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 Hi! My name is Brent Bierstedt. I have been flying rockets since I was a kid. Currently I am certified TRA and NAR Level 3. I am a member of ICBM and ROSCO in South Carolina . I fly mostly in Orangeburg SC. My main rocketry interests are  multi-staging high-power and scale rockets.

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Estes Saturn V

I grew up during the space race. The Estes Saturn V has always been a favorite of mine. I also have the Apogee Saturn V.

Me right before the flight.
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As you can see I was a little nervous.

After seeing the Atomic City Project Mercury 1/12 scale plastic model kit in my local Hobby Lobby, I decided it begged to have a Redstone booster and fly. The booster is made with 6’ PML tubing. It has a 54mm motor mount along with Aero Pack motor retention. The capsule has a Loc 54mm tube and centering rings ran through the middle of it. I had a local sign shop make the lettering. The roll pattern is made from the same type of vinyl the letters are made from. I cut it into strips and applied them one at a time. The Redstones first flight was on a Pro-38 J330.

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The capsule is very detailed.

My level 2 flight was done in Orangeburg, SC on 10/10/2004. For this project I built a 7.5” V-2 kit made by Polecat Aerospace with a 54mm motor mount and Aero Pack motor retention. I used a Pro 38 J330 with an Aero Pack motor adapter. For deployment and recovery I chose a PML altimeter set for apogee deployment and a Sky Angle 60” parachute. I was extremely nervous and double checked everything.  The flight went perfect with altitude of 1350’ and deployment right at apogee.

My scratch built Mercury Redstone
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It is made from 6" PML tubing and an Atomic City Project Mercury capsule

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