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High School Seniors Sanzio Angeli, of Clover Hill High School, and Dylan Whitesel, of Midlothian High School, hope to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer research and break a world record at the same time. They are combining their love for model rocketry with community citizenship to create "Rocket4theCure." Sanzio and Dylan are selling model rockets for $10 each to be launched simultaneously, hoping to launch 4,000 rockets, which would shatter the standing record, all while raising money for The Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

http://rocket4thecure.org/

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Modification - X-15

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Contributed by Steve Lindeman

Brief

In all fairness I can't do a brief description on this kit as there is a small story behind it. As is normal for me this is not an actual review of the Estes NASA X-15 (0889) [1988-1989].

X-15

It is a kit bashed, clone by transition. I came about the idea of doing the X-15 as the G-15 after building my first eight Goonybirds. The logical choice was to wait until the 15th Baby Bertha kit bash and then do the G-15 (Goony-15). Well as luck would have it I built her like I was building a Goony only to discover in the end that the original kit was a BT-60 based rocket and that I merely had to do a nose cone swap to make it a modified clone.

X-15 Clone 

Components

As I said this was a kit bash-clone project so the main components were as follows:

From Baby Bertha kit:

  • 1- BT-60 Body Tube
  • 1- PNC-60 Nose Cone
  • 1- Launch Lug
  • 1- Engine Hook
  • 1- Shock Cord
  • 1- Assembled 12" Parachute (transparent orange plastic)
  • 1- Mylar Retainer
  • 1- Green Engine Block
  • 1- Blue Engine Mount Tube
  • 1- Centering Ring Card
  • 1- 1/8" Sheet of Balsa

 From my personal stock:

  • 1- Sheet Computer Paper (for printing new decals and covering all balsa wood)
  • 1- Empty Cereal Box (for making Wing Shrouds)
  • 1-PNC-60AH Nose Cone (from one of my old semi-retired Estes Prowler's)
  • Hobbylite filler by Hobbico (for molding canopy)

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Glenn Weiss

AKA: GlennW

Location: Randolph, NJ

Club Memberships: GSSS

Biography:

Did rocketry as a kid and occasionally as an adult.  Got into it on a regular basis around 2003 when my oldest son showed an interest.  We are low power flyers primarily with an interest in scale rocketry.

Club Home Page: www.robnee.com/gsss

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Finished Birds


Tau Zero (outside)

Photo by Robert Belknap

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2009-03-21 AstronMike's Gliders at the TTRA Launch

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