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February 2004 Meeting Minutes (2/7/2004)

The February 2004 MASA meeting was held on the 5th at the Science Museum. 

Upcoming events:

  • The next meeting is scheduled for March 4th.  The topic will be "odd-rocs" led by Stuart Lenz.  This meeting will not be held at the Science Museum due to numerous March events in that area.  Exact location will be announced soon.

  • The next launch is scheduled for February 28th.  The location will be announced soon.


  • New MASA "Open Contest" competition.  Check it out on the website.

  • March launch might be held in Apple Valley.

  • Mike E. discussed getting a waiver this year for the launches in Buffalo.

  • The idea of launching from a frozen lake was discussed.

  • A new issue of the MASA Planet was mailed out to everybody.

  • Ted Cochran discussed this year's Rocket League competition.

  • Ted has also accepted the club V.P. position for this year.  Mike will continue with much of the equipment-hauling, though.

  • The MASA 2004 badge design was discussed.

Show'n Off:

  • Stuart Lenz brought a paper rocket made from free plans on the FlisKits web site.

  • David Whitaker brought his newly constructed Yank Enterprises Black Brant X.

  • Mike Erpelding brought a FlisKits Deuce's Wild.

  • Alan Estenson brought a Big Bertha and two rockets that had been kitbashed from Big Bertha kits.

Kit Bash'n

Alan Estenson talked about the idea of kit bashing and showed a couple examples.

Those present at the meeting were able to purchase an Estes Renegade rocket kit at a reduced price. Their goal now is to build a rocket from parts in the kit, but NOT the rocket that is supposed to be built from the kit! (creativity required!)  Some participants started building at the meeting.
They have one month to complete their rocket. Everyone is then encouraged to bring their finished rocket to the March meeting and show it off. We'll have a judging session at that meeting to select a "best of show - kitbash" with a prize for the winner.
All of the competitors will be encouraged to fly their creations at the March launch.
Anyone who bought a kit but doesn't produce a kitbash creation from it will be heckled mercilessly.

The Kit
The new Estes Renegade (2109) has been selected as the kitbash donor kit. This is a 2-stage kit, but participants may create whatever they like out of it. (subject to the Safety Code and common sense) 

Additions (not provided)
In addition to what is in the kit, you may add the following at your discretion
-balsa sheet stock, total amount no more than 4" x 12", thickness no greater than 1/8"
-bt5 body tube, total length less than 9"
-motor retention hooks (max two)
-internal clay or other weight as necessary to ensure stability in flight
-glue & wood filler as needed, paint as desired, homemade decals
(no premade or commercial decals other than what comes with the kit)

Allowable substitutions
The kit comes with a 1/8" launch lug. You may substitute a larger diameter.
You may substitute a different shock cord for the stock kit cord.
You may substitute a different parachute for the stock kit parachute.

Twelve people began their participation at the meeting by purchasing a Renegade kit.  Mark Thell, Ellison Lenz, Stuart Lenz, Seth Cochran, Ted Cochran, David Whitaker, Ed Eastman, Mike Erpelding, Brett McDowell, Tom Lawell, Travis Lawell, and Andy Heren.

Looking forward to seeing some unique creations!

(Alan Estenson)

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