Some friends and I have recently started mucking around with model rockets, and are trying to find somewhere in Australia that has decent stock and prices for engines and parts etc. Having had a quick look overseas (apogeerockets, hobbylinc, launchpad2000 etc) at the prices on engines, and even rockets themselves I was a bit disgruntled with the prices we pay in Australia.
For example the Estes 'Blast off flight pack' in Australia sells for on average around $110 (online example:but sells for as little as $44AU overseas (online example: Another example is single 3-rocket packs of Estes engines; a pack of 3 'C6-5's sell for around $19 locally (online example: and as low as $7AU overseas. We would be happy to buy from overseas and wait a month or so for delivery, but noone seems to be able to ship engines internationally (HAZMAT reasons obviously).
Are we destined to be screwed by high prices, or is there a local alternative available? We wouldn't mind buying in bulk if it means we can get a half decent price. ps. Is there any active rocket associations in NSW currently?