When entering a design contest, you've got to ask yourself:
What is it about my design that is going to catch the attention of the judges?
A 3FNC (3 fin, 1 nose cone) rocket probably won't win a design contest. You have to give the judges something different.
There was an important line from the old Estes Design of the Month contest:
"Designs should be new, original and different - but they also need to be workable!"
After you've drawn up your design, what are you going to do to bring it to the next level? And maybe, one more level after that!
Recently, Semroc announced they had one NARAM Sky Hook kit left. These were giveaways for the NARAM participantsand were signed by the designer, Bill Simon. Carl asked for Sky Hook stories, the best story would win this remaining, limited edition kit.
Instead of a story, a poem was written about my Sky Hook entry in the 1972 Estes Craftsmanship Contest. Granted, the poetry was badly written, but it was a different presentation. A follow up build thread on this blog recreated the model as it was built back in 1972.
Elevate 11 Entry
This was my entry for the 2009 Elevate 11 contest sponsored by EMRR. The contest was for the eleventh anniversary of EMRR and a tribute to the Apollo 11 flight. I had to come up with some way to elaborate on the number 11.
I figured some entrants would fly 11 rockets, another might fly 11 payloads. This contest called for the extreme.