I've been designing, building, and flying
rockets of all sizes for over 20 years. Along the way, I've learned a thing
or two about building strong and nicely finished models. I discovered very early
on when beginning to get into larger motors that using F motors and bigger in
standard models produces large amounts of confetti and "sky writing".
Even before the debris hit the ground, I knew I had to find an alternative.
At first, heavy duty cardboard tubing, plywood fins and epoxy became the new
materials of choice. I was on the right track, but there were still some
problems. Almost every time I flew one of my "new and improved"
rockets, even after a perfect flight, there seemed to be some kind of repair to
be done. A broken fin, a kinked airframe, or damaged motor mount. I thought that
I was doing something wrong, but most of my "rocket buddies" that
had also ventured into higher power levels were having the same problems.
Hundreds of phone calls, scores of dead ends, and dozens of samples later, I
finally found the right airframe/motor mount material, and it was the right
price...phenolic tubing. The more I worked with it, the more I liked it. I
eventually began building rockets for my buddies with the new materials. This
then led to component manufacturing, the creation of PML as a company, and
eventually complete kits. Gerald Kolb and Frank formed PML "the
company" back in 1990, and have had almost 12 years of success together.
However, in the Fall of 2001, Jerry decided to pursue other opportunities
available to him outside of PML, and Frank became the sole owner and proprietor.
Frank has always been the lead project designer and production engineer, so you
can be confident that you'll still get the same great quality, unique systems,
and innovation that PML has built it's reputation on.
From the beginning PML have devoted ourselves to researching, developing, and
marketing new materials and components.
Some of our most innovative products have been: G10 fiberglass fins.
Waddingless piston ejection system. Quantum Tube airframe. The Kwik Switch motor
system. CPR Close Proximity Recovery, now in it's third generation.