Many rocketeers from the golden age of rocketry were brought into the sport through beginners kits. The most famous kit was probably the Estes Alpha but many chose the Centuri Astro-1.
The Astro-1 appeared for the first time in the 1969 Centuri catalog. Centuri designed the Astro-1 to be an excellent beginners kit. One of my favorite aspects of the Astro-1 were the large fins that just screamed “Speed”! The Astro-1 included a new concept known as the “Quick-Change” engine lock that became standard on model rockets. Initially the Plastic Nose Cone was advertised as a “Plastic Payload Cone” and the parachute was a mighty 16 inch diameter. The model was available from Centuri from 1969 until 1983.
The original plans can be found at Jim-Z – Link here
Parts for Centuri Astro 1 #KB-17/#5047
- 1 PNC 5” (2 parts on payload version)
- 1 Elastic Shock Cord SC-18 1/8″W x 24″L
- 1 Shock Cord Fastener SCF-1
- 1 Chute 16”
- 1 Body Tube 9.45” L ST-10
- 1 Launch Lug 2.25″ L LL-2
- 1 Balsa Sheet BFM-10 3″W x 11″L x 3/32″ – Pattern here
- 1 Thrust Ring 3/8″L TR-7
- 2 Centering Rings 1/4″L CR-10
- 1 Engine Tube 3″L ST-7
- 1 Engine Lock EL-1
- 1 Decal 3″W x 4.5″L – Pattern here
Semroc Astro-1 (Great kit and true to the original)
You can also print up a lovely downscale of the Astro-1.