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Old 10-01-2022, 12:00 AM
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Hello everyone,
I have a nose cone that I cannot identify the history of: https://www.erockets.biz/semroc-bal...-sem-bnc-60gmr/
It is the Semroc Balsa Nose Cone for a BT-60 with the letters GMR, I was thinking it was a Gemini Cone but with a Mercury Redstone top. Did Estes make a kit with this cone as a pseudo Spacecraft? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-01-2022, 04:40 PM
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Hello everyone,
I have a nose cone that I cannot identify the history of: https://www.erockets.biz/semroc-bal...-sem-bnc-60gmr/
It is the Semroc Balsa Nose Cone for a BT-60 with the letters GMR, I was thinking it was a Gemini Cone but with a Mercury Redstone top. Did Estes make a kit with this cone as a pseudo Spacecraft? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Randy Boadway, eRockets/Semroc


I think Scott meant to post his response here rather than in the Semroc U.S.S. America thread:


Hi Randy,

GMR stands for Goony Mercury Redstone.

http://web.archive.org/web/20190707...?idproduct=2638
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Old 10-02-2022, 10:20 AM
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I think Scott meant to post his response here rather than in the Semroc U.S.S. America thread:

Thanks, Don. Randy wrote this second post after I responded to him in the other thread. Here's a working link:

http://web.archive.org/web/20190707...?idproduct=2638
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Old 10-02-2022, 10:41 AM
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Of course this now begs the question, what the heck was a Goony Mercury Redstone?
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Old 10-02-2022, 12:34 PM
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Was it an Excelsior Rocketry Goonybird plan?
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Old 10-02-2022, 01:04 PM
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Was it an Excelsior Rocketry Goonybird plan?

Gordy was a master wood turner, I don't think he would have asked Carl for help with turning nose cones.
Randy, i later realized my response on the other thread might have come across as curt. I apologize for that. That was not my intention.
Have you checked with Sheryl? If anyone would know about the history of that product she would.
Carl was known for being generously accomodating to individual requests for custom turnings. I'm speculating this might have been a one off, like the Soyuz nose cone.
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Old 10-03-2022, 11:19 AM
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Gordy was a master wood turner, I don't think he would have asked Carl for help with turning nose cones.

Fred Talasco at Excelsior had created a line of kit bashes of goonybird plan packs, I thought it might be one of them. I believe Gord is still a master wood turner
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