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Modification - USSF Goonyflash {Modification}

Manufacturer:Modification
Style:Goonybird

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Contributed by Steve Lindeman

Brief

For those of you following my Goonyness this is Baby Bertha kit bash #9. So OK this is not a kit review so much as it's actually another of my kit bashes. All fin patterns and decals came from  http://www.spacemodeling.org/JimZ/estes/est1909.pdf.

The main difference is that mine is a Goony version of the USSF Fireflash (Estes Kit #1909). I'm only doing this review because no one has written a review for this marvelous rocket.

USSF Fireflash

Original Estes USSF Fireflash (1909) [1983-1984]

 

Components

As stated this is a kit bash so the main components come from a Baby Bertha Kit. As a result this will be a BT-60 based rocket instead of the stock BT-50 tube.

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

Decals and wood from the Baby Bertha were placed in with my salvage materials and new wood was used to make all necessary parts for this build. Along with the new wood I also used two 2" long large incense sticks for parts 'I' and two extra launch lugs for parts 'G' in the instructions. The decals were printed on standard printer paper.

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Today's Featured Flyer

Bill Eichelberger

AKA: Wallyum, Fishhead, Fire Marshall Bill

Location: Ft. Thomas, KY

Certification Level: NAR - Bronze

Club Memberships: Wright Stuff Rocketeers, Dayton, OH, QUARK, Cincinnati, OH

Favorite Rockets: Estes Condor, Estes Satellite Interceptor, any Goony, Semroc Lil Hustler, Centuri Raven, Centuri USS America, Centuri Mach 10, FSI Viking

Biography:

First started flying in the summer of 1977.  Lost interest in college, made the classic mistake of giving almost all of my rockets away, then started over in the early 90's after my son was born.  Sam and I flew an occasional mix of semi-RTF stuff until my brother in law took me to a launch in Cleveland in 2001, after which the bug bit hard once again.  Since then I've gone with the occasional ebbs and flows of the hobby, seen a lot of changes, made a lot of friends, and lost a great field.   

Favorite Quote:

"No one respects the flame quite like the fool who's badly burned" - Pete Townshend

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Tom Tweit's Retro Rebel Lift-Off

Photo by Roger Smith

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