Sky Raider

Kit# 1290

Version 2 Pink Skill Level Hang Tag

Version 2 Pink Skill Level Facecard with "New" Emblem


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Designers: Unknown

Production Years: 1975-1979

Retail Pricing Range: $4.00-$5.75

Rarity: Scarce

Description: Facecard and hang tag are typical skill level series design with pink color designating a skill level 2 kit. Hang tag is Version 2 with white pricing oval. Version 2 facecard is pink and white color with overlaid static Sky Raider rocket in white, gray and black colors. Pink color background also illustrates the rocket flight sequence from launch through recovery. The kit name is shown with black outlined letters. The lower section of facecard provides kit number, skill level designation as intermediate, kit specifications and engine recommendations.

Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide

Skill Level Facecard Guide

I would expect to find the Sky Raider kit also with a Version 3 skill level hang tag paired with Version 2 facecard.

The Sky Raider is a 24mm D engine powered sport model with payload section but can be flown on 18mm engines with Estes' EM2050 adapter if not payload is present.

Kit Contents: The 1290 kit contains a plastic nose cone, main and payload body tube, one balsa nose block, one balsa sheet, 24mm engine mount, an 18" parachutes, launch lug, decal and instructions.

Availability: This kit variety with skill level hang tag is rated as scarce but more available than the kit version with black paper hang tag.

Additional information can be found at the following link;

JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes 1290

Specifications: Length 32.75", Weight 2.39 oz, Diameter 1.325"

Recommended 24 mm Engine: D12-5, D12-7

With EM2050 Adaptor: C6-5


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