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Thunder Machine
By: S1c. Dennis Bishop
Thunder Machine

Dennis's June entry began life as an Estes X-Ray kit before being redesigned into this creative tube finned rocket inspired by the Infinite Loop kit!

The email from Dennis has this to say:

Here is an entry for JUNE.

This model rocket was first built in 1971, I had just read an article about Inf.Loop rockets and this one was my first one. The photo I am sending is of it after I had just given it a new paint job in 1988. I lost it during a move between houses in Hawaii in 1997. During it's life time with me, it flew no less than 75 flights, using everything from A's to Cox D's. The scanned sheet shows the placement of the loops. The rocket was meant to be an Estes X-Ray before I got my hands on it and turned it into the Thunder Machine!

Slc.Dennis Bishop

A follow up message from Dennis had this to ad:

The main body of the rocket is an Estes X-Ray, only instead of the normal fins, I used 2inch long loops and as my one drawing shows four loops are glued to the body in a + pattern with the odd loops glued between the other loops making the 4 sided sq set of loops. Oh, launch lug is realty 2, one on top of the other to clear the rod because of the X-ray payload section.

Length: 16 3/4inch
Body Dim. .736inch
weight about .8oz

loops made from BT-20

payload section is made of BNC 50k, PST 50S, TA 2050A

And just think, I'm just getting warmed up! Wait until you see what I have IF I can find photos of them!

Can you guess? I'm a Inf.Loop fan? ;}

The links below will lead you to Daren's documentation for this design.  These links will open a new window.

  • Thunder Machine Documents
Drawing showing rear view


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