April MASA meeting – Buzz
McDermott's house, April 7, 2011
Two students from the U of M, who are leading a First Nation Launch
rocket team, attended the meeting to discuss their rocketry project
and meet club members.
The next regular club launch will be on Saturday, April 23, at the
Nowthen sod farm (weather permitting).
The next meeting date is Friday, May 13th, at Alan’s house (“Alan’s
Arcade”). There will be a few fun rocketry projects to work on,
treats to share, and lots of rocket conversation. After a few hours
of rocket fun, Alan will open up Alan’s Arcade for a few hours of
pinball and video game fun.
- The 2011 MASA membership drive is closed. We had
approximately 80 people either renew their membership or sign up
as a new member. The drawing for two $10 Hub gift cards was
held at the meeting; the winners were Stuart Lenz and Espen
Federick. Thank you to everyone who participated!
National Model Rocket Day -
Starlight Model Rockets has declared May 14, 2011 to be National
Day. This is the second year for this event.
Tuesday, May 3 – build
session for home school group, in New Brighton area
Tuesday, May 10 – launch for
home school group, at Long Lake Regional Park
Saturday, May 14 – Space Day
with Girl Scout group, in Willmar
Sunday, May 15 – launch with
Boy Scout group, at Long Lake Regional Park (returning
National Event Reminder - NARCON
is March 12-13 in Seattle, NSL is June 10-12 in Lucerne Valley,
CA, and NARAM is July 23-29 in Lebanon, OH (near Cincinnati).
NARAM hotel info is on-line at
- Reminder that we are starting a club FiTi, beginning this
month. Please contact me if you’re willing to donate a rocket
and/or motor for this program. Prefer new/never flown rockets,
and A/B/C only motors. We have some Estes Alpha III and Quest
Astra III kits available to build for the club FiTi. The only
request is that the paint color be changed so we don’t have a
large selection of rockets that look exactly the same. (note:
we’ve received a nice selection of rockets for the FiTi program,
but we are still in need of a few motor donations.) Thanks to
everyone who has built and donated rockets so far!
- Reminder that Jeff needs articles for the MASA Planet! We
really need contributions from across the club, and no
contribution is too small! Ideas include kit reviews, build
articles, techniques and tips, new products, old products with a
new use, etc.
- Treasury – club funds and membership levels are in good
Show ‘n tell:
Gerald Meux, Jr., brought along
his SPAM rocket to share with the attendees. No, it’s not based
on computer spam… it’s decorated in SPAM colors (complete with
SPAM decals) in honor of Gerald’s employer, Hormel.
Airbrushing – Jeff Taylor and Buzz McDermott
After the business portion of the
meeting, MASA members Jeff Taylor and Buzz McDermott led a
discussion and demo on airbrushing. Jeff and Buzz explained the
various compressors, airbrush accessories, and paints that are
available. Jeff also painted (airbrushed) rockets for anyone who
had brought along a completed model. Many members brought along
their own air compressors and airbrush accessories.