Astron X-Ray

Kit# K-18

No Hang Tag

Red Artwork on White Instruction Sheet


Images by Gerry Fortin

Designer: Unknown

Production Years: 1965-1967

Retail Pricing Range: $1.75

Rarity: Extremely Rare

Description: The initial Astron X-RAY kit available from 1965 through 1967 without hang tag. The kit has red rocket artwork is part of the white instruction sheet. The artwork is white background and illustrated with a red outlined X-Ray rocket image, the name "Astron X-RAY" in black and red letters, a printed price of "Only $1.75" and K-18 kit number. Estes marketed the Astron X-RAY as a single stage payload rocket with visible payload bay.

As compared to other early Estes kits of the same era, the X-Ray is very difficult to locate and is rated as extremely rare and should command a strong premium when available for sale.

The kit features a main body tube, balsa nose cone, clear payload section, a balsa adapter, one sheet of balsa fin stock, 12" parachute, engine mount, launch lug, and instructions.

Additional information can be found at the following links;

JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes K18

Essense Model Rocket Reviews: Semroc X-Ray Clone Kit  

Specifications: Length (16.75 in), Weight (0.7 oz), Body and Payload Diameters (0.736 in and 0.950 in)

Recommended 18 mm Engines: 1/2A8-2, A8-3, B8-4, B3-5


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