January 1999 Meeting Minutes (1/9/1999)
The first MASA meeting of 1999 was held on Monday, January 4th at
the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. The meeting began
at 7 pm as Russ Durkee discussed a few items of club business.
In particular, all continuing MASA members are reminded that they
should pay their dues for 1999. (Link
to Membership Application) MASA members who have paid for
NAR individual insurance for 1999 should contact Russ Durkee.
He needs to list at least 5 NAR members with insurance in order to
apply for NAR section insurance for the year. Remember, the
NAR insurance runs by calendar year (January to December) and not by
the expiration date on your NAR membership card. See the last
issue of the Model Rocketeer for more information about NAR
Thanks to generous donations by MASA members, we were able to
give a holiday card and gift to the sod farm owners expressing our
gratitude for allowing us to use their fields.
MASA member (and camcorder nut extraordinaire) Carl Persson has
compiled two video tapes of local rocket activities in 1998.
The first tape contains footage from a number of MASA launches this
summer and fall. The second tape contains footage from
Minnesota Tripoli launches in June, July, September, and
October. Carl has done a great job on these tapes, and he is
offering copies for sale at $10. per tape plus S&H. If
you're interested in a great video record of Minnesota rocketry in
action, Carl can be contacted at (612) 519-1206.
Alan Estenson is looking for a volunteer or two to assist him
with a presentation about model rockets for the Anoka County 4-H
project workshop on February 6. This is a one hour
presentation with questions and answers about model
rockets. The workshop will be held at the Bunker Hills
Activity Center which is just a few miles from the Blaine launch
site. If you have a few hours that morning and are willing to
help, please contact Alan.
The evening's highlight was a presentation (multimedia
extravaganza!) by Ted Cochran about the Saturn V. Ted showed
us various resources available on the Web that contain detailed
information about the components and versions of the Saturn V
rocket. These could be great sources for those of us who
have a new Estes Saturn V kit to build; you could create a
competition-level masterpiece by using the available info on the
Internet. Ted also discussed the good-and-bad about the new
Estes kit and compared it to the previously available Estes and
Centuri kits. It's time to tear the shrinkwrap off the box and
start building; the MASA Apollo 11 Commemorative Launch is scheduled
for July 17!
Useful sites for those interested in modeling or just learning
more about the Saturn V.
John Duncan's The
Apollo Saturn Reference Page
Apollo Site (down?)
FAQ, modeling details, and photos
Stuckman's Review of the Estes 30th Anniversary Apollo 11 Saturn V
Plans for Estes #K-36
Saturn V (jimz)
Plans for Estes
#2001 Saturn V (jimz)