Version 2 Rainbow Hang Tag - Large Letters
Images by Gerry Fortin
Production Years: 1981-1984
Retail Pricing Range: $6.00-$8.25
Rarity: Very Scarce
Description: The Vindicator model rocket kit #1367 is a classic Estes futuristic design and was first listed in the 1981 catalog and then offered through 1984. It is believed that kits shipped during 1981 and 1982 were packaged with the Version 2 rainbow hang tag (large letters) and a colorful facecard. The facecard shows a yellowish tan Vindicator rocket inflight over a deep and light green background. The typical Estes rocket launch sequence artwork is also obvious on the facecard. I suspect that kits shipped during 1983 and 1984 will be found with the black paper hang tag but to date, none have been seen. Therefore this listing covers the 1981 through 1984 production years as packaged with rainbow hang tag until a kit with black paper hang tag is located.
Hang Tag (Header Card) Guide
The Vindicator is a skill level 3 futuristic design that has a similar appearance with the classic K-50 Interceptor model. The Vindicator was marketed as a sleek interplanetary interceptor. The rocket is powered with traditional 18mm engines and safely returns from a peak altitude of 900 feet with an 18" parachute.
Kit Contents: The Estes Vindicator kit contains a main body tube, exotic plastic nose cone, 18mm engine mount, balsa die cut sheet, die cut card, pattern sheet, decal sheet, launch lug, 18" parachute and instruction sheet.
Availability: The Vindicator kit is very scarce in today's market and could require one or more years of searching on eBay to locate an example. Finding a kit with undamaged rainbow hang tag will add to the challenge as the paper used for the rainbow hang tag is very thin and becomes brittle with age. Expect to pay between $80-$120 for an original problem free kit.
The search for a Vindicator kit with black paper hang tag will continue and this listing will be updated accordingly when an example is located.
Additional information can be found at the following link;
JimZ Kit Plan Link: Estes1367
Specifications: Length: 25.5", Diameter: 1.325", Weight: 2.6 oz.
Recommended 18 mm Engines: B4-2, B6-2, B6-4, B8-5, C6-3, C6-5
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