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Last updated: June 12, 2007
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June Meeting Minutes (6/12/2007)

The June 2007 MASA meeting was held on the 7th at the Science Museum.

9 people attended the meeting.

  • The June 23rd launch will be at the sod farm near Nowthen.  Contests are planned - see the Events page for details.
  • An evening launch is planned for the summer solstice - June 21 - at the Elk River VFW.
  • The annual MASA picnic and launch will be held on July 21 at the Elk River VFW.
  • MASA has been invited to setup a display table in the science room at Convergence - a local science fiction convention held on July 6-7-8.  The hours are 4-7 on Friday, 10-6 on Saturday, and noon-4 on Sunday.  If you would be interested, please speak up!  It's being held at the Sheraton South in Bloomington.  http://www.convergence-con.org/
  • Meeting topics are needed for the August through November MASA meetings.  Some ideas were:  L1 cert how-to, RockSim, Electronics (altimeters, etc), video rockets, and V2's.  If you have ideas, or would like to volunteer to lead a topic, please let us know!

Show -n- Tell

  • Ken J. brought along three rockets built from the Excelsior Goony retro-bash plan sets - Goony Ghost, Goony Bird Zero, and Goony Max.
  • Alan E. brought along a tilt/swivel launch rod mount that was made from a speaker mount.  He also brought along his new 6-pad launch controller.
  • Robert brought along some Russian model rocket books that he acquired on Ebay.

Baby Bertha Kitbash Kickoff!  Challenge - build something "Goony" starting from the parts in the Estes Baby Bertha kit! Then, we'll launch these Goony creations at the summer picnic in July.
For inspiration, here are the original Estes Goonybirds:
Star Snoop
http://www.dars.org/jimz/est0850.htm
Cloud Hopper
http://www.oldrocketplans.com/estes/est0851/est0851.htm
http://www.dars.org/jimz/est0851.htm
Galaxy Guppy
http://www.oldrocketplans.com/estes/est0852/est0852.htm
http://www.dars.org/jimz/est0852.htm
Zoom Broom
http://www.oldrocketplans.com/estes/est0853/est0853.htm
http://www.dars.org/jimz/est0853.htm
Missile Toe
http://www.oldrocketplans.com/estes/est0854/est0854.htm
http://www.dars.org/jimz/est0854.htm
Sky Shriek
http://www.oldrocketplans.com/estes/est0855/est0855.htm
http://www.dars.org/jimz/est0855.htm

If you decide to recreate one of the original Goonybirds, Excelsior Rocketry sells reproduction decals for them.
http://towrowrow.tripod.com/excelsiorrocketry/id38.html

Excelsior also has a bunch of Goony Retro-Bash decal/plansets.
http://towrowrow.tripod.com/excelsiorrocketry/id6.html
(Most, but not all of them, are based on the Baby Bertha.)

This kitbash has pretty relaxed rules.  You can add/change any parts necessary to recreate any of the original Goonybirds or any of the Goony Retro-Bash designs.  You can also come up with your own design in the Goony spirit.
 

(Alan Estenson)

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