Each Fall - coincidence? I think not - the Dallas Area Rocketry Society holds it's Fall Classic.
Here's the link to last year's event:
One of the categories is:
Starships is defined by any design that is intended to go into space with people on board, whether it is real or fantasy/sci-fi. The hope here is to see things like an Estes or Apogee Saturn V competing against a Klingon Battle Cruiser and an Estes Interceptor. The possibilities are endless here. The models must have been designed as a model rocket. No specific year of introduction is required. No plastic conversions or static art. Year of introduction bonus points do not apply. Flight points do apply.
Last year I entered my NRF Orianthi and scored 3rd place.
This year I'm setting my sights on 2nd place.
The winning rockets are determined by votes cast by all present.
I did note that the voting population was skewed towards preadolescence boys.
So my game plan is to appeal to this segment of the voting population, which shouldn't
be too tough since I pretty much think like a preadolescence boy.
With this in mind, the design goal can be distilled into two objectives:
1. build it bigger
2. bristling with weapons
Since this will not be a 3fnc, I'll be starting small with a proof of concept before scaling up to