No Hang Tag, Black and Red Letters
Images courtesy of Jimid123 at Ye Olde Rocket Forum
Designer: Ron McClaren
Production Years: 1965-1967
Retail Pricing Range: $1.20
Rarity: Very Rare
Description: Horizontal image: pre-Damon Era ASTRON INVADER available from 1965 through 1967 and not listed in the 1967 catalog. I believe that all ASTRON INVADER kits were issued without hang tags but welcome evidence of an INVADER kit with yellow pre-Damon era hang tag. The facecard is also part of the instruction sheet. The facecard is illustrated with a gray outlined boost glider image over white background, the name "ASTRON INVADER" in black and red letters and a printed price of "Only $1.20". Estes marketed the ASTRON INVADER as a high performance boost glider with unique design.
The kit features a main body tube, balsa nose cone, five sheets of balsa fin stock, nose cone weight, balancing weight, launch lug, and instructions.
Estes K-19 clone kits are readily available on the internet with a simple search of Google listings.
Additional information can be found at the following links;
JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes K23
Essense Model Rocket Reviews: OOP Estes Invader Balsa Machining Service Clone
Specifications: Length (11.8 in), Wing Span (8.7 in), Weight (0.89 oz), Diameter (0.736 in)
Recommended 18 mm Engines: 1/2A8-2, A8-3, B8-2
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