Fin Span: 6.7"
Weight: 3.8 oz.
"It has often proved true that the dream of yesterday is the hope
of today, and the reality of tomorrow" From Robert Goddard's
valedictorian speech in 1904
This scale model of the worlds first successful liquid fueled rocket was
designed, built and flown by Robert H. Goddard on March 16th, 1926 in
Auburn, MA. You are looking at a model of the most historically significant
rocket ever flown!
From Goddard's diary the next day: “The first flight with a rocket using
liquid propellants was made yesterday at Aunt Effie’s farm in Auburn. It
looked almost magical as it rose... Some of the surprising things were the
absence of smoke, the lack of a very loud roar, and smallness of the flame.”
We have seen rockets bring the communications revolution to the world.
We now forecast weather with greater accuracy than ever before. We've
seen the surface of Mars, the clouds of Jupiter and the moons of Neptune.
We've landed man on the moon have have lived in space for months at a
All thanks to the vision of a man thought by many to be foolish if not
From Goddard’s diary from his teen years:
"On the afternoon of October 19, 1899, I climbed a tall cherry
tree and, armed with a saw which I still have, and a hatchet,
started to trim the dead limbs from the cherry tree. It was one of
the quiet, colorful afternoons of sheer beauty which we have in
October in New England, and as I looked towards the fields at
the east, I imagined how wonderful it would be to make some
device which had even the possibility of ascending to Mars. I was
a different boy when I descended the tree from when I ascended
for existence at last seemed very purposive."
THAT was the spark. Read that entry again. You can almost hear the
spark going off as he recounts that afternoon sitting in a cherry tree. It is
the rare person who can recall the moment that spark strikes.
A moderately complex build, mainly because many of the steps are not
common model rocket assembly steps, the Nell is not all that hard to
assemble if you carefully read and follow the instructions.
First of 2 proto types built to work
out assembly and material issues to
help make this a successful kit that
others could build
And we have LIFTOFF! A C6-3 motor
produces a great flight as well as an
impressive appearance in the air. Most
remarkable were the number of comments I
got back long after the launch day was done,
commenting about the number of
conversations folks had with their children on
the history of rocketry and a man named
Robert Goddard. Making history and science
fun. What a concept!
The second proto type looks much
like the first but it actually reflects
several major changes to the design
that improved its strength and ease
of assembly. This model reflects
what the kit version looks like. Both
proto types have flown 6-7 times
each over the past several months.
You can see the rocket sitting in the scale
launch rig. As with the original, it is often hard
to determine what part of this combination is
rocket and what part is launch rig!
|Click on photos below to see larger image.
A close up of Nell under full power. She
actually flies better than the original!