Estes Starliner

Kit# 0863

Black Paper Hang Tag

Blue Facecard with Gray Rocket Artwork


Images by Gerry Fortin

Designer: Michael Hambright

Production Years: 1981-1984

Retail Pricing Range: $3.00-$4.75

Rarity: Scarce

Description: The Estes Starliner model rocket kit #0863 was first listed in the 1981 catalog and then in the subsequent 1982 through 1984 catalogs. The Estes Starliner rocket was a member of the Mini Brute line powered by 13mm engines. This design is Estes futuristic vision of a 21th century commerical space transport ship.

Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide

The Estes Starliner is packaged with a black paper hang tag and simple blue background with overlaid gray Estes Starliner rocket in gray. This rocket is rated as a skill level 3 build.

Kit Contents: The Estes Starliner kit contains a main body tube, plastic nose cone, 13mm engine mount, two balsa stock sheets, a 10" parachute, template and pattern sheet, clay, weight, launch lug and instructions.

Availability: I believe that all Estes Starliner kits will be found with the black paper hang tag. This kit is scarce and will probably take 3-6 months of eBay searching to locate a problem free collectable example. Be prepared to pay $40 to $60 for a nice problem free kit.

Additional information can be found at the following link;

Ye Olde Rocket Shop Plans: Estes 0863

Specifications: Length: 12.6", Diameter: 0.736", Weight: 0.9 oz.

Recommended 13 mm Engines: 1/2A3-2T, A3-2T, A3-4T, A10-3T


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