Black Paper Hang Tag
Version 2 Pink Skill Level Facecard
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Designer: Wayne Kellner
Production Years: 1980-1983
Retail Pricing Range: $4.50-$6.00
Rarity: Moderately Scarce
Description: Estes launched the Stiletto model rocket kit #1323 in the 1979 catalog with follow on appearances in the 1980 through 1983 catalogs. The 1980 to 1983 version kits feature a black paper hang tag and skill level facecard packaging combination. The Stilleto facecard is Version 2 with the rocket launch sequence in the background.
Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide
The Stilleto is a skill level 2 scale like surface to air interceptor missile with realistic military decals. It is powered with traditional 18mm engines and safely returns with a 12" parachute. Based on the kit's specifications, it does suggest that the Stilleto is a reasonable sports rocket with B or C engines.
Kit Contents: The kit features a main body tube, plastic nose cone, plastic display nozzle, 18 mm engine mount kit, a die cut balsa sheet, wood strip for fairings, two multi color decal sheets, 12" parachute, launch lug and instruction sheet.
Availability: I consider this kit to be moderately scarce and desireable. The earlier 1979 kit with a Version 3 pink skill level hang tag and "New" emblem on the facecard is considered to be more difficult to locate than those with the black paper hang tag.
Additional information can be found at the following link;
Jim Z Rocket Plan Link: Estes1323
Specifications: Length: 22.4", Diameter: 0.976", Weight: 1.27 oz.
Recommended 18 mm Engines: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5
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