May "Family Fun Night" Ė Maple Grove, May 12, 2012
For the several-th year in a row, Alan Estenson
hosted the May club meeting at his home in Maple Grove. This
meeting, build session, and Fun Night kicked off about 5pm.
More than 20 people attended.
There were free rocket kits (provided courtesy of
Alan and Hub Hobby Center) for all the kids to build. There
were cookies, lemonade, sloppy joes, macaroni casserole, and all
sorts of treats to enjoy. Thanks to all who brought some
There were also MASA-themed Qubits for people to
build, or take home and build later.
This event also kicked off the 2012 MASA kitbash
kontest. Quest "Force 5" rocket kits were available for
participants to purchase for $10. See below for the Kontest
There was a high score contest held throughout the
evening on an original Atari Asteroids arcade game. At 9pm,
the high score table was:
1 18790 KMK
2 15460 IAN
3 15410 NTH
4 15220 STL
5 15160 KMK
6 13570 DAV
7 11960 DAV
8 11460 NTH
9 10560 IAO
10 9640 DAV
First prize went to Kurt Knox, and second prize went
to Ian Ross. Congrats!
After 7:30pm, everyone stopped to try out Alan's
collection of restored vintage video arcade games and pinball games.
Retro fun was had by all!
Follow this link for photos from this event.
2012 MASA Kitbash Kontest
The goal of kitbashing is to build a flyable
rocket from the parts contained in a particular rocket kit.
However, you donít build the rocket intended to be built from that
kit! Instead, you use your imagination to create a different rocket
from those parts.
The donor kit chosen
for this year's kitbash is the Quest "Force 5".
This kit will be available at the May meeting for a purchase price
of $10 each. I have about a dozen kits available. They'll be sold
first-come, first-served, limit one per person. You can also
acquire one of these kits from other sources. If I have any left
after the meeting, I will bring them to the May 19 launch.
Your mission is to
seek inspiration for your kitbash kreation from the 1972 Centuri
Exactly what you do is up to you! You just need to draw inspiration
for your kitbash design from something in the 1972 Centuri catalog.
Links to plans and such can be found at
- You may use or not use any and all
contents of the kit in your rocket, including the packaging and
instructions, at your discretion.
- You may NOT substitute or add any balsa
- You may swap out the motor mount tube for
one of equal length if you'd prefer to build for a 24mm motor
instead of 18mm. [If you do this, I encourage you to swap
out the stock 1/8" launch lug for a 3/16" lug of equal length.]
- You may add internal material to the nose
cone if necessary to ensure stability of your design.
- You may use any paint and decals that you
desire to finish your rocket.
- You may use a different shock cord than
what is included in the kit.
- You may add a snap swivel to your
- You may not add or substitute any other
If you have your
Kitbash creation complete and bring it to the club picnic in July,
you'll be eligible for a special prize drawing. Extra bonus points
if you fly it at the picnic!