Yellow Hang Tag - Pre Damon Era
Blue and Black Letters on White Facecard
Images courtesy of Jimid123 at Ye Olde Rocket Forum
Production Years: 1968-1969
Retail Pricing Range: $1.50
Rarity: Very Rare
Description: Pre Damon era WAC Corporal scale model rocket kit with yellow hang tag. The instruction sheet also serves as an illustrated facecard. The artwork includes a gray/black WAC Corporal rocket, kit name and pricing "Only $1.50" in blue and Estes Industries name and address in black. The WAC Corporal artwork could be considered simplistic. The plastic bag is pleated.
Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide
The WAC Corporal was American's first sounding rocket having its origin during World War II timeframe as a counter missile development program to that of the Germans. The WAC acronym stands for Without Altitude Control indicating the simplicity of the rocket design. For detailed information, please check the Jcrocket.com link below.
Kit Contents: The kit contents include a main body tube, balsa nose cone and nose weight, two sheets of balsa stock, engine block, 12" parachute, launch lug, instructions and Estes TR-1 stability report.
Availability: Early WAC Corporal kits with instruction sheet facecard and pre Damon yellow hang tag are consider to be very rare. They should bring a substantial premium when problem free unopened kits do appear on the market. Only one appearance of this kit has been recorded on eBay since 2008 at a realized price of $110. I would expect any incremental kits to bring a larger premium due to rarity awareness by the collecting community.
Additional information can be found at the following links;
JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes K-11
Essense Model Rocket Reviews: OOP Estes K11 WAC Corporal
Jcrocket.com: WAC Corporal
Specifications: Length (11.8 in), Weight (0.65 oz), Diameter (0.736 in)
Recommended 18 mm Engines: 1/2A6-2, A8-3, B6-4, C6-5
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