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The greatest newspaper cartoon of all time, Calvin & Hobbes, was the inspiration for Space Man Spiff's "Rocket of Death." The RoD is a kit bash of 3 Estes Bull Pup D's with a clear payload bay for Spiff. It is a 3 engine cluster that can fly on a core B6-4 and 2 B6-0 or a core C6-5 and 2 C6-0 engines.

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Above: Spiff is in the payload section
 
Below: A / J Jolly Rogers from the U.S.S. Nimitz VF 84 F14 Tom Cats circa 1979.

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Spiff rips off the pad on a full C6 - 3 engine cluster at the 2nd Annual Birmingham Blast April 22, 2006 as BRB sponsor and Alacom Finance president Diane Roehrig watches along with Louis DeArman, Reagan and Yance Hall.

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BRB Night Launch, flight 29 August 16, 2008.
 
Spiff has flown 30 times to date.

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F-14 Tom Cats VF-84 U.S.S. Nimitz CVN 68
Hunting rats circa 1979

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Ready to go on a C6 cluster

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Randy & his alter ego.

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X-71 ARMAGEDDON SHUTTLE

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Verna holds the ARMAGEDDON X-71 Shuttle before the strap ons are installed.

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2 Engine combos: 1 B6-4 & 2 B6-0
or 1 C6-5 & 2 C6-0

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X-71 Static test fire. 3 B6-0's.    5 flights.

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Ready to fly over the rainbow?
 
Dorothy    
 
Triple Payload 3 to 3, 6 engine cluster built from 4 Estes Load Stars. 5 flights

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Above: As a single stage 3 engine cluster
with payload: Lion, Tin Man & Scare Crow
 

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Above: Dorothy lifting off as 2 stage, 6 engine cluster. 3 C6-0 to 3 B6-4
 
Below: Just before 2nd stage ignition

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Dorothy & her ruby slippers

EMRR - Arguably one of the top 5 websites on the internet for anything related to rocketry! Brains, Heart and Courage - Modification article on Verna's build of her 2 stage, 6 engine triple payloader, Dorothy - now available on EMRR !  You can find it here: http://www.rocketreviews.com/reviews/all/mod_est_loadstar_kitbash.shtml

 
 
Verna's alter ego, Dorothy

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The X-71 is a combination of an Estes Columbia Shuttle and 2 Estes Yankee rockets

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At left as a single stage.
Below as 2 stage.
 

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Dorothy static test fire 3 B6-0's. I was a little late to catch all 3 engines igniting but I did get a great photo of the core engine burn through.

 
 
 
 
Below: 2nd stage full burn

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Time to fly!

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