Steve Lindeman's Page

AKA: Goonster

Location: Laingsburg, MI

Certification Level: NAR

Club Memberships: JMRC NAR#620,HUVARS NAR#463

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


A native of Iowa, my family moved to Texas in Aug. 62 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 now have a grandson (Mehcod) that I take to launches and that I hope to help build rockets with and t as he gets older and that will someday inherit my collection.

Favorite Quote:

"I'll never grow up" : Peter Pan

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

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Nice straight up flight. Good altitude for this little 13mm motor. Parachute ejection at apogee and then rocket started to drift over trees. Lost to rocket eating trees. - A3-4 - Out back of house - Laingsberg, MI [More]




Rocket took off straight up but at about half way it kicked the motor. Motor continued upward at a 45 degree angle for about another 50 - 100 feet while Pyramid nose over and dropped to the ground landing 3 feet from pad. Some black scorching on bottom of Pyramid on recovery. - B6-4 - Out back of ... [More]



Flew this to celebrate 9/11. Not much altitude. Maybe 80 feet then leveled off and few like an actual jet until about 10 feet from ground when ejection charge fired. Crashed just like 9/11 and broke the right rear tail fin off. Will repair and fly again. - A8-3 - Out back of house - Laingsberg, MI [More]


Estes D-Region Tomahawk - Upper Body Tube, Nose Cone, & Shock Cord Assembly

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At this point in the assembly (step 7. Fin Assembly) I am skipping for now as I plan to paint the fins with flat paint before assembly. So on to step 8. I applied three light bands of carpenter's glue around the stuffer tube and slid it in the upper tube with a twisting motion. I then cleaned up ... [More]

Estes D-Region Tomahawk - Fin Body & Lower Body Tube Assembly

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Fin body was test fitted and then plastic glue applied as per instructions. Tube assembly was laid in place and other half of fin body attached and taped together then set aside to dry. In the mean time I grabbed the lower tube and marked the tube for the launch lugs. Once the fin body was set I ... [More]

Estes D-Region Tomahawk - Engine Mount Tube Assembly & Stuffer Bulkhead Assembly

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As typical with Estes builds the motor mount is the first step. I marked the yellow engine spacer at the 3/4" mark and then grabbed a plastic straw and marked it at 2 3/4". I then used the plastic straw to apply a bead of white glue inside the motor tube. I then slide the green engine stop block ... [More]


Estes D-Region Tomahawk


This is a replacement for one that I lost last year at a club launch in Brooklyn, MI. At ejection shock cord snapped and body tube came in ballistic way down range. NC drifted back in opposite direction for a very, very long walk. On recovery of rocket, top half was crushed down to baffle I ... [More]


Estes Cosmic Interceptor - Flight

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Sorry I took so long in posting the flight of this kit.  Maiden flight was on 05-28-16 on an Estes E9-4. This was a slow lift off the pad and weather cocking badly. End result saw  rocket going horizontal. Way  under powered  as it didn't gain much altitude. Had the new ... [More]


Estes Expedition (7249) - Touch-up and Decals

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Made a trip to Wal-Mart the other day and picked up some detail brushes so I could touch up the paint on this build.  I first touched up all the blue, then the red, followed by the white. Satisfied with touch up work I gave rocket a couple hours out in the sun to dry. After that I cut out all ... [More]


Estes Puma (7256) - Decals and recovery system

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The decals for this build were a pain to cut out and a bit of a fuss to align properly and apply but look good once on. After giving the rocket some time to air dry I then clear coated it with Dupli-Color Clear EFFEX. After giving it yet another day to air dry I then installed the parachute as per ... [More]

Estes Puma (7256) - Painting & masking

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Well it finally warmed up enough to paint and I have five rockets that are primed and ready. I found a can of  Dupli-Color Metalcast Anodized Surface Color System red paint and decided to go with it. I also decided not to go with the recommended chrome base and just sprayed it over the white ... [More]


Estes Expedition (7249) - Painting & Masking

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Well I managed to rummage around out in the garage and found some red paint. A can of Dupli-Color Metalcast Anodized Surface Color System. But instead of applying it over a chrome surface I used it over white primer. In other words, it doesn't quite have the metallic red look. I think it looks ... [More]


Estes Expedition (7249) - Coronavirus time

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Well I need to get to the store and get some red paint for this build but with everything shutting down due to the virus don't know when that will be. Michigan is basically under a lock down now so no travel except for necessities and I don't think I can convince them how necessary paint is. They ... [More]


Estes Puma (7256) - Painting & masking

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Painted the nose cone canopy white yesterday and then put rocket aside for the day to dry completely. Today I masked off the rest of the rocket in prep for main color. May have wasted my time as the weather man is calling for rain for the next four days. Oh well, with this mandatory stay at home ... [More]

Estes Lynx (7233) - Decals

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Well I managed to get the decals on today and I must say they were the most difficult part of the build. They were very thin and hard to see to cut out. I tried staying inside the black lines while cutting them out and still ended up with some white edges along the decals. Oh well, they won't be ... [More]


Estes Lynx (7233) - Main Paint

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Finally able to get some black paint on this bird. Tomorrow I hope to get the decals done but won't be able to clear coat it for a few days as its supposed to rain the next four days. Oh well with this Coronavirus going around I'm in no hurry. Black paint applied Lynx ready for decals [More]


Estes Scorpion (7232) - Scorpion Maiden Flight

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Sorry I'm so late in getting this launch photo posted. On July 9, 2016 I loaded up the Scorpion along with several other rockets and headed south to Brooklyn, MI for a club launch across from Michigan International Speedway at Graves Farm Campgrounds. Scorpion going in 5...4...3... [More]


Estes Puma (7256) - Primmer Time

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Weather got up to 53 degrees today so I decided to take a chance and apply the primmer. Turned out OK. I tried a test piece with some black paint but it started to fog up as its not warm enough so will have to wait for warmer weather to do the color painting. I also noted that the black marker ... [More]

Estes Puma (7256) - Install Engine Mount & Prepare Recovery System

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The final two steps were to glue the engine mount in and attach the nose cone and recovery system. All that is left now is to prime and paint when the weather warms up this spring. Engine Mount & NC installed Ready for primmer   [More]

Estes Puma (7256) - Attaching Wing, Canards, & Launch Lugs

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Next I glued the wing on. After allowing some drying time I attached the front strip "W" to the tail and body tube. Once it was dried I attached the canards and set the rocket aside to allow everything to dry. After that I glued on the launch lugs. Wing & Tail glued on Canards, ... [More]

Estes Puma (7256) - Wing & Tail Assembly

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I first glued the tail onto the back wing and allowed it to dry. Next I glued the wing pods on. After they were dry I cut and glued the three pieces of wood dowel "O" in place. While they were drying I took the body tube and marked it as instructed as this was the next step in the instructions. ... [More]

Estes Puma (7256) - Wing & Tail Prep

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OMG. I can't believe I'm so far behind.  Ok so I glued together the three wing pieces and the two tail pieces and set them aside to dry. After allowing ample time for them to dry I then paper coated them. I also applied paper to part "J" of the wing pod. Wing, Conards & Tail prep [More]

Estes Lynx (7233) - Primmer time

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Well weather finally got up to 53 degrees today so I decided to try and do some primer painting. I have four other rockets beside the Lynx that need primmer so will see how they turn out. Lynx primed   [More]

Estes Expedition (7249) - Primmer time

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Well weather finally got up to 53 degrees today so I decided to try and do some primer painting. I have four other rockets beside the Expedition that need primmer so will see how they turn out.  Expedition primed [More]


Estes Puma (7256)



This is my first official build for 2020 and is the third of the Estes 13mm powered rockets in their current catalog that I will build. Unlike the last two builds this one should be a little easier as I don't have to cut side tubes. Production date stamp is 12/03/15. Estes Puma (7256) [More]

Estes Puma (7256) - Wing Pod Prep

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After cutting out all parts (G-J) I dry fit them all together to see how hard they were going to be to paint and decided to color them first before assembly. Wing pod parts Wing pods glued together [More]

Estes Puma (7256) - Motor Mount

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Once again this kit starts with the motor mount and a gain if you're all thumbs as I tend to be at times, a pair of tweezers will help with this section of the build as there are 8 tiny parts that need to be glued on the end of the motor mount. On a side note here: Check the green centering ring ... [More]


Estes Expedition (7249) - Install Engine Mount, Upper Shroud, & Launch Lugs

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This is where I made the second alteration to this build. Pryor to doing step one of the instructions, I drilled a 1/16" hole in the top "O" ring and attached eight feet of Kevlar cord. I then glued tube "X" to the motor mount. 8' of Kevlar attached MM ready to install Once all that ... [More]

Estes Expedition (7249) - Attaching Farings

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There are only three steps to this part of the build but this is where I encountered my first issue with the build. I tried gluing the first faring on with wood glue. What a mess I made. Will have to do a lot of sanding and priming to get a smooth finish here. Glued the other two farings on with ... [More]

Steve Lindeman


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