Kit# K-57/1257

Version 1 Green Skill Level Hang Tag

Version 1 Green Skill Level Facecard with Black K-57/1257 Numbering


Images by Gerry Fortin

Designer: Larry Renger

Production Years: 1974-1977

Retail Pricing Range: $4.50-$6.00

Rarity: Moderately Rare

Description: Damon era SkyDart rocket kit with Version 1 green skill level hang tag and Version 1 green skill level facecard. This is a skill level 4 kit. The facecard shows both the K-57 and #1257 kit numbering designations. Estes changed the SkyDart kit numbering from K-57 in 1974 to #1257 in the 1975 catalog though the catalog graphics between the 1974 and 1975 catalogs remained similar. I believe that SkyDart kits with the green skill level artwork where released in 1974. If there is additional information to suggest a release in 1973 or later release in 1975, then I would encourage communication of this information on the Ye Olde Rocket Forum, Kit Collecting forum.

Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide

Skill Level Facecard Guide

The Estes Skydart is classic design boost-glider that launches vertically and then ejects a power pod at apogee. The power pod returns via parachute and the glider begins its slow gliding return.

Kit Contents: The kit contains main body tube, a balsa nose cone, internal 12" body tube, nose cone weight, two sheets of balsa fin stock, elevator retainer clip, nylon screw, hinge material, 18mm engine mount, 8" parachute, launch lug, decal and instructions.

Availability: A SkyDart kit with Version 1 green skill level is considered to be moderately rare and always a challenge to locate kit with problem free hang tag and body tubes. The long facecards will have a tedency to curl inside the bag if not properly stored. Expect to pay over $200 for a high quality kit.

Additional information can be found at the following links;

Ye Olde Rocket Plan Link: Estes K57

Essense Model Rocket Reviews: OOP Estes Sky Dart

Specifications: Wingspan 12.6", Length 15.8", Weight 2.5 oz, Diameter 0.976"

Recommended 18 mm Engines: A8-3, B4-2, B6-2, C6-3


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