The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
Eagle Models: Centuri Flying Rocket Eagle
Compiled by Martin Willey


US 1976-1978

Available in two forms:

  • "Flying Model Rocket starter set" No.5314 (includes "Powr Pad" -sic- launch system) $17
  • "Flying Model Rocket Kit" No. 5316 (does not include launch system) $8

"Centuri's version of the Eagle Transporter is near scale and includes only those alterations necessary for atmospheric flight and hobby kit production. The Eagle portion of the kit is all blow-moulded styrene for weight reduction, and serves as a giant nose cone. The Flight Module uses standard model rocketry design engineering to provide a reliable and stable upward flight. This is a hobby kit; not a toy, and is designed for the beginner as well as more advanced rocketeers."

The Eagle is 33cm long, with a conventional finned rocket module (28cm long). The rocket is fired electrically; at peak altitude a delay charge separates the Eagle and flight module, which parachute back to the ground. The Starter Set includes the "Powr Pad" launch stand unit (otherwise this must be purchased separately).

The Eagle is reasonably accurate; the side pods (which lack legs), rear rocket nozzles and underside rocket nozzles are separate parts of the kit. The model must be painted; wet transfer decals (the pilot windows, insignia and "Danger" signs) are supplied.

Starter kit- in box Rocket kit- in pack

Instruction manual

A very good 21 x 28cm 8-page instruction manual is included, illustrated with b/w photos and art, including 11 series photos. A generic "Model Rocket Mini-Manual" is also included. The Rocket Kit is sold in a bag with 20 x 44cm card cover, featuring art of their Eagle and diagrams of rocket flight, with a small reversed b/w photo of Koenig & Helena.