Astron Farside-X

Kit# K-12X

No Hang Tag - Temperature Sealed Gusset Bag

Red and Black Artwork on White Instruction Sheet


Images by Gerry Fortin

Designer: Bill Simon

Production Years: 1964-1965

Retail Pricing Range: $3.00

Rarity: Rare

Description: This is the first Astron Farside-X kit from the mid 1960s with red and black artwork on a white instruction sheet. Note the temperature sealed gusset bag employed as packaging. The instruction sheet artwork illustrates the three stage Farside-X rocket in red with Astron Farside-X printed in black letters. Pricing is also printed as part of the artwork with a red "$3.00" kit price. The kit is marked as Astron without Estes kit number.

The Farside and Farside-X were 3 stage ultra high altitude workhorse rocket of the Estes fleet. Estes rated the kit as skill level 3 and for the experienced rocketeer. Flight up to 2500 feet were claimed in the Estes catalog. The Farside was part of a two model offering whereby the Farside was configured as a standard payload model and the Farside-X featured a larger payload section for experimental work.

Below is a comparison of the inital Farside and Farside-X instruction card artwork. Clearly the two kit versions were marketed separately by Estes staff based on the different artwork designs.

Astron Farside (K-12)                                             Astron Farside - X (K-12X)


Additional information can be found at the following links;

JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes K12

Essense Model Rocket Reviews: OOP K12X Farside-X

Specifications: Length: 25.0", Diameter: 1.5", Weight: 2.5 oz.

Recommended 18 mm Engines: First Stage: 1/2A6-0, A8-0, B14-0 Second Stage: 1/2A6-0, A8-0, B6-0, B14-0, C6-0, Third Stage: 1/2A6-4, A8-5, B4-6, B6-6, B14-6, C6-7


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