Contributed by Lester Anderson
A kitbash modification of an Estes Baby Bertha kit. It looks like a sci-fi version of a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air.
The usual standard of Estes parts found in the Baby Bertha kit.
Pretty easy build. You end up cutting 2 of the stock fins to make the primary wings on the model. The "exhaust stacks" need 8 launch lugs to fabricate them. The hardest part is carving the "hand" that sticks up over the top fin/windshield. To get it to look right you almost have to trace the decal on to the fin stock.
2 different colors of paint to make the model look right. I hate masking, I always seem to get bleed under.
Straight up and slow. Spirals around itself.
No issues here. Standard Estes 123 inch parachute deploys like it should.
Too bad the plans are OOP. I would love to upscale this little beast.
|2009-08-12 ||Steve Lindeman's '57 Goony||B6-4||-|| Another great lift-off and a beautiful flight with rocket popping chute just after apogee. Gentle ...|
|2011-05-29 ||Steve Lindeman's '57 Goony||B6-4||-|| Great flight straight up with parachute just past apogee. Recovery in neighbors field about 60-70' ...|
|2012-09-08||Edward Chess's Excelsior Rocketry - '57 Goony||B6-4||-|| First flight, some rotation as expected, at apogee, good flight |
|2013-07-13||Edward Chess's Excelsior Rocketry - '57 Goony||B6-4||-|| Chute at apogee, some rotation, and slight wiggle at top |
|2014-05-24||Edward Chess's Excelsior Rocketry - '57 Goony||B6-4||-|| Good boost, lots of rotation, chute at apogee, no damage |
|2014-09-06 ||Steve Lindeman's '57 Goony||B6-4||-|| Good lift off with only slight weather cocking. Parachute deployed after apogee and rocket drifted ...|
|2017-06-25||Edward Chess's Excelsior Rocketry - '57 Goony||B4-4||-|| Spinning flight, but stable in wind. Reefed chute caused short recovery, but some road rash. |
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