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Old 01-25-2011, 07:58 PM
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Wow--I feel like a shaggy-hoofed unicorn...I just expressed a thought, and now it's manifest!

Thank you all VERY much for creating the detailed design, the fin pattern, and the decal sheet design, and for calculating the performance specifications & recommended motors list for the "Death Ray!" Besides being sharp-looking, this rocket would also be a good kit for schools, Scout troops, 4-H Clubs, and Camp Fire USA groups. It is amply over-stable, it can fly either high or low, as needed (depending on the flying field size) *and* cheaply on 13 mm mini motors, and it is large enough to be visible throughout its flight profile.

Semroc's "winged spaceship logo" (see Carl's avatar in Replies #2 and #7) could also yield an interesting kit (and a boost-glider, no less!). I had always thought that it was a recent design akin to the horizontal takeoff & landing, jet/rocket powered Pioneer Rocketplane suborbital spacecraft/reusable satellite launch vehicle first stage, but with outward-angled vertical stabilizers on its wing tips instead of the single fuselage-mounted vertical stabilizer in the Pioneer Rocketplane design. Looking through Danny Sagstetter's "Rocketeer Collector's Journal" (RCJ) issues, I found this "winged spaceship logo" on the cover of Semroc Astronautics' "1969 Model Astronautics Catalog," which was reproduced on the cover of the January 1997 issue of RCJ, so Carl was ahead of his time!

I'm not requesting another kit design "instant manifestation"--iridescent gold cloven hooves and a spiral-wound allicorn look great, but they would look out of place on me. :-)
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Last edited by blackshire : 01-25-2011 at 08:02 PM. Reason: This ol' hoss done had to correct a typo.
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