By: Denis Bishop
October entry #2, the Solar Queen by Denis
Bishop of Pennsylvania.
The email from Denis has this to say:
The Free Trader Solar Queen
In honor of the Sci-Fi writer Andre Norton, I have built my verson of the Free Trader
Starship, the "Solar Queen" which has been in at lest 4 of her books.
The Solar Queen, a Free Trader Starship out from Earth. Not only does it follow the well
known trade routes, but many times it is called to land on worlds that have no space port
and some times they are the ones who make first contact.
This rocket is based on an Estes BT-55, all the rest
of the parts are from Flis Kits. I used a TAB 5560
along with a BT60 nose cone and their 2.75inch BT60
tube as payload section, which is where the launchlug
is also glued on.
I used 1/8th thick balsa sheet 2inch wide to make 3 fins
on the end of these fins I glued 3 2.75inch BT-20 sections
then from just under the inside loop of each fin I ran
a 1/16th thick by 1inch wide balse strip across to the same
place on the other fin. The engine mount is a 18mm engine
Rocket flys best on C6 engines.
BT55 is 18inch long. Only the balsa sheets and the Bt-55 are
The links below will lead you to Denis's
documentation for this design. These links will open a new window.