Centuri Collection of Model Rocket Art
Centuri Engineering Artwork
Centuri Engineering was renowned for its outstanding kit designs and graphics. Among the most loved of these kits were the Centuri Stellar line which featured incredibly colorful box art that is unmatched in the hobby to this day. For the first time, collectors can own canvas reproductions of the original box art illustrations used on the classic Centuri Stellar line of kits.
The canvas artwork has been produced under the direct personal supervision of Centuri Engineering founder, Lee Piester. All funds will benefit the National Collection of Model and Sport Rocketry.
1. Make a “Pay Forward Proud” donation. All donations are welcome, but only donations over $250 are eligible to purchase from the Centuri Art Collection. All donation proceeds minus Paypal fees go to the NAR.
2. Centuri Art Collection purchases will be done from StretchandStaple.com in a separate transaction. Currently available artwork includes: Saturn V, Big Shot, Apollo Little Joe II, Saturn 1B, and Centuri Space Shuttle.
3. After your eligible donation over $250, you will receive ordering instructions via email.
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What we have done
The Museum of Flight is our rocketry museum and has acquired the Estes and Piester collections—a significant part of our hobby’s history.
In order to curate the G. Harry Stine Collection, the National Association of Rocketry raised nearly $50,000 and the Museum of Flight matched these funds. The Museum of Flight hired project archivist, Charise Michelson. She is currently engaged in making the G. Harry Stine Collection available for NAR members.
Take a look at The Museum of Flight presentation to see what these donations are accomplishing. The museum has already created an online image library from the first early NARAMs which can be accessed by NAR members.
What your money will buy
The Museum of Flight has acquired the Estes and Piester collections—which are a significant part of our hobby’s history. The funds will be used to allow a professional museum archivist to organize, inventory, and prepare the collections for access by NAR members and rocketry enthusiasts everywhere.
Vern & Gleda Estes founded Estes industries in 1958 and began building the largest model rocket company in existence. Their collection spans 60+ years of hobby rocketry and features artifacts from the very inception of model rocketry. This collection includes a dazzling array of original Estes catalog models which were on display in Vern and Gleda’s home as well as numerous rocketry related awards, gifts and presentations from admirers and industry.
Lee and Betty Piester launched Centuri Engineering in 1961. Their collection features 100’s of pieces from the very beginnings of the company. Lee and Betty did an incredible job of keeping catalogs, kits, starter sets, and photographs while running Centuri. All of these pieces are included in their collection. For a video tour of just some of the pieces that are in the Piester collection, click here.
What does it matter
These artifacts are the foundational components from the earliest days of model rocketry and document an emerging technology which grew into the hobby we know today. Many items in the collection need to be professionally conserved, to preserve them for future generations to inspire, enjoy, and learn from.
Why is your donation urgent
The NAR and Museum of Flight would like to have an uninterrupted transition from the Stine Collection onto the Estes and Piester collections and retain the services of our now experienced rocketry archivist. Your donation will allow Charise Michelson to continue work on these important collections of early model rocket history. Her valuable skills must be used to organize and preserve the foundational elements from the Piester and Estes Collections as part of the National Collection of Model and Sport Rocketry.
We have the will and the organizational impetus to reach our goal, we need to funds available to see the project through to its conclusion. Our goal is $25,000 by the end of 2019. Make your donation today!
Why should I contribute? Read this letter from NAR President, John Hochheimer.
Support the curation of the Estes and Piester collections
with two fantastic ways to donate.
I. Centuri Artwork Donation
By making a donation of $250 to the NAR History Fund, you will then receive the opportunity of purchase any of the Centuri Collection of Model Rocket Art shown below.
II. Make a Donation
Make a donation in any amount to the NAR History Fund. Your donation will help in having an uninterrupted transition from the Stine Collection to the Estes and Piester collections and retain the services of our experienced rocketry archivist.