Astron X-Ray

Kit# 1218

Rainbow Hang Tag - Large Letters

Purple Background Facecard


Images by Gerry Fortin

Designer: Unknown

Production Years: 1979-1980

Retail Pricing Range: $4.50-$4.75

Rarity: Scarce

Description: During the 1979-1980 time frame, the X-RAY kit continued to be available in Estes catalogs as a skill level 1 kit. However there was a significant kit packaging upgrade. The kit packaging was updated with a Version 2 rainbow hang tag paired with a new multi color purple and pink background facecard. The facecard continues to show the classice Estes rocket launch diagram as seen on all Version 2 skill level facecards. The kit number is updated to #1218. Estes marketed the Astron X-RAY as a single stage payload rocket with visible payload bay.

Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide

Skill Level Facecard Guide

Kit Contents: The kit contains a main body tube, balsa nose cone, clear payload section, a balsa adapter, one sheet of balsa fin stock, 12" parachute, engine mount, launch lug, and instructions.

Availability: The rainbow hang tag version of the Estes X-RAY kit is scarce on eBay but will turn up if collector has patience and pays attention to weekly listing. The packaging artwork is very colorful and worth including in a serious kit collection. Be ready to pay between $50 to $80 for a nice problem free kit with undamaged rainbow hang tag.

Additional information can be found at the following links;

JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes K18

Essense Model Rocket Reviews: Semroc X-Ray Clone Kit  

Specifications: Length 16.75", Weight 0.7 oz, Body and Payload Diameters 0.736" and 0.950"

Recommended 18 mm Engines: 1/2A6-2, A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, B8-5, B14-5. C6-5


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