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Essence's Model Rocketry Reviews (EMRR) is pleased to announce our second year of this uniquely-EMRR contest. Yes, here we are with the 2007 version of:

DESIGN THIS SPACESHIP CONTEST

This year, we are especially pleased to have a partner in the contest: CoolRockets. Their designs* became the inspiration for this RETRO Spaceship design contest.

This contest also serves as a bonus item for the 2007 EMRR Challenge, but it is not necessary to participate in the Challenge to participate in this contest... but, why wouldn't you?

That's right, below you will find six (6) Spaceship pictures that we found at CoolRockets. Each of these pictures induced that "I'd love to build that" feeling in me, so I figured we would see what you could do.

The contest is very straight-forward:

1) Design a flyable rocket that is as closely as possible replicates one of these six pictures

2) Write up a how-to article, with pics and templates, to allow others to be able to build one

3) Submit pictures

4) Name the Spaceship

NOTE: Entries will not be posted until the 12/15/07 deadline to ensure that an entrant's hard work is not taken by a copy-cat. Fear not! Submit early! Submit more than one design!

* All CoolRocket designs are copyrighted and can only be used for this contest and not for packaging or sale.

Picture Difficulty
Bonus
Minimum
Requirements
Space Patrol
Click to Enlarge
R = 1.0
F = 1.0
W = 1.0
18mm Motor (minimum)
streamliner
Click to Enlarge
R = 1.0
F = 1.1
W = 1.0
18mm Motor (minimum)
Big Boy
Click to Enlarge
R = 1.3
F = 1.3
W = 1.1
24mm Motor (minimum)
Spacetub
Click to Enlarge
R = 1.3
F = 1.4
W = 1.2
13mm Motor (minimum)
Racer
Click to Enlarge
R = 1.5
F = 1.3
W = 1.2
18mm Motor (minimum) and Man in Cockpit
Replication Weight goes to 1.1 without man in Cockpit.
Space Bucket
Click to Enlarge
R = 1.4
F = 1.5
W = 1.2
Rear Motor
Flight Weight reverts to 1.2 if built UFO-sytle.

Scoring will be determined using the following:

  • 50% = (R)eplication Score * Weight
    • Online Voting will determine total points by normalizing the maximum point earner to a score of 100
    • For Example:
      • 100 Voters selecting top 3 equals 600 total points (300 for 1st, 200 for 2nds, and 100 for 3rd)
      • The highest score will be normalized to 100 and a multiplier will be determined.
      • So if the highest score is 90, then 100/90 = 1.11 which will then be the multiplier. If you gained 76 vote points, then your score will be 76 * 1.11 = 84.36
  • 15% = (F)light Score * Weight
    • 1 Successful Flight =25 points
    • 2 Successful Flights =50 points
    • 3 Successful Flights =75 points
    • 3 Successful Flights with at least 1 different motor/configuration = 100 points
    • A lot of trust here, so please take photos, movies, etc.
  • 25% = (W)rite Up Score * Weight
    • Online Voting will determine total points by normalizing the maximum point earner to a score of 100
    • For Example:
      • 100 Voters selecting top 3 equals 600 total points (300 for 1st, 200 for 2nds, and 100 for 3rd)
      • The highest score will be normalized to 100 and a multiplier will be determined.
      • So if the highest score is 90, then 100/90 = 1.11 which will then be the multiplier. If you gained 76 vote points, then your score will be 76 * 1.11 = 84.36
  • 10% = Best in Group Percentage
    • Online Voting will determine total place
    • The Percentage of total Rockets in Group will equal your score
    • For Example:
      • 100 Voters selecting top 3 equals 600 total points (300 for 1st, 200 for 2nds, and 100 for 3rd)
      • The highest score will be normalized to 100 and a multiplier will be determined.
      • So if the highest score is 90, then 100/90 = 1.11 which will then be the multiplier. If you gained 76 vote points, then your score will be 76 * 1.11 = 84.36

Winners will be judged by EMRR Guests during a voting period after the December 15th deadline.

  • Each entrant may enter (1) entry of each rocket photo (Maximum of 4 entries allowed)
  • Each entry must include at least (1) Static and (1) Flight photo, however, to allow others to be able to build the rocket from your article, more pictures, templates, and drawings are encouraged.
    • Entry photos, templates, or drawings may be GIF, JPEG, of BMP - or - if you don't have an electronic photo, e-mail us for a mailing address and we will scan them in for you.
  • The winner will have first choice from the pool of prizes available for the contest, the runner up getting second pick, etc.
    • Each entrant may only win one prize based on the highest placement of the entrant's one - four entries.
    • If there are more than enough prizes, then prize selection will begin again with the highest placing second entry per entrant
  • Submissions required by 12/15/2007.
  • Online Voting will take place after all submissions are posted.

PRIZE TABLE*:
(Even if you can't play or win, thank these sponsors by supporting them!)

CoolRockets
CoolRockets
TOP (3) Places will WIN the ROCKET from CoolRockets that they replicated!
Link Out
ARA Press
Spaceship Handbook The last copy of the Spaceship Handbook by Jack Hagerty and Jon C. Rogers, published by ARA Press. Over 100 Data Sheets on 75 different spacecraft. (see review)
BRS Hobbies
BRS Hobbies
X-30
X-30 National Aerospace Plane: Now relagated to "retro" this design could have been a contender!
Model Minutes US
Model Minutes US
XFLR
XFLR-7: The classic beauty of this model, loosely inspired by the golden age of science fiction, is sure to be a hit.
Pemberton Technologies
Pemberton Technologies
Bucky Jones
A true Blast From the Past! You asked for Retro Spaceships so we are giving you Retro Spaceships. Bucky Jones is our Super Retro tribute to the roaring days of TV serials.
SpaceCad Logo
SpaceCAD
SpaceCAD
Now you can "really" design your own spaceships with a Registered version of SpaceCAD
Planet Andy
planetandy.com
Firebird
(1) Squirrel Works Firebird Supersonic Transport to fly away to distant star systems!
Guest
Anonymous Guest
Example - not pic of kit (yet)
(1) PD Rocketry Alien Invader

Entries:

Ray King Neutron Pic (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.4=50.0
(F)light= 100*15%*1.5=22.5
(W)rite-up= 100*25%*1.2=25.0
(B)est in Group= 100*10%=10.0
FINAL SCORE= 107.5
Mitch Marchi Baron Von Gofast Pic (R)eplication= 78.8*50%*1.5=39.4
(F)light= 100*15%*1.3=19.5
(W)rite-up= 97*25%*1.2=24.2
(B)est in Group= 84.7*10%=8.5
FINAL SCORE= 91.6
Geof Givens Captain Electric's Saturn Screamer Pic (R)eplication= 78.8*50%*1.5=39.4
(F)light= 100*15%*1.3=19.5
(W)rite-up= 56.6*25%*1.2=14.1
(B)est in Group= 100*10%=10.0
FINAL SCORE= 83.0
Todd Mullin Blast! Pic (R)eplication= 38.8*50%*1.0=19.4
(F)light= 50*15%*1.1=8.3
(W)rite-up= 41.4*25%*1.0=10.4
(B)est in Group= 100*10%=10.0
FINAL SCORE= 48.1
William Beggs Avenger Pic (R)eplication= 20.6*50%*1.0=10.3
(F)light= 100*15%*1.1=16.5
(W)rite-up= 43.4*25%*1.0=10.9
(B)est in Group= 58.4*10%=5.8
FINAL SCORE= 43.5
John Partridge Scratch and Dent Racer Pic (R)eplication= 17.7*50%*1.5=8.8
(F)light= 100*15%*1.3=19.5
(W)rite-up= 24.2*25%*1.2=6.1
(B)est in Group= 65.9*10%=6.6
FINAL SCORE= 41.0
Matt Gillard Blue Baby Five Pic (R)eplication= 14.1*50%*1.0=7.1
(F)light= 100*15%*1.0=15
(W)rite-up= 17.2*25%*1.0=4.3
(B)est in Group= 100*10%=10.0
FINAL SCORE= 36.4
John Thompson Silverbelle Pic (R)eplication= 17.1*50%*1.0=8.5
(F)light= 50*15%*1.1=8.3
(W)rite-up= 40.4*25%*1.0=10.1
(B)est in Group= 68.5*10%=6.9
FINAL SCORE= 33.8
Mark Van Luvender Streamliner Pic (R)eplication= 20.6*50%*1.0=10.3
(F)light= 50*15%*1.1=8.3
(W)rite-up= 25.3*25%*1.0=6.3
(B)est in Group= 45.6*10%=4.6
FINAL SCORE= 29.5
Jonah Robert Dahncke Ol' Dependable Pic (R)eplication= 4.7*50%*1.0=2.4
(F)light= 100*15%*1.1=16.5
(W)rite-up= 6.1*25%*1.0=1.5
(B)est in Group= 15.4*10%=1.5
FINAL SCORE= 21.9
Ian Cinnamon Mini Mars Pic (R)eplication= 5.9*50%*1.0=2.9
(F)light= 100*15%*1.0=0
(W)rite-up= 12.1*25%*1.0=3.0
(B)est in Group= 100*10%=5.0
FINAL SCORE= 10.9

* The actual number of prizes issued will not exceed 3/4ths of the number of contest entries (e.g. if there are 10 prizes and only 10 entries, only 7 prizes will be issued). EMRR assumes no responsibility for the prize once it leaves our or the prize donor's location. EMRR is not liable for any damages or injury caused by the assembly or use of the prize.

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