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


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

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XF-48 Dark Angel or White Knight - Decal layout for tails

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


XF-48 Dark Angel or White Knight - Paint

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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]


Tinkerbell - Final Flight

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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]




Last flight of the day. Took rocket out to HP rails and set her up. Beautiful launch with parachute at apogee. Rocket started drifting across launch field and out into farmers alfalfa field. Lost sight of it as it came down. Spent almost an hour looking for it to no avail. M.I.A. That's two of my ... [More]

Taser Twin


Maiden flight. Nice clean separation of booster. Second stage lit with no problem. Nice high flight. Short walk for recovery. No damage to either stage. - B6-0, A8-3 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground [More]

Solar Surfer


A beautiful flight. Rocket left the pad straight up with great altitude. Parachute at apogee. Gentle drift back down with a moderate walk for recovery. No damage. - C6-5 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground [More]

Sky Spike


Didn't have any C6-3's so loaded it with a C6-5. Good launch with good attitude but delay way to long. Still had some drift for a medium walk for recovery. No damage. - C6-5 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground [More]

Bull Pup 12D


Maiden flight. Used an old (15+) B6-4 that was laying in my range box. Big mistake. Motor almost cooked the rocket. Rocket only made about 30-40 feet which was good as the shock cord was melted in half. Sever scorch mark on nose cone and bad blisters on the body tube. - B6-4 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves ... [More]



Maiden flight. Great launch nice and straight and high. Parachute at apogee with a gentle descent. No damage on recovery. - C6-5 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground [More]



This launch was part of a tribute launch for those lost on 9-11. Was also a maiden flight for this rocket. Rocket left the pad with authority and climbed to expected altitude. Parachute at apogee. Moderate walk for recovery with no damage to rocket. - C6-5 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground [More]



Maiden flight. Nice fast liftoff with rocket going straight up. Good altitude and parachute at apogee. Nice gentle drift back down with a moderate walk for recovery. Fin #3 loose on recovery. - B6-4 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground [More]

The Visitor


Textbook perfect. Straight up. Parachute at apogee. Slight drift for a moderate walk for recovery. No damage. - B6-4 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground [More]

Neon Viper


Great flight for this rocket. A perfect launch with parachute at apogee. Nice decent with slight drift. Landed on gravel service road. No damage. - B6-4 - JMRC-M.I.S./Graves Farm Campground [More]


XF-48 Dark Angel or White Knight - Air scoops, Tails, & Canopy

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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 Dark Angel or White Knight - Wings attached

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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 Dark Angel or White Knight - Tails

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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]


XF-48 Dark Angel or White Knight - Parts

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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]


XF-48 Dark Angel or White Knight


The XF-48 Dark Angel or White Knight (depending on final paint) is my latest concept fighter for the U.S. Air Force. The finished build will be 36.5" long with a 2" diameter. She 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 ... [More]


Rockets by Manufacturer / Custom Rockets


Custom Rockets - The Flash


Rockets By Style / Scratch-Built


Steve Lindeman's - Spartacus


Rockets By Style / Goonybirds


Scratch - Snarky Jr.


Rockets by Manufacturer / Estes


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


Estes Cosmic Interceptor - Decals and Clear coating

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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

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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]

Estes Cosmic Interceptor - Final glueing (MM, Tail ring, Intake vanes, Fin tabs)

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MM was next on the list and was glued in as per instructions. With it glued in the tail ring was set in place and tacked on with super glue. The intake vanes were then put back in place and tacked in with super glue as well. The 2 fin tabs under the wing were also glued on at this time with wood ... [More]


Estes Cosmic Interceptor - Painting

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Well I must admit I almost forgot about this build what with doing 3 projects at the same time. So once the weather broke I started the paint work by priming the entire rocket with Rust-Olium 2X white primer followed by a light sanding. I then removed the two small bottom fin pieces and the wing ... [More]


Mega Der Red Max - Maiden Flight

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Maiden flight took place on Sunday April 24, 2016 near Manchester, MI. with the Jackson Model Rocket Club. This was part of a 2 day 'Spring Fling' launch contest and Sunday's launch was a B.Y.O.E. (bring your own equipment) so I took my Mantis pad with me. After talking with and going through Jay ... [More]

Mega Der Red Max - Recovery Setup

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I'm behind again I know but this will put a wrap on this project. Once I received the Jolly Logic Chute Release I was able to finalise the recovery setup. I started by tying the shock cord to the NC. I then took a 1/2" split ring and attached the parachute to it. I then attached a large silver ... [More]


Mega Der Red Max - Decals

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I started by cutting out all the decals and then trimmed off the excess paper and rounded all corners. I started applying the decals to the fins first leaving the big wrap around for last. I used Windex on each fin to help in sliding the decal around and position it before blotting out all the ... [More]

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