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Today's Featured Review

Excelsior Rocketry - '57 Goony {Plan}

Manufacturer:Excelsior Rocketry
Style:Goonybird

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Contributed by Steve Lindeman

Brief

The '57 Goony is unlike any of Excelsior Rocketry's other "Goony Retro-Bash" line of decal/plan sets in that it is not based on any of the Estes kits as the other offerings are. Instead this one gets its insperation from an automobile. Their ad says " The 57 GOONY is the rocket that says.. "Tailfins? I'll show you tailfins!".

Excelsior Rocketery's '57 Goony

Components

Components required for this build are:

   1- '57 Goony Plan/Decal set from Excelsior Rocketry, $7.00 plus shipping

   1- Estes Baby Bertha kit from local Hobby Lobby, $9.95 plus tax

   8- 1/8" launch lugs for the Headers (I made my own)

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Today's Featured Flyer

Steve Lindeman

AKA: Goonster

Location: Lansing, MI

Certification Level: NAR

Club Memberships: JMRC NAR#620, S.M.A.S.H. NAR#500

Favorite Rockets: Goony Birds, DynaStar's - Snarky, Estes - E-Interseptors and any of my scratch builts

Biography:

A native of Iowa, my family moved to Texas in early 60's where I first got into rocketry during the Apollo era when every kid wanted to be an astronaut. My introduction to the sport was an Astron X-Ray which I ordered from an add in Boy's Life Magazine through the Boy Scout's and launched with a medium sized 2" long grasshopper as a bug-a-naught. Both rocket and grasshopper survived the flight. Dropped out in 1966 due to military hitch then moved to Michigan after getting married and starting a 30 year career at G.M.. Was back into the hobby for a while in mid 70's before again dropping out until the late 90's just before my retirement. Now I truly am a Born Again Rocketeer and devote a lot more time to building and flying rockets. My current fleet has grown to over 100 (sixteen of which are Goony Birds). I also have a granddaughter now that I take to launches and that I help build rockets with and that will someday inherit my collection. Her favorite rocket is my kit-bashed Cloud Hopper (Goonies are among her favorites as well).

Favorite Quote:

"I'll never grow up" : Peter Pan

"Beam me up Scotty", "Warp Speed Ahead" : Star Trek's Captain Kirk

Club Home Page: http://www.jmrconline.org/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/steven.lindeman.9

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NEFAR Launches

May 2013 Launch


Mega Der Red Max Lift-Off

Photo by Roger Smith

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