Blue Bird Zero
Black Paper Hang Tag
Images by Gerry Fortin
Designers: Mike Doffler
Production Years: 1980-1985
Retail Pricing Range: $6.00-$9.49
Rarity: Very Scarce
Description: Estes Blue Bird Zero model rocket kit #1335 is a favorite of many serious vintage model rocket fans. The kit appeared in multiple Estes catalogs between 1980 through 1985. Kit packaging includes a black paper hang tag coupled with an attractive orange/yellow facecard with overlaid inflight Blue Bird Zero rocket. The facecard also illustrates the classic launch sequence in the background but rather than marketing the Blue Bird's maximum altitude, the rocket's 39" height is featured.
Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide
As the Blue Bird Zero was introduced during 1980, one must wonder if any kits were packaged with a rainbow hang tag. This listing assumes that all Blue Bird Zero kits exist with a black paper hang tag only. More searching is necessary to determine if this assumption is valid.
The Blue Bird Zero is an easy to build skill level 2 using 18mm engines. Clone kits are offered on eBay for rocketeers who wish to add this classic Estes kit to their collections without destroying a preserved original kit. Converting the engine mount to 24mm D engine would result in spectacular flights in larger fields.
Kit Contents: The kit features two main body tubes and coupler, a plastic nose cone, 18mm engine mount, single die cut balsa sheet, multi color decal sheet, pattern sheet, 18" parachute, launch lug and instruction sheet.
Availability: This Estes kit is considered to be scarce to very scarce on eBay and will take some patience for locating a problem free example with pristine body tube and uncurled facecard. eBay kit prices are quite variable but expect to pay a minimum of $80 or more for a problem free kit.
Additional information can be found at the following link;
Jim Z Rocket Plans: Estes1335
Specifications: Length: 39.75", Diameter: 1.325", Weight: 2.7 oz.
Recommended 18 mm Engines: B4-2, B4-4, B6-2, B6-4, B8-5, B14-5, C6-5, C6-7
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