Presentation on theme: "Goonybird Rockets: “Zaniest Flying Freaks in the Universe”"— Presentation transcript:
1Goonybird Rockets: “Zaniest Flying Freaks in the Universe” Ed Chess & Mark BundickFox Valley RocketeersFeb 7, 2009
2Goonybird BackgroundGOONYBIRDS were first released in 1973 by Estes Industries. They were described as the "Zaniest flying freaks in the universe". The idea was to appeal to kids, and they featured wacky designs.Wayne Kellner and Mike Dorffler have been attributed as the primary creators of the line that was in production only two years.Some love them, others hate them, but the GOONYBIRDS are a true oddity of model rocket history.
3The Original Goonybirds Star SnoopCloud HopperGalaxy GuppyZoom BroomMissile ToeSky ShriekAll six kits were about 8” long and featured a plastic nose cone, die-cut fins, quick-change mini-engine mount, parachute recovery, stick-on decals, and a unique, goofy design.
11Fred Talasco Loves Goonybirds! Fred loved Goonybirds as a kid, but his Dad wouldn’t let him own them. Thus the lifelong fascination started.Had the idea of finishing a Baby Bertha as a Goblin, and the resulting look spawned more ideas for “squat, mutated versions of older kits, dopey looking originals, and even squished 'scaled' models.”Built some prototypes and flew them at NARAM 46, where the phrase “you can build anything from a Baby Bertha” was heard a lot.
12Retro-Bash at Excelsiorrocketry.com Fred (Phred) sells Retro-Bash decal/plansets at his webstore.Retro-Bash decal/plansets are not kits, but decals, instructions, and patterns that allow modelers to kit-bash Baby Bertha kits (and a few extra parts) into models that have the flavor of the original Goonybirds.Some examples from Phred phollow.
13Goony Ghost Designed by Fred Talasco’s Niece, Alexa Now, for some fun and games…Name the inspiration rocket!
38Mosquito Mike’s Upscaled Goonybirds Missile Toe, Cloud Hopper, and Zoom Broom kit-bashed from Estes Fat Boy, which has the right height to width ratio, resulting in ~1.6X scale-up.Use everything except the engine mount, which is replaced with a “D-engine” mount.Galaxy Guppy and Star Snoop are based on 4.5” diameter tubing with 29mm motor mounts and fly on F and G motors.
58Goonyceptor (by Mark Bundick) (underside)Goonyceptor(topside)(Estes Interceptor)
59Semroc “Groonies”Bill Simon, formerly of Estes Industries, recently posted some original sketches of early ideas for the Goonybirds on a rocketry forum: more military, more “Mad magazine,” more “grown-up.”That led to the Semroc Groonies, Goonybirds that “grew up” with grown-up themes.Slightly bigger to fly reliably with available standard size engines (B and C).Have balsa nose cones and waterslide decals, along with laser-cut balsa fins and Kevlar shock cord mounts.
62Semroc Gee’hodThe Gee’hod is the 3rd of the Semroc Groonies, and inspired by the insanity of 9/11 and its aftermath. Note that this is the Command Ship, and has wheels and a parachute so it can land. The rest of the fleet does not have wheels or parachutes, so for safety, this is the only one Semroc will release in the Al Qaeda series.Look for some future “Anti-Geehod” Groonies….Carl McLawhorn
63More Original Goony Concepts (next Semroc offerings?) MatterWerkens(V1 Goony)Sopwitter
64Acknowledgments and References Phred atMosquito Mike atJim Z’s Rocket plans atMark Bundick