Version 2 Rainbow Hang Tag - Large Letters
Images by Gerry Fortin
Designer: Bruce Paton
Production Years: 1979-1981
Retail Pricing Range: $6.50-$7.25
Rarity: Very Scarce
Description: Estes originally launched the Starship Vega model rocket kit during 1973 with availability only during 1973 and 1974. The Starship Vega was re-released in the 1979 catalog with same graphics and specifications as the 1973 model. The 1979 version kit, as pictured above, carries the Version 2 rainbow hang tag (large letters) and artistic facecard packaging. The Starship Vega facecard artwork is very well done with a bold Starship Vega rocket and colorful intergallactic background. The facecard still maintains the rocket launch sequence in the background and an obvious skill level 3 kit designation.
Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide
The Starship Vega is a skill level 3 exotic design and marketed as a interplanetary exploration vehicle with science fiction styling. Indeed the Starship Vega has been a popular kit and was voted as one of the Top 20 Estes exotic kits on the Ye Olde Rocketry Forum. The Vega is powered with traditional 18mm engines and safely returns with a 12" parachute.
Kit Contents: The kit features a main body tube, plastic nose cone, 18 mm engine mount kit, three landing pod tubes, a landing leg dowel, large and small die cut balsa sheets, a die cut paper card, a multi color decal sheet, 12" parachute, clay balance weight, launch lug and instruction sheet.
Availability: The Starship Vega kit with a rainbow hang tag is considered to be very scarce to rare and a desireable kit collection addition due to it's infrequent appearances on eBay. During the 1981-1983 timeframe, the rainbow hang tag was replaced with the typical black paper hang tag. This kit packaging version is probably more available than the rainbow hang tag version.
Additional information can be found at the following link;
Jim Z Rocket Plan Link: Estes1320
Specifications: Length: 19.5", Diameter: 0.976", Weight: 1.88 oz.
Recommended 18 mm Engines: A8-3, B4-2, B4-4, B6-2, B6-4, B14-5, C6-5, C6-7
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