SS-1C Scud B
Version 2 Rainbow Hang Tag - Large Letters
Images by Gerry Fortin
Designers: Keith Niskern, Bruce Paton
Production Years: 1980-1981
Retail Pricing Range: $5.00-$5.50
Description: The SS 1C SCUD B model rocket kit #1340 is a 1:20.4 scale model of the Russian medium range surface to surface missile. The kit was offered for two years only in the 1980 and 1981 catalogs. All 1980 and 1981 kits were packaged with the Version 2 rainbow hang tag (large letters) and a colorful facecard. The facecard illustrates a copper colored SCUD B rocket inflight over a deep green background with light blue streaks. The typical Estes rocket launch sequence artwork is visible at the bottom right on the facecard.
Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide
Scud missile on TEL vehicle, National Museum of Military History, Bulgaria
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scud) provides a detailed description of the various tactical field missiles originally developed by the Russians during the Cold War and code named SCUD by western intelligence agencies. The official Russian name for the SS 1C SCUD B was R-17 Elbrus. Wikipedia listed the following details surround the R-17 Elbrus;
The successor to the R-11, the R-17 (SS-1C Scud-B), renamed R-300 in the 1970s, was the most prolific of the series, with a production run estimated at 7,000. It served in 32 countries and four countries besides the Soviet Union manufactured copied versions. The first launch was conducted in 1961, and it entered service in 1964.
The R-17 was an improved version of the R-11. It could carry nuclear, chemical, conventional or fragmentation weapons. At first, the Scud-B was carried on a tracked transporter erector launcher (TEL) similar to that of the Scud-A, designated 2P19, but this was not successful and a wheeled replacement was designed by the Titan Central Design Bureau, becoming operational in 1967. The new MAZ-543 vehicle was officially designated 9P117 Uragan. The launch sequence could be conducted autonomously, but was usually directed from a separate command vehicle. The missile is raised to a vertical position by means of hydraulically-powered cranes, which usually takes four minutes, while the total sequence lasts about one hour.
Kit Contents: The Estes SCUD B kit contains a main body tube, special scale plastic nose cone, a long 18mm engine mount tube, balsa die cut sheet, wood and balsa strips, die cut card sheet, pattern sheet, decal sheet, launch lug, 18" parachute and instruction sheet.
Availability: The SCUD B kit is scarce and will be most available when collectors liquidate their collections on eBay. Otherwise, few kits are seen on eBay and only on an erratic basis. Four kits appeared on eBay during the second half 2012 and brought between $80 to $100. The key issue with all early 1980s kits is the rainbow hang tag condition. The thin paper does not age well and is often found to be brittle. Rounded facecards are also a problem as the kit only contains a main body tube that the facecard easily wraps around.
Additional information can be found at the following link;
JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes1340
Specifications: Length: 21.7", Diameter: 1.637", Weight: 2.5 oz.
Recommended 18 mm Engines: B4-2, B4-4, B6-4, B8-5, C6-5, C6-7
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