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Excelsior Rocketry - Goonydent {Plan}

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Contributed by Steve Lindeman


The Goonydent is Excelsior Rocketry's Goony version of the Estes classic Trident kit [K-33, 1233](1968-1974). It was by far the most expensive kit bash I've done so far at a cost of about $45.00. However the end results were worth the investment.


For this build I used the following components:

 ♦ 1- Set of plans and decals from Excelsior Rocketry

 ♦ 2- Baby Bertha Kits (#'s 16 & 17 for those of you that have followed my Goonyness)

 ♦ 1- BNC-60 (Baby Bertha style)

 ♦ 6- BNC-5's (Mosquito style)

 ♦ 3- 18" BT-5 tubes

 ♦ 1- 24mm Motor Mount (with 2 CR's)

 ♦ 1- 18" Plastic Parachute (from an old Estes rocket)

 ♦ 1- 3'x1/4" Elastic Cord

 ♦ 2- 3/16" Launch Lugs

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