Building the Estes Mini Max

Hm, have I not documented any of this build? I don’t see it. Odd.

A long time ago, more or less by accident, I ended up with a set of Der Pink Mini Max decals from Excelsior Rocketry (a.k.a. Sandman Decals, now defunct). Last year I built a Mini Max kit, and this week I finally finished with paint, decals, and clear coat.

I dithered a little, okay, a lot, over what to do with this rocket. The decals are clever but not really my thing. I considered adding another decal reading — presumably in tiny tiny lettering — as follows, from Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals:

Ah, I think I have it. The pink proclaims an almost belligerent masculinity, saying as it does: I am so masculine I can afford to tempt you to question it, giving me the opportunity to proclaim it anew by doing violence to you in response. I don’t know if you have ever read Ofleberger’s Die Wesentlichen Ungewissheiten Zugehörig der Offenkundigen Männlichkeit?

But in the end I decided to just donate it to the Syracuse Rocket Club as a giveaway rocket.

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