Modification - GoonAries SST {Modification} Modification

Contributed by Steve Lindeman

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Published: 2014-04-28
Manufacturer: Modification
Style: Goonybird
Aries SST

Brief

Here I go again. For those of you that have followed my Goonyness  this was Baby Bertha kit bash #10. Again this is not a kit review of the original Estes Aries SST (Kit #1927) [1983-1984]. 

It is another of my many kit bashes. All fin patterns and decals came from  http://www.spacemodeling.org/JimZ/est1927.htm. The major difference being that mine is a Goony version of the Aries SST and as such is built with a BT-60 tube instead of a BT-50 tube that was used in the original.

Goonaries SST 

I'm only doing this review as no one has written one for this little beauty from the past.

Components

As stated this is a kit bash so the main components are 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

From My Stock Pile:

  • 2- Sheets Printer Paper (for printing out new decals and covering balsa)
  • 1- Cereal Box Panal (for making the engine shrouds)

Decals from the Baby Bertha were discarded and balsa wood was gone over with HobbyLite filler to fill in all laser cuts. After a light sanding to smooth things out all balsa was sprayed with 3M Spray Adhesive and covered with white printer paper. New patterns were then drawn for all parts on the wood and cut out using an Exacto knife and hobby saw.

Construction

Construction was simple and straight forward. Wood was cut and glued together per instructions. Step 7 was the first Con: as I had to re-cut all the balsa wood parts. Steps 10 and 11 were the next Con: as I had to use a cereal box to make the engine shrouds. From there I followed the plans again until Step 15 where the other modification was made. This was Con: #3. The NC for this build is from the Baby Bertha so two canards had to be cut from left over balsa and attached to the NC. This was done by cutting a notch in the center of each canard root edge and gluing in a 1/2" end length of tooth pick before covering with paper. I then drilled two holes of the same size as the tooth picks on opposite sides of each other on the NC for attachment points. Canards were then attached with super glue. This was done in order to help hold the canards on straight and for strength. I also took a long thin stick with a drop of super glue on the end of it and applied it to the insides of NC where the tooth picks came through the holes to help anchor them. On the Pro: side, Step 17 was simpler due to the wood being paper covered. Only had to prime, sand and paint for a flawless finish.


Ready for main paint job

Finishing

Finishing was done in the standard fashion of priming entire rocket with Rust-Oleum 2x Primer, a light sanding, and then applying two coats of Krylon Gloss White. Decals were then printed out on standard printer paper and clear coated. Once dry they were cut out and attached with a glue stick. After allowing them to cure a bit and making sure none were lose rocket was clear coated with Krylon Clear Gloss to seal decals on.

GoonAries SST Top View GoonAries SST Bottom View

Top & Bottom Views

 

 GoonAries SST Glamour Shot 1

GoonAries SST  Glamour Shots

GoonAries SST Glamour Shot 2

Construction Score: 5

Flight

Maiden flight took place on 06-19-10 at a S.M.A.S.H. club regional meet on a B6-4 and was picture perfect. To bad I forgot to take photos. This was a contest weekend and I was busy helping out with timers. I do remember that the rocket jumped off the pad and weather cocked slightly into the wind as it climbed nice and high with parachute being deployed just after it nosed over.

Recovery

Parachute deployment was just about right and rocket descended down range a medium distance at what appeared to be a reasonable speed. Upon recovery found rocket had suffered slight damage to left rudder (broken off). Will be repaired and flown again. I fear this may be a recurring problem though with this rocket as they stick out a ways from the end of the wings are the first thing to hit the ground so will see. 

Flight Rating: 4

Summary

Another fun kit bash and a gem of a flyer. Sure to draw attention at any launch because of it's uniqueness.

Overall Rating: 5
 

Follow - up

Second flight was with the Jackson club down at M.I.S. on another B6-4 with the same basic results. Right side rudders broken off this time but may be due to hard impact.

On the pad Recovery

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