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Steve Lindeman's Page

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

RocketReviews.com Pages:

2018-06-17

XF-48 White Knight - Maiden Flight

Build Entry

Maiden flight was on an Estes F15-6 and took place at M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground Brooklyn, MI on 06-16-18. Nice slow climb to around 400'. Rocket did about 5 or 6 barrel rolls on the way up. Parachute at apogee. Slow decent with no damage on recovery. Beautiful 1st flight. XF-48 White ... [More]

2018-06-16

Scissor Wing Transport

Flight

Nice slow climb up to altitude. Ejection charge at apogee but glider nosed over to much. Not much glide and hard landing. Much damage on recovery. Wing sheared off again due to lawn dart. Parachute OK but end of boost tube shredded. Part of boost tube still in glider. Main BT of glider has a bad ... [More]

2018-04-29

Turbo Stealth

Flight

7th flight of the day. Finally got a good motor. Rocket went straight up about 50' and then tumbled back to the ground about 50' from pad. No damage. Forgot to put memory card back in camera so no photo. - 1/2A3-2T - Out back of house - Laingsberg, MI [More]

Stealth Version 2.0

Flight

6th flight of the day. Another bad motor. Rocket got about 15-20 feet before falling back to ground. Again the nozzle blew out and not the ejection cap. Rocket recovered 12' from pad with no damage. Forgot to put memory card back in camera so no photo. - 1/2A3-2T - Out back of house - Laingsberg, ... [More]

Pyramid

Flight

5th of the day. Repeat of first flight but slightly less altitude, maybe 12'. Motor again blew out nozzle but ejection cap still intact. Rocket recovered 6' from pad. More scorching on bottom. No other damage. - 1/2A3-2T - Out back of house - Laingsberg, MI [More]

Pyramid

Flight

4th flight of the day. Bad pack of motors. Rocket barely made 15 ' of pad before becoming a lawn dart. Recovery showed nozzle blown out but ejection cap still intact. Slight scorching on bottom of rocket but no other damage. - 1/2A3-2T - Out back of house - Laingsberg, MI [More]

Pinwheel

Flight

8th and final flight of the day. The 13mm Pinwheel had a nice spin all the way up to about 100' or so. Nice gentle fall back to the ground with no damage. Forgot to put memory card back in camera so no photo. - A10-3T - Out back of house - Laingsberg, MI [More]

Cinco

Flight

3rd flight of the day. Cinco went straight up to about 50-60 feet and then tumbled back to the ground about 45' from launch pad. No damage. Forgot to put memory card back in camera so no photo. - 1/2A3-2T - Out back of house - Laingsberg, MI [More]

MMX Pinwheel

Flight

Maiden flight was out back of the house. Flight was basically straight up to about 50-55 feet with a nice spin. Fell back to the ground 8' from pad. Cool flight. - MicroMaxx - Laingsberg, MI [More]

MMX Pinwheel

Flight

Maiden flight was out back of the house. Flight was basically straight up to about 50-55 feet with a nice spin. Fell back to the ground 8' from pad. Cool flight. - MicroMaxx - Laingsberg, MI [More]

Michigan Flag Cubit

Flight

2nd flight of the day. Straight up launch to about 55-60 feet. Tumbled back to ground about 60' from pad. Forgot to put memory card back in camera so no photo. - 1/2A3-2T - Out back of house - Laingsberg, MI [More]

Rockets By Style / MicroMaxx Rockets

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MMX Pinwheel

2018-03-17

XF-48 White Knight - Decals & Rail Buttons

Build Entry

Today I managed to get the decals and the rail buttons put on. Not quit warm enough to clear coat so will wait for warmer weather. Decals and rail buttons added Close-up [More]

2018-03-14

XF-48 White Knight - Crash and Burn

Build Entry

Well I knew one day it was going to happen. The hard drive in my Dell laptop finally died. I'll sure miss that Dell along with my current rocket files. Bought a new "hp" laptop with Windows 10 and downloaded Open Rocket but this computer can't read the .jar files. May have to finish this build ... [More]

2018-02-27

XF-48 White Knight - Painting

Build Entry

Here it is end of February in Michigan and it hit 60 degrees out today. Well needless to say I managed to do some painting. Applied 2 coats of Rust-Oleum 2X Gloss White to body and NC. Left outside to air dry. Weather man says more snow for Thursday (3"-5") so won't get any more work done till ... [More]

2017-10-30

XF-48 White Knight - Decal layout for tails

Build Entry

The 5 designates this as my fifth scratch build design. [More]

2017-10-03

XF-48 White Knight - Paint

Build Entry

Finally got her into the paint shop. First coat of primer applied. Time now to sand and go over everything before main coat. Primed [More]

2017-09-25

Tinkerbell - Final Flight

Build Entry

Well I tempted fate on Saturday Sept. 23, 2017 and flew it on an F20-7W. I added rail buttons to the rocket and it was a beautiful launch. Altitude was around 1100'. Wind was light but enough to blow it across the range and out into a farmer's alfalfa field. Lost sight of it as it came down behind ... [More]

2017-09-20

XF-48 White Knight - Air scoops, Tails, & Canopy

Build Entry

Next day I added the air scoops, tails and canopy. First of two scoops glued on Both scoops glued on After scoops were glued on the tails were next. Trimmed canopy added [More]

XF-48 White Knight - Wings attached

Build Entry

I decided not to try and add fin tabs and just go ahead and glue them on. Glad I double lined the wing mount lines on the BT as the plywood had a slight warp that needed attention. After giving glue time to dry I went back over all fillets with another layer of glue. I then set the rocket up ... [More]

XF-48 White Knight - Tails

Build Entry

So I couldn't find the missing tails so grabbed some leftover balsa and cut new ones. I then laid out some wax paper and filled the slots with Elmer's WoodFiller. After allowing some drying time I then sanded and paper coated them. [More]

2017-09-10

XF-48 White Knight - Parts

Build Entry

Here is what I have so far. XF-48 parts XF-48 bottom view (air intakes are 1" dia.) XF-48 top view (I don't like the canopy so will redo it) The tails will be two modified Big Daddy fins that I have left over from when I built the 3D MD (3D Mega Daddy) as I used plywood for ... [More]

2017-09-09

XF-48 White Knight

Build

The XF-48 White Knight is my latest concept fighter for the U.S. Air Force. The finished build will be 36.5" long with a 2" diameter. It will have twin tails and twin air intakes. I'm going to build it with a 29mm MM (mostly for flying on Estes Pro Series E and F motors). Wings will be 1/8" ... [More]

2017-05-13

Rockets by Manufacturer / Custom Rockets

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Custom Rockets - The Flash

2016-11-22

Rockets By Style / Scratch-Built

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Steve Lindeman's - Spartacus

2016-07-24

Rockets By Style / Kit-Bash/Modified

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3D MD (Mega Daddy)

2016-06-20

Rockets by Manufacturer / Estes

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Estes - Mega Der Red Max (9705) [2013-]

2016-05-11

Estes Cosmic Interceptor - Decals and Clear coating

Build Entry

The final step was to add the decals. All decals were trimmed as close as possible and as such were a bit difficult to apply but with the aid of some Windex all were applied to my satisfaction. After giving rocket one more afternoon to dry I clear coated it with two coats to seal everything up. ... [More]

Estes Cosmic Interceptor - NC Detailing

Build Entry

I'm sorry I neglected to take any photos of the next set of steps but I'll tell you what I did. The NC has 5 black panels and 2 black vents shown in the cover photo to which there are no decals provided on the decal sheet. So taking my frog tape, I masked off all of these. I then took an exacto ... [More]

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