Version 2 Blue Skill Level Hang Tag with Pricing Oval
Version 1 Blue Skill Level Facecard
Images by Gerry Fortin
Designer: Bill Simon
Production Years: 1975-1981
Retail Pricing Range: $1.75-$2.75
Rarity: Moderately Scarce
Description: Estes Apogee II model rocket kit #1205 was produced starting 1975 through 1981. Previously, the Apogee II was labeled as K-5. The 1975 kit transitioned to the Estes skill level packaging with blue skill level facecard and hang tag. The facecard is blue and white color with overlaid grey static Apogee II rocket model. Rocket specifications and engine recommendations are found on the lower portion of the facecard.
Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide
Skill Level Facecard Guide
The Apogee II is a two stage high performance sport rocket with payload section powered by 18mm engines. Estes assigned a skill level 3 rating. Recovery of payload sustainer is with a 12" parachute.
Kit Contents: The kit contains two body tubes, balsa nose cone, clear payload section, one balsa nose block, two balsa sheets of fin stock, dual stage 18mm engine mounts, 12" parachute, decal sheet, launch lug and instruction sheet.
Availability: Since the Apogee II #1205 kit spans seven production years, the kit can be found with different skill level hang tag designs. The above images illustrate an Apogee II kit with Version 2 skill level hang tag and Version 1 skill level facecard. At this time, no estimate or understanding of rarity for the difference hang tag variations or facecard combinations is possible. Overall, it is estimated that the #1205 kit is "moderately scarce" for 1875-1981 production years while certain hang tag designs may be much more difficult to locate and will be eventually rated as "very scare" or "rare".
Additional information can be found at the following links;
JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes 1205
Specifications: Length: 14.7", Diameter: 0.736", Weight: 0.60 oz.
Recommended 18 mm Engines
Booster: 1/2A6-0, A8-0, B6-0, C6-0
Sustainer: 1/4A3-4, 1/2A6-4, A8-5, B4-6, B6-6, B14-7, C6-7
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