A Nostalgic Look Back to Jim DiMambro's
Discount Hobby Center

 


In the early 2000's the Discount Hobby Center was run by Jim DiMambro. It was a rocket lovers go-to store. This was the store's website.

The new owners of this domain remember going to the the Discount Hobby Center as kids to buy rocket kits. Many years later when they had the opportunity to buy the domain they scooped it up. This is their tribute to Jim DiMambro's wonderful store and particularly to its fine selection of rockets!!
Content is from the site's circa 2000 archived pages.

Eventually Jim DiMambro sold the store to new owners who ran it for a number of years. Under this new ownership the Discount Hobby Specialties carried everything you could imagine for hobby lovers and if they didn't have it in store they would order it for you and have it in a couple of days. There were toys for any kid or adult. They carried rocketry, remote control boats, planes, cars and tanks. There was a wide selection of plastic ships, tanks, cars, military planes and accessories. They also had kites, puzzles, games, paints and supplies, in addition to kits for Star Trek and the Munsters among a few others, PLUS classic items like Mr. Potato Head, Thomas the Train and even some Yankees and Jets gear.

Sadly, according to Yelpers, the Discount Hobby Center is now permanently closed.

 

CIRCA 2000

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jim DiMambro and I am the owner of the Discount Hobby Center. I've been in the hobby and rocketry business for 27 years now - scary - and am happy to be able to offer our tremendous savings and service over the Internet to you.

I'm the guy you'll talk to when you place your order. Additionally, I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the rockets I offer and rocketry in general. I hold a level 2 certification in the NAR(#56523) and TRA(#2888) and am a member of NARCON, a conneticut based Tripoli prefecture.

We stock everything we have listed on our site, which is quite a lot and take pride in that. If you have questions or comments pertaining to anything about rocketry, price, or stock questions, call me or submit a comment form at your convenience. If you would like to e-mail me, I'm at jim@discounthobbycenter.com. We want to be your High Power Rocketry Source!

Regards, Jim DiMambro

DHC Launches Military Models Page
Discount Hobby Center has been a leader in the Model Kits mail-order arena for over 20 years. Now we are bringing our experience and expertise to the Internet along with the incredible prices customers have come to expect from DHC. For the best deals on Tamiya and Verlinden models please visit our models page

 

At Discount Hobby Center we are committed to featuring the best manufacturers of quality high-power model rockets in the industry. Our list speaks for itself - along with pricing that can't be beat.

We have nearly everything we list in stock! Compare prices and see what the DISCOUNT in Discount Hobby Center is all about........

We carry the full line of high quality Loc/Precision Rocket kits and Parts. Make Discount Hobby Center your one stop Loc/Precision dealer and save a bundle while your doing it !

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An aside: As a kid growing up I loved the Discount Hobby Center. I'd go online with my Dad and we would spend hours checking out their newest rockets. By the tie I was in high school and earning my own money I could indulge a bit more, but still needed to use a parental's credit card to place the order. Now living on my own after college I hadn't really thought about the Discount Hobby Center until my mother called and told me they were getting rid of a lot of stuff before moving into an adults only community in Florida. Did I want all my old rockets that she had kept for me? I agreed to drive to their home, my childhood home, and pick up my stuff. I brought my two miniature schnauzers, Tip and Tap with me. My parents had never met them and thought they were so sweet and playful. While I loaded my car my parents played games of fetch with them. As I was about to go, my mother asked if I wanted any of the extra throw pillows she was planning on donating to the local Salvation Army.

"Wouldn't these be the perfect beds for the dog in your life?" "That's dogs, Mom", I replied. And actually I already have dog beds for Tip and Tap that do look like round pillows. Because they are covered in designer fabrics, I have had friends drop by and use them as floor pillows. Fortunately Tip and Tap like to share, so no one has been growled at. LOL."

I showed her a pic on my phone of the dogs on their new round dogs beds the day they arrived from GoodnightDog. My mother was amazed at the dog bed fabrics. The fabric happened to be the exact design she had on their bedroom drapes. Talk about coincidence.

So here I am at my own place going through the boxes with all my rockets which are mostly from the Discount Hobby Center. It sure brings back a lot of great memories.

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Estes Classics have arrived! Checkout out our unbelievable deals on the these new Estes Releases:

  • Maxi Alpha 3 - $24.50
  • V-2 Rocket - $21.00
  • Super Big Bertha - $24.50
  • Honest John - $45.50



Where can I find out about ordering information:
Checkout out the Ordering Information Page. You'll find explanantions about the various options we offer concerning ordering, payment options, and shipping.

Also, You can fill out our Quick Quote Form and get the questions you need answered and the discount pricing you want - fast! We have Level II certified TRA & NAR personnel on staff.

What are your shipping costs: We charge a flat rate of $5.98 to ship anywhere in the lower 48 states. Doesn't matter if you buy a single motor or a dozen kits, the price is $5.98. Please note that this delivery method usually takes between 4 -10 working days for delivery. Int'l and non-lower 48 should e-mail us for a shipping charge. We ship all motors USPS.

 

Secure Shopping at discounthobbycenter.com

To start shopping right away checkout our Quicklinks Dropdown window on this page or go directly to Rocket Kits, Motors, or Components for the best values in the business!

Please read our Ordering Information page for details on getting the products you need at the discounts you deserve.

*Important Ordering Information: Please be advised that under federal government regulations the purchase of all solid propellant rocket motors must be shipped via ground transportation. This delivery method usually takes anywhere from 4 - 10 working days for delivery.

  Rocketman Kits and Recovery Systems
We are proud to introduce our newest product line to the DHC website. Rocketman Enterprises has long been a leader in innovation in the high power rocketry arena. Now you can get terrific discounts on Rocketman's full line of awesome Kits and recovery systems 

 

 

Make sure to revisit our Motors area. We will be continously updating all pricing in this category to remain the best on the Internet. 

If you would like a price quote e-mailed to you on an item you don't see, please fill out our quick-quote form.


 

ASPIRE - $33.95
DIAMETER : 2.6 inches
LENGTH: 46 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 29MM
PARACHUTE: 18 inches

Easy to build sport rocket with illustrated instructions, high-quality aircraft grade ply fins and centering rings. Interlocking construction for a strong airframe. 18 inch parachute, 29MM motor mount. Perfect rocket for beginners in high power. E through H motors recommended. 

 

EXCEL - $58.95(38MM)   $67.95(54MM)

DIAMETER: 4 inches
LENGTH: 50 inches
MOTOR MOUNT : 38MM or 54MM option
PARACHUTE  : 30 inches
REC. MOTORS : F,I

4 inch Diameter Sport Rocket Designed with the beginner in mind. The Excel is 50 inches long. Easy to build with illustrated instructions, high-quality aircraft grade ply fins and centering rings. The perfect rocket for Tripoli Conformation flights! Interlocking construction for a strong airframe. 30 inch high visibility parachute, 38MM motor mount. Call for 54MM motor-mount option. F through I motors recommended. 

 
 

EXCEL PLUS - $69.25(38MM)   $72.95(54MM)

DIAMETER   : 4 inches
LENGTH     : 67 inches
MOTOR MOUNT : 38MM or 54MM option
PARACHUTE  : 36 inches 
REC. MOTORS : G,I

A new twist on a great design! We've added a new larger payload bay to a proven performer. The Excl Plus is a 4 inch diameter Sport rocket designed with the beginner in mind. 67 inches long, the Excel is Easy to build with illustrated instructions, high-quality aircraft grade ply fins and centering rings. Interlocking construction for a strong airframe. 36 inch high visibility parachute, 38MM motor mount. Call for 54mm motor mount option. G though I motors recommended. 54 mm version is hybrid-Ready and includes 3/16 inch ply fins.  

 
 

STEALTH - $70.40(38MM)   $78.95(54MM)

DIAMETER:4 inches
LENTGH: 67 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 38MM or 54MM option
PARACHUTE: 36 inches
RECOMMENDED MOTORS: H-I

Flat black and hot! This 4 inch diameter sport rocket is 67 inches long. Kit includes cut and sanded 1/8 inch aircraft quality plywood fins and centering rings, plastic nose con. Includes 36 inch BLACK parachute, computer designed and cut vinyl decals to finish as shown, fin alignment guide, and great instructions! 54MM version available with 3/16 inch fins. 

 
 

SENTINEL - $70.40(38MM)   $78.95(54MM)

DIAMETER: 4 inches
LENTGH: 84 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 38MM or 54MM option
PARACHUTE: 36 inches
RECOMMENDED MOTORS: H-I

The SENTINEL is an easy to build kit which includes cut and sanded 1/8" aircraft quality plywood fins and centering rings, plastic nose cone, 45" high visibility parachute, computer designed and cut vinyl decals, fin alignment guide, and super instructions! 54MM version include 3/16" ply fin and its HYBRID READY! 

 
 

SAMURAI - $70.40(38MM)   $78.95(54MM)

DIAMETER: 4 inches
LENGTH: 84 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 38MM or 54MM option
PARACHUTE: 45 inches

Kit includes cut and sanded 1/8 inch aircraft quality plywood fins, plastic nose-cone, high visibility para chute, computer designed and cut vinyl decals to finish as shown, fin alignment guide, and great instructions! 54MM version includes 3/16 inch fins. 

 
 

EXOCET - $149.50(54MM)

DIAMETER: 4 inches
LENGTH: 63 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 54MM
PARACHUTE: 45 inches

A 4 inch diameter Sport Scale Rocket. 63 inches long, 54MM motor mount only. A highly detailed kit including all balsa and plywood for surface detailing, custom fiberglass nose cone available, 45 inch high- visibility parachute, and detailed instructions. Don't let it's looks fool you, it's not hard to build, and it's extremely strong! Includes standard 3.9 plastic nose cone, computer cut and designed vinyl decals and stripes, 3/16 inch ply fins, 1/8 inch ply fin triplers, and all necessary parts and instructions for hybrid use. 

 
 

IRIS - $67.75(38MM)   $76.50(54MM)

DIAMETER: 4 inches
LENTGH: 67 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 38MM or 54MM option
PARACHUTE: 18 inches

A 4 inch diameter Sport Scale Rocket. 67 inches long, 38MM motor mount also available. Kit includes hints for optional surface detailing, Plastic nose cone, 36 inch high visibility parachute, Aircraft quality 3/16 inch plywood fins, 1/8 inch ply centering rings, and detailed instructions. A super flying, super stable rocket, the IRIS, and excellent performer with a 54MM mount and Hybrid Power! 

 
 

THUG - $41.50(29MM)    $43.95(38MM)

DIAMETER: 4 inches
LENTGH: 33 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 29MM or 38MM option
PARACHUTE: 24 inches

If you're looking for a small performer, the Thug is for you! Designed for those wanting a 4 inch diameter sport rocket that can fly on as little as a an E motor, or you can throw a H-180 in it and watch it go! Kit includes plastic nose cone, 1/8 inch cut and sanded ply fins, excellent instructions, and computer designed and cut vinyl lettering. A great small flying site performer!  

 
 

JAGUAR - $48.39(38MM)    $57.18(54MM)

DIAMETER: 2.6 inches
LENGTH: 80 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 38MM
PARACHUTE: 30 inches

The Jaguar is a High Performance, 80 inches x 2.6 inch diameter altitude rocket with many features that make it especially well suited to it's intended mission. Features include payload bay, dual recovery bay for R/C ejection of drogue and main parachute (30 inch parachute included, drogue available separately), two bulkhead assemblies, and 38mm motor tube. Kit includes cut and sanded 1/8 inch aircraft ply fins, plastic nose cone, 30 inch high visibility parachute, computer designed and cut vinyl decals to finish as shown, fin alignment guide, and easy to understand instructions.

 
 

SPIKE - $22.87(29MM)

DIAMETER: 2.6 inches
LENGTH: 30 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 29MM
PARACHUTE: 18 inches

All new 2.6 inch diameter kit designed with small flying sites in mind. Inexpensive and simple, the Spike is extremely easy to build. Kit includes everything needed to complete and an 18 inch high-visibility parachute. This is a perfect rocket for those looking for an introduction to high power rocketry. 

 
 

RAPTOR - $83.50

DIAMETER: 4 inches
LENGTH: 67 inches
MOTOR MOUNT: 54MM
PARACHUTE: 45 inches
REC. MOTORS: H,I,J,K

The RAPTOR was designed exclusively for the new Hybrid Motors, and includes all necessary instructions and materials for hybrid use. A lightweight, hot performer, the kit includes cut and sanded 3/16 inch aircraft quality plywood fins, plastic nose cone, 45 inch high visibility parachute, computer designed and cut vinyl decals to finish as shown, fin alignment guide, and easy to understand instructions! 

 



 

 

 

Mustang - $38.95
31" x 1.9" - Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

 

Initiator - $44.50
39" x 2.6" Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

 

HV Arcas - $54.50
56" x 2.6"Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

Arreaux - $42.95
43" x 1.9" Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

ISQY Tomahawk - $42.95
41" x 1.9" Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

Astrobee D - $67.95
68" x 2.6" Motor Mount: 29mm

Cheetah - $36.95
32" x 1.9" Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

Strong Arm - $54.50
44" x 2.6" Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

Wart Hog - $47.95
37" x 2.6" Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

Mirage - $67.95
87" x 2.6" Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

Barracuda - $44.50
56" x 1.9" Motor Mount: 29mm (includes 24mm adapter)

 

 



 

About Us 2014

Discount Hobby Center is under new ownership and management (Discount Hobby Specialties). Our goals are low prices and prompt service.

We stock just about everything we have listed on our site and take pride in this fact. If you have questions or comments pertaining to rocketry (components, motors, parachutes), price, or stock items, contact us by phone: (315) 736-4434 at your convenience. We have a Level 2 Rocketeer available who can answer any questions you might have about rocketry. WE WANT TO BE YOUR HIGH-POWER ROCKETRY SOURCE!

Discount Hobbies Specialties
214 Oriskany Blvd.
Whitesboro, NY 13492

 

UPDATE:

As of 2019 the Discount Hobby Center is closed permanently.

 

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