No Hang Tag, Black Letters and Red Rocket
Images by Gerry Fortin
Designer: Bill Simon
Production Years: 1965-1967
Retail Pricing Range: $1.75
Rarity: Very Rare
Description: Horizontal image: pre-Damon Era Astron Drifter from mid 60's; I believe this kit variety with no hangtag was produced from 1965 through 1967. The facecard is also part of the instruction sheet. The facecard is illustrated with a red rocket outlined image over white background, the name "ASTRON DRIFTER" in black letters and a printed price of "$1.75".
Estes marketed the Drifter as having large parachute storage capacity with light weight design for long "drifting" recoveries. The kit features a body tube, balsa nose cone, a sheet of balsa stock for fins, engine mounting system, dual 12" and 24" plastic parachutes, launch lug, and instructions.
Additional information can be found at the following links;
JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes K14
Essense Model Rocket Reviews: K14 Balsa Machine Service Clone Review
Specifications: Length (14.3 in), Weight (1.0 oz), Diameter (0.98 in)
Recommended 18 mm Engines: 1/2A8-2, A8-3, B8-2, B8-4
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