Kit# 1270

Version 2 Pink Skill Level Hang Tag

Version 1 Pink Skill Level Facecard


   Images by Gerry Fortin

Designers: Wayne Kellner

Production Years: 1975-1980

Retail Pricing Range: $3.95-$5.75

Rarity: Moderately Scarce

Description: The Nike-X facecard and hang tag are typical skill level series design with pink color designating a skill level 2 kit. Version 1 facecard is pink and white color with overlaid static Nike-X rocket in white, gray and black colors. The kit name is shown with black outlined letters. The lower section of facecard provides kit number, skill level designation as intermediate, kit specifications and engine recommendations.

Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide

Skill Level Facecard Guide

The Nike-X is a nice single stage scale like surface to air missile model for the intermediate builder. Estes indicates the model is designed after the US Army 4th generation two stage surface to air intercept missile. Some internet research revealed that #1270 Estes kit most resembles the Nike Zeus B LIM-49A as picture below. From the Director of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles we find,

The Nike Zeus B was a completely new missile, which shared only the guidance method and first stage booster with the Nike Zeus A. Because it was designed to intercept its targets in space, it did not need large manoeuvering fins. Instead the missile featured a special third stage with small control jets to manoeuver in space. The first three-stage flight of a Nike Zeus B occurred in September 1961. In July 1962, a Nike Zeus B succeeded in intercepting an Atlas ICBM nose cone. By the end of 1963, more than a dozen reentry vehicles had been successfully intercepted. Source [1] says that the designation XLIM-49B was allocated to the Nike Zeus B in 1963. However, as said above, official records show that Nike Zeus B was actually the XLIM-49A.

In May 1963, a modified Nike Zeus B missile intercepted an orbiting satellite. From June 1963 until May 1966, a Nike Zeus B with a live nuclear warhead was always on alert at the Kwajalein launch complex for possible interception of Soviet satellites.

Photo: U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command

Kit Contents: The Estes 1270 kit contains plastic nose cone, main body tube, 18mm engine mount assembly, one balsa sheet, an 18" parachutes, launch lug, decal sheet and instructions.

Availability: The Nike-X skill level hang tag version is scarce but can be located with patience. Be prepared to spend over $100 for a nice original kit with problem free hang tag.

Additional information can be found at the following link;

JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes 1270

Specifications: Length (24.3 in), Weight (2.3 oz), Diameter (1.325 in)

Recommended 18 mm Engine: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5


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