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Jimid123
05-09-2009, 03:27 PM
Hi, Here are some Photos of Vintage Rocket Kits in my collection for you Guys and Gals to Enjoy, Take Care, Jimi

Estes First Edition Uprated Saturn-1 Still New in Factory Sealed Unopeded Box

Some of my built kits

Very First Packaging of the Centuri Payloader II Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Mark before Hang Tags were added Mint Unopened

Enterjet A Div. Of Centuri 2650 Sounding Rocket Mint Condition

More Photos to follow....

dwmzmm
05-09-2009, 03:30 PM
Super!! That's the first Astron Mark I had, too (same packaging). More photos, please.

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 03:40 PM
Hi, Here are some Photos of Vintage Rocket Kits in my collection for you Guys and Gals to Enjoy, Take Care, Jimi

Estes First Edition Uprated Satun-1 Still New in Factory Sealed Unopeded Box

Some of my built kits

Very First Packaging of the Centuri Payloader II Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Mark before Hang Tags were added Mint Unopened

Enterjet A Div. Of Centuri 2650 Sounding Rocket Mint Condition

More Photos to follow....


Here are more photos to Enjoy, Take Care, Jimi

Centuri 1960s Large Rocktry Kits Mini Max Scorpion Mint Condition

Centuri Very First Packaging Aero-Bat Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Sprite Early Packaging before hang tags were added Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Space Early Packaging before hang tags were added Mint Condition

Some Containers Of Mint Unopened Vintage Kits


More Photos to follow...

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 03:46 PM
Super!! That's the first Astron Mark I had, too (same packaging). More photos, please.


Hi Dave, Yes Nice old kit, I have a few types of packaing on this kit. Yes I have more photos going on very sortly, Glade you are enjoying them, Take Care, Jimi

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 04:01 PM
Here are more photos to Enjoy, Take Care, Jimi

Centuri 1960s Large Rocktry Kits Mini Max Scorpion Mint Condition

Centuri Very First Packaging Aero-Bat Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Sprite Early Packaging before hang tags were added Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Space Early Packaging before hag tags were added Mint Condition

Some Containers Of Mint Unopened Vintage Kits


More Photos to follow...


Her are a few more Photos to enjoy, Jimi

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Drifter Before Hang Tags were added Mint Unupened

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Big Bertha Before hang Tags were added Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Mars Lander Very First Packaging before they were boxed Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Astron Invader First and only packaging of this kit Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Honest John Before Hang Tags were added Mint Unopened

More Photos to follow...

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 04:22 PM
Her are a few more Photos to enjoy, Jimi

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Drifter Before Hang Tags were added Mint Unupened

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Big Bertha Before hang Tags were added Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Mars Lander Very First Packaging before they were boxed Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Astron Invader First and only packaging of this kit Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Honest John Befor Hang Tags were added Mint Unopened

More Photos to follow...


More Photos to Enjoy, Jimi

Centuri Very First Packaging of there Centur Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Apogee II Before Hang Tags were added Mint Unopened

Centuri Very First Packaging of there Marauder Two Stage Kit Mint Unopened

Centuri Very First Packaging of there IRIS Mint Unopened

Container Of some Vintage Kits Mint

More Photos to follow....

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 04:37 PM
More Photos to Enjoy, Jimi

Centuri Very First Packaging of there Centur Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Apogee II Before Hang Tags were added Mint Unopened

Centuri Very First Packaging of there Marauder Two Stage Kit Mint Unopened

Centuri Very First Packaging of there IRIS Mint Unopened

Container Of some Vintage Kits Mint

More Photos to follow....


A Few more to Enjoy, Jimi

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Scrambler Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags Apollo Capsule Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Gemini Titan Before Hang Tags Mint Unopened

Estes SPEV Mint Unopened This Kit was never listed in any Estes Catalogs

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags Little Joe II Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron Falcon Mint Unopened

More to Follow...

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 04:52 PM
A Few more to Enjoy, Jimi

Pre-Damon Estes Astron Scrambler Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags Apollo Capsule Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Gemini Titan Before Hang Tags Mint Unopened

Estes SPEV Mint Unopened This Kit was never listed in any Estes Catalogs

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags Little Joe II Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron Falcon Mint Unopened

More to Follow...
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More Photos to Enjoy, Jimi

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang tags were added Astron Avenger Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Arcus Mint Unopened

Centuri Very First Packaging of there Honest John Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron Streak

Estes First Packaging of there Astron Interceptor Mint Unopened


More to Follow...

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 05:16 PM
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More Photos to Enjoy, Jimi

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang tags were added Astron Avenger Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Arcus Mint Unopened

Centuri Very First Packaging of there Honest John Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron Streak

Estes Virst Packaging of there Astron Interceptor Mint Unopened


More to Follow...


More to Enjoy....

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron Constellation Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron X-Ray Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron Scout Mint Unopened

Centuri Very First Packaging of there Defender Space Prob Mint Unopened

Container of some Vintage Kits Mint

More to Follow...

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 05:33 PM
More to Enjoy....

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron Constellation Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron X-Ray Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes Before Hang Tags were added Astron Scout Mint Unopened

Centuri Very First Packaging of there Defender Space Prob Mint Unopened

Container of some Vintage Kits Mint

More to Follow...


More to Enjoy.....

Centuri Saturn Vs and Saturn 1Bs Two Types of boxes Mint

Centuri Orion Bag version and Boxed version Mint Unopened

Centuri Apollo Little Joe II Mint

Pre-Damon Estes Big Bertha with Face Card Added Mint Unopened

Enerjet a Div. of Centuri Nike-Smoke Mint Unopened

Centuri 1960s Large Rocketry Mini Max Series Hustler Mint

More to Follow...

Jimid123
05-09-2009, 06:35 PM
More to Enjoy.....

Centuri Saturn Vs and Saturn 1Bs Two Types of boxes Mint

Centuri Orion Bag version and Boxed version Mint Unopened

Centuri Apollo Little Joe II Mint

Pre-Damon Estes Big Bertha with Face Card Added Mint Unopened

Enerjet a Div. of Centuri Nike-Smoke Mint Unopened

Centuri 1960s Large Rocketry Mini Max Series Hustler Mint

More to Follow...


Here are a few more to enjoy

Enerjet a Div. of Centuri Athna Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes First Packing of there Saturn V Mint

Pre-Damon Estes Mars lander Boxed version Mint

Centuri MACH-10 Boxed Version Mint Unopened

Centuri Laser-X Boxed Version Mint Unopened

Centuri Quasar Boxed Version Mint Unopened

Estes Cineroc Movie Camera Mint

Jimi

GregGleason
05-09-2009, 07:36 PM
Very nice collection. :)

Oh, if I knew then what I know now ...

At least I had the sense to buy a reissued 1/96 scale Revell Saturn V about four years ago at a Hobby Town.

Greg

Jimid123
05-10-2009, 01:11 AM
Very nice collection. :)

Oh, if I knew then what I know now ...

At least I had the sense to buy a reissued 1/96 scale Revell Saturn V about four years ago at a Hobby Town.

Greg

Hi Greg, Thank You, The Revell Saturn V, very nice kit. Jimi

gerryfortin
05-10-2009, 02:00 AM
Hi Jimi,

Would you mind if I used some of the images for my website's individual kit pages. It would sure beat waiting for some of these kits to show up on eBay.

Thanks....Gerry Fortin

Jimid123
05-10-2009, 04:48 AM
Hi Jimi,

Would you mind if I used some of the images for my website's individual kit pages. It would sure beat waiting for some of these kits to show up on eBay.

Thanks....Gerry Fortin


Hi Gerry, Sure you can use any of these Photos, I will be posting more so use all you like. If you need to know a kit number to go with the photos just let me know and I will be happy to send the numbers to you. Thanks and Take Care, Jimi

ghrocketman
05-10-2009, 11:50 AM
Is your bagged Enerjet Athena one of the ones recently (within the last year) sold on ebay ?
There were I think two bagged Athenas and one Boxed Athena that sold on ebay in the past year.

Jimid123
05-10-2009, 12:40 PM
Is your bagged Enerjet Athena one of the ones recently (within the last year) sold on ebay ?
There were I think two bagged Athenas and one Boxed Athena that sold on ebay in the past year.

Hi, Yes I did get this one from Ebay several months ago. Thanks, Jimi

Rocketcrab
05-10-2009, 07:53 PM
Wow, what a stroll down memory lane! The photo of the boxed Estes Uprated Saturn 1 in the thread starter was just as I remember seeing it for the first time when I went to our local hobby shop in 1968 and discovered model rocketry. Of course, back then $9.50 was big bucks to a 12 year old! I never bought one, but I'm painting my SEMROC Saturn 1B in the same fashion as the old Estes original.

Thanks for posting all of those pics guys! :cool:

Jimid123
05-11-2009, 12:08 AM
Wow, what a stroll down memory lane! The photo of the boxed Estes Uprated Saturn 1 in the thread starter was just as I remember seeing it for the first time when I went to our local hobby shop in 1968 and discovered model rocketry. Of course, back then $9.50 was big bucks to a 12 year old! I never bought one, but I'm painting my SEMROC Saturn 1B in the same fashion as the old Estes original.

Thanks for posting all of those pics guys! :cool:


Hi, Your are Very Welcome, Glade you are enjoying the pics. More will be comming. Take Care, Jimi

Jimid123
05-11-2009, 12:34 AM
Here are a few more to enjoy

Enerjet a Div. of Centuri Athna Mint Unopened

Pre-Damon Estes First Packing of there Saturn V Mint

Pre-Damon Estes Mars lander Boxed version Mint

Centuri MACH-10 Boxed Version Mint Unopened

Centuri Laser-X Boxed Version Mint Unopened

Centuri Quasar Boxed Version Mint Unopened

Estes Cineroc Movie Camera Mint

Jimi


More Pic to Enjoy

Estes Citation Series....

Estes Citation Red Max Mint Unopened

Estes Citation Patriot Mint Unopened

Estes Citation Starship Vega Mint Unopened

Estes Citation Bomarc Mint Unopened

Estes Citation Starter Set with Quasar Rocket


Take Care, Jimi

jetlag
05-11-2009, 10:52 AM
Ahh, yes, Jimi!
Those Citations were well-wanted when I came along! I wanted them all, except for the Quasar. Ended up with the Max, Bomarc, Vega, and the Patriot. Boy, I thought I had really arrived!!!
Spent the weekend organizing my kits: 16 x 72 qt bins full of bagged kits!! Geez! (Mywife had several OTHER colorful comments, though)! :eek:
Allen

Jimid123
05-11-2009, 08:12 PM
More Pic to Enjoy

Estes Citation Series....

Estes Citation Red Max Mint Unopened

Estes Citation Patriot Mint Unopened

Estes Citation Starship Vega Mint Unopened

Estes Citation Bomarc Mint Unopened

Estes Citation Starter Set with Quasar Rocket


Take Care, Jimi


Here are a few more pic to enjoy, Jimi

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Fireside Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Mars Snooper Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Skyhook Mint Unopened

Estes Sprint Mint Unopened Red Hang Tag hard to find in this packaing Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Before Hang Tags were added Astron Mark Later packing then the one I had on earler Mint Unopened

More to follow, Thanks, Jimi

Jimid123
05-11-2009, 08:20 PM
Here are a few more pic to enjoy, Jimi

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Fireside Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Mars Snooper Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Skyhook Mint Unopened

Estes Sprint Mint Unopened Red Hang Tag hard to find in this packaing Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Before Hang Tags were added Astron Mark Later packing then the one I had on earler Mint Unopened

More to follow, Thanks, Jimi


A few more

Estes Pre-Damon Mercury Redstone Mint Unpened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Space Plane Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Cobra Mint unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Fireside-X Mint unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Delta Mint Unopened

Jimi

Jimid123
05-11-2009, 08:47 PM
Ahh, yes, Jimi!
Those Citations were well-wanted when I came along! I wanted them all, except for the Quasar. Ended up with the Max, Bomarc, Vega, and the Patriot. Boy, I thought I had really arrived!!!
Spent the weekend organizing my kits: 16 x 72 qt bins full of bagged kits!! Geez! (Mywife had several OTHER colorful comments, though)! :eek:
Allen


Hi Allen, That is the only Citation kit I do not have also is the Quasar in the box by itself. I no longer have my commander with me, single again after being married over 28 years. But I will say back in 1974 she was building some rockets with me. By the way I just put more pics up on more vintage kits. Take Care, Jimi

Jimid123
05-15-2009, 01:49 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]A few more

Estes Pre-Damon Mercury Redstone Mint Unpened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Space Plane Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Cobra Mint unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Fireside-X Mint unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Delta Mint Unopened

Jimi[/QUOTE

Here are a few more pic to enjoy, Jimi

Estes Star Blazer Mint Unopened

Estes Sandhawk Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Saros Mint Unopened

Centuri X-29 Bug Mint Unopened

Centuri Marader Mint Unopened

Jimid123
05-15-2009, 01:59 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]A few more

Estes Pre-Damon Mercury Redstone Mint Unpened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Space Plane Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Cobra Mint unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Fireside-X Mint unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Delta Mint Unopened

Jimi[/QUOTE

Here are a few more pic to enjoy, Jimi

Estes Star Blazer Mint Unopened

Estes Sandhawk Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Saros Mint Unopened

Centuri X-29 Bug Mint Unopened

Centuri Marader Mint Unopened


A few more...

Estes Pre-Damon Aerobee 300 Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Orbital Transport Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Avenger Red Hang Tag a bit later packaging Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Alpha two types of packaging the one to the left Pre-Damon and the one to the right Estes Damon Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Stinger Avalible as a free kit only Mint Unopened

Jimid123
05-15-2009, 02:07 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


A few more...

Estes Pre-Damon Aerobee 300 Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Orbital Transport Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Avenger Red Hang Tag a bit later packaging Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Alpha two types of packaging the one to the left Pre-Damon and the one to the right Estes Damon Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Stinger Avalible as a free kit only Mint Unopened


More photos to enjoy, Jimi

Centuri Astro i Mint Unpened

Estes Pre-Damon V-2 Mint UNopened

Estes Pre-Damon Thor-Agena B Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Before Hang Tags this is the very first packaging Semi-Scale Saturn V Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Drifter later packaging Mint Unopened

Jimid123
05-15-2009, 02:15 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


More photos to enjoy, Jimi

Centuri Astro i Mint Unpened

Estes Pre-Damon V-2 Mint UNopened

Estes Pre-Damon Thor-Agena B Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Before Hang Tags this is the very first packaging Semi-Scale Saturn V Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Drifter later packaging Mint Unopened

and a few more....

Estes Pre-Damon WAC Corporal Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Honest John Mint Unopened

Centuri Long Tom Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Midget Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Shrike Mint Unopened

Jimid123
05-16-2009, 03:59 PM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]

and a few more....

Estes Pre-Damon WAC Corporal Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Honest John Mint Unopened

Centuri Long Tom Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Midget Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Shrike Mint Unopened


A Few More Pic...Jimi

Estes Bandit Mint Unopened

Centuri T-Bird Mint Unopened

Centuri Space Shuttle Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Omega Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Omega with Payload Mint Unopened

gerryfortin
05-17-2009, 07:57 PM
Hi Jimid,

Just started to add images from your posts to the Estes kit databases. Was able to upload the Big Bertha and Spaceman no hangtag kits. More are on the way as time allows. I had never seen the early Big Bertha until you posted. Please keep up the sharing and thanks for allowing me to use the images for building the different K kit varieties. This is turning out to be an insightful project.

Jimid123
05-17-2009, 09:42 PM
Hi Jimid,

Just started to add images from your posts to the Estes kit databases. Was able to upload the Big Bertha and Spaceman no hangtag kits. More are on the way as time allows. I had never seen the early Big Bertha until you posted. Please keep up the sharing and thanks for allowing me to use the images for building the different K kit varieties. This is turning out to be an insightful project.


Great Gerry, Very Happy to help. This is the very first packaging on the Big Bertha when this kit was released. The other photo I have of this kit has a face card Pre-Damon with Hang Tag packed around 1968/69. Yes I have a few more Estes K series kit left to put on. Will be up very soon.

You Take Care, Jimi

von Braun
05-28-2009, 09:57 AM
Hello,Jimi

I've been spending part of the last few days drooling at the photos of the mint Estes and Centuri kits you've posted. With every scrolldown,I keep thinking "Geez,he's got all of them!" Absolutely magnificent! Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy them.

I noticed on the picture of some of your completed kits on the first post,the paint schemes on the Apogee,X-Ray,Farside X,Ranger,and Star Blazer are the same as the ones in the '71 and '72 Estes catalogs. I've done many,if not most of my kits with those same paint schemes. I'm currently working on the finish of an X-Ray x-kit with that design.

Were your models the ones that were actually featured in those catalogs? I always wondered who came up with those beautiful paint jobs.

-Steve

scigs30
05-28-2009, 01:06 PM
Jimi, I am glad there are people like you to keep the history of rocketry alive. Someone sick like me just wants to open each of those kits, smell the old balsa, paper and put it together. Also my collection is from the late 70's and newer so they are not as expensive as your collection. Once again awesome job.

Jimid123
05-28-2009, 06:05 PM
Hello,Jimi

I've been spending part of the last few days drooling at the photos of the mint Estes and Centuri kits you've posted. With every scrolldown,I keep thinking "Geez,he's got all of them!" Absolutely magnificent! Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy them.

I noticed on the picture of some of your completed kits on the first post,the paint schemes on the Apogee,X-Ray,Farside X,Ranger,and Star Blazer are the same as the ones in the '71 and '72 Estes catalogs. I've done many,if not most of my kits with those same paint schemes. I'm currently working on the finish of an X-Ray x-kit with that design.

Were your models the ones that were actually featured in those catalogs? I always wondered who came up with those beautiful paint jobs.

-Steve


Hi Steve, Glad you are enjoying the pic of my vintage kits. The ones that are built, Apogee II, X-Ray, Firside X , Ranger and Star Blazer are ones I built copying the ones in the Estes 71/72 cacalogs. When I get some time I will be posting a few more pic of more vitage kits in my collection.

Take Care, Jimi

Jimid123
05-28-2009, 06:07 PM
Jimi, I am glad there are people like you to keep the history of rocketry alive. Someone sick like me just wants to open each of those kits, smell the old balsa, paper and put it together. Also my collection is from the late 70's and newer so they are not as expensive as your collection. Once again awesome job.


Hi, Glad you are enjoying the pic, I will be posting a few more vintage kits from my collection as soon as I get a chance.

Take Care, Jimi

Jimid123
05-31-2009, 04:45 PM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


A Few More Pic...Jimi

Estes Bandit Mint Unopened

Centuri T-Bird Mint Unopened

Centuri Space Shuttle Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Omega Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Omega with Payload Mint Unopened


Hi Everyone, Here are a few more pics to enjoy of my vintage kits. Sorry for delay in getting more on, my Dad passed away.

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Nighthawk Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Starlight Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Trident Mint UNopenedn

Estes Astron Beta Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Alpha II Mint Unopened (Kit #EK-25)

Take Care, Jimi

von Braun
05-31-2009, 09:22 PM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


Hi Everyone, Here are a few more pics to enjoy of my vintage kits. Sorry for delay in getting more on, my Dad passed away.

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Nighthawk Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Starlight Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Trident Mint UNopenedn

Estes Astron Beta Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Alpha II Mint Unopened (Kit #EK-25)

Take Care, Jimi
Hello,Jimi;

So very,very sorry to hear about your father. My sympathy to you and your family. My mom passed away a little over two years ago,and I still miss her terribly.

When was the Alpha II in circulation? I recall Estes having the standard Alpha,with balsa nose cone and fins,then introduced the Alpha III in 1971 with plastic nose cone and fin unit,and I always wondered why I never saw an Alpha II. So it did indeed exist,huh? What was the difference?

-Steve

Jimid123
06-01-2009, 12:12 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]
Hello,Jimi;

So very,very sorry to hear about your father. My sympathy to you and your family. My mom passed away a little over two years ago,and I still miss her terribly.

When was the Alpha II in circulation? I recall Estes having the standard Alpha,with balsa nose cone and fins,then introduced the Alpha III in 1971 with plastic nose cone and fin unit,and I always wondered why I never saw an Alpha II. So it did indeed exist,huh? What was the difference?

-Steve

Thank You Steve, The Estes Alpha II I have is from the very early 1970s. I do not know the date these came in production, can not even find them listed in there catalogs. As far as the difference I can not see any difference with this or the standard Alpha.

You Take Care, Jimi

Leo
06-01-2009, 02:05 AM
Jimi,

could you check the Alpha II balsa sheet and tell us if it is die cut?

If so then that would be the difference to the normal Alpha.

Thanks,

Leo

PS: Sorry to read about your dad.

von Braun
06-01-2009, 08:03 AM
[QUOTE=von Braun]

Thank You Steve, The Estes Alpha II I have is from the very early 1970s. I do not know the date these came in production, can not even find them listed in there catalogs. As far as the difference I can not see any difference with this or the standard Alpha.

You Take Care, Jimi
Hi,Jimi;

Wow,that's a real mind-boggler. The very early seventies was when I got hooked on model rocketry. In fact,I remember the very day;my oldest brother built an Estes Aerobee 300 and we launched it in the field behind our house-on April 13th,1970,the day Apollo 13 lifted off.

Anyway,I too never saw the Alpha II in any catalog,never saw one in any of the local hobby shops back then. I wonder if they manufactured a limited number of them then decided not to put them on the market,or only sold them in certain parts of the country. One can only guess. I believe you have a real museum piece there,buddy. And the Starlight and Trident-drool city!

Talk to ya later-
-Steve

Phred
06-01-2009, 08:07 AM
I collect Alphas, and have two versions of the Alpha II from (I believe) the 1990's. One version is a standard hangtag kit and the other is an educator pack with building supplies including glue a knife and a guidebook similar to the old 1970's F.R.O.G.S. educator pack. The educator kit has fin lines already drawn on the BT. Both have plastic nosecones, and both have die cut fins.

I have been told over the years that the Alpha II moniker was a mostly internal designation for Alpha kits with the plastic nosecone. Jimi, it appears that your ALPHA II has the fin lines drawn on the tube as well. Am I correct? This is the only difference I can see from the regular Balsa coned Alpha of the period. I have ever seen the wonderful early 70's version you have, it is a great find!

Phred

Below are pics of the front and back of the kits:

von Braun
06-01-2009, 09:04 AM
I collect Alphas, and have two versions of the Alpha II from (I believe) the 1990's. One version is a standard hangtag kit and the other is an educator pack with building supplies including glue a knife and a guidebook similar to the old 1970's F.R.O.G.S. educator pack. The educator kit has fin lines already drawn on the BT. Both have plastic nosecones, and both have die cut fins.

I have been told over the years that the Alpha II moniker was a mostly internal designation for Alpha kits with the plastic nosecone. Jimi, it appears that your ALPHA II has the fin lines drawn on the tube as well. Am I correct? This is the only difference I can see from the regular Balsa coned Alpha of the period. I have ever seen the wonderful early 70's version you have, it is a great find!

Phred

Below are pics of the front and back of the kits:
I think you may have answered my question. I have an Alpha like the one you have in the educator pack;it has the same decals and a plastic nose cone. The facecard just said "Alpha". Wonder when they dropped the "II" designation. Thanks,Phred.

-Steve

jetlag
06-01-2009, 10:48 AM
Jimi,
So sorry to hear your Dad has passed. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Allen

Jimid123
06-01-2009, 07:08 PM
I collect Alphas, and have two versions of the Alpha II from (I believe) the 1990's. One version is a standard hangtag kit and the other is an educator pack with building supplies including glue a knife and a guidebook similar to the old 1970's F.R.O.G.S. educator pack. The educator kit has fin lines already drawn on the BT. Both have plastic nosecones, and both have die cut fins.

I have been told over the years that the Alpha II moniker was a mostly internal designation for Alpha kits with the plastic nosecone. Jimi, it appears that your ALPHA II has the fin lines drawn on the tube as well. Am I correct? This is the only difference I can see from the regular Balsa coned Alpha of the period. I have ever seen the wonderful early 70's version you have, it is a great find!

Phred

Below are pics of the front and back of the kits:


Hi Phred, I just check out the Alpha II, Yes it has the fin lines drawn on the tube. I also found out that the Fins are die-cut on this Alpha II version.

Take Care, Jimi

Jimid123
06-01-2009, 07:10 PM
Jimi,
So sorry to hear your Dad has passed. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Allen


Thank You Allen and You Take Care, Jimi

Jimid123
06-01-2009, 07:13 PM
Jimi,

could you check the Alpha II balsa sheet and tell us if it is die cut?

If so then that would be the difference to the normal Alpha.

Thanks,

Leo

PS: Sorry to read about your dad.

Thank You Leo, Yes they are die-cut fins.

Take Care, Jimi

Jimid123
06-03-2009, 04:52 PM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


Hi Everyone, Here are a few more pics to enjoy of my vintage kits. Sorry for delay in getting more on, my Dad passed away.

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Nighthawk Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Starlight Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon Astron Trident Mint UNopenedn

Estes Astron Beta Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Alpha II Mint Unopened (Kit #EK-25)

Take Care, Jimi


Here are a few more Pics

These Boxes are loaded with Vintage Rocketry Catalogs many in Mint Condition and many of them in quantities

Some of my Shelves loaded with Rocketry Goodies. A bit messey as I am working on my room. My collection also cantaines many Catalogs, Model Rocket News, Centuri News Letters and many other Model Rocketry Publication going back to the 1960s and up.

Estes EAC Club Kit #1447 This Pic is how they came when ordered direct from Estes

Estes EAC Club Kit #1447 This Pic is how they came if your bought at a hobby shop

Enjoy, Jimi

PaulK
06-21-2009, 01:23 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]Hi Everyone, Here are a few more pics to enjoy of my vintage kits. Sorry for delay in getting more on, my Dad passed away.Sorry to hear about your Dad Jimi, hope you're doing ok (my Mom passed a few months ago too, and its been difficult).

I'm thoroughly enjoying seeing pics of your collection, thanks for continuing to share.

Jimid123
06-23-2009, 01:04 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]Sorry to hear about your Dad Jimi, hope you're doing ok (my Mom passed a few months ago too, and its been difficult).

I'm thoroughly enjoying seeing pics of your collection, thanks for continuing to share.


Thank You, And I am glad you are enjoying the pics, Jimi

Jimid123
06-23-2009, 01:21 AM
[QUOTE=PaulK]


Thank You, And I am glad you are enjoy the pics, Jimi


Here are a few more pics to enjoy

Estes KS-2 Starter Set From 1970. Box Includes Alpha III kit with Clear Parts, Three Model Rocket Engins, Recovery Wadding, Model Rocktry Book and Instructions on how to build your own Lanch Pad and Controller Plus an Estes Catalog

Estes Pre Demon with Hang Tag Astron Ranger Mint In Unopened Pack

Estes Astron Skydart Mint In Unopened Pack

Estes Very First Packaging of there Goblin Kit Mint In Unopened Pack. (This Was Given As A Free Kit before they issued this as a standard kit to Buy) ( Released in 1970 as a Free Kit. Was issued as a standerd Kit in 1972)

gerryfortin
06-23-2009, 08:50 AM
Jimid....pics are much nicer with the blue background. Once I get access to website, will be able to add some of your kits to the kit description pages (like the Ranger).

dtomko
06-23-2009, 09:10 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


Here are a few more pics to enjoy

Estes KS-2 Starter Set From 1970. Box Includes Alpha III kit with Clear Parts, Three Model Rocket Engins, Recovery Wadding, Model Rocktry Book and Instructions on how to build your own Lanch Pad and Controller and Catalog

Estes Pre Demon with Hang Tag Astron Ranger Mint In Unopened Pack

Estes Astron Skydart Mint In Unopened Pack

Estes Very First Packaging of there Goblin Kit Mint In Unopened Pack.

That's the version of the Alpha III I got when I made my first order to Estes from an ad in a comic book! I thought I was going nuts because I distinctly remembered the clear fin can with clipped fins and clear nose cone. Mine had the Porta-Pad, however. Lost it the first time my dad and I launched it.

Drew

Ltvscout
06-23-2009, 10:28 AM
That's the version of the Alpha III I got when I made my first order to Estes from an ad in a comic book! I thought I was going nuts because I distinctly remembered the clear fin can with clipped fins and clear nose cone. Mine had the Porta-Pad, however. Lost it the first time my dad and I launched it.
Those are the parts, sans the chrome coating, used for the original Citation Quasar.

Phred
06-23-2009, 12:17 PM
LTV Scout wrote: "Those are the parts, sans the chrome coating, used for the original Citation Quasar."

I noticed that as well... Agh!! That is one more variation to collect.

Phred

dtomko
06-23-2009, 11:03 PM
Yes, they showed up in the Quasar later. I thought I was the only one to get one of those pre-Quasar Alphas, but there must have been a run of them. Interesting. I had my set at least a year or two before the Citation line came out.

Drew

Jimid123
06-29-2009, 01:59 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


Here are a few more pics to enjoy

Estes KS-2 Starter Set From 1970. Box Includes Alpha III kit with Clear Parts, Three Model Rocket Engins, Recovery Wadding, Model Rocktry Book and Instructions on how to build your own Lanch Pad and Controller Plus an Estes Catalog

Estes Pre Demon with Hang Tag Astron Ranger Mint In Unopened Pack

Estes Astron Skydart Mint In Unopened Pack

Estes Very First Packaging of there Goblin Kit Mint In Unopened Pack. (This Was Given As A Free Kit before they issued this as a standard kit to Buy) ( Released in 1970 as a Free Kit. Was issued as a standerd Kit in 1972)


Hi, Here are a few more pics to enjoy, Jimi

Estes Astron Mark Pre Damon no hang tag, Mint Unopened. This kit came from Vern Estes personal Collection and now has joined my Collection of Vintage Kits. This Astron Mark went up on a Space Shuttle flight. The rolled up paper next to the kit is a letter printed on Vern Estes stationay by Vern Estes about this kit and sign by Vern Estes.

Estes Altiscope Pre Damon with Hag Tag Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon with Hag Tag Mercury Capsule

Estes LTV Scout Mint Unopened

Estes Sandhawk Mint Unoped

Leo
06-29-2009, 02:17 AM
...

Estes Astron Mark Pre Damon no hang tag, Mint Unopened. This kit came from Vern Estes personal Collection. This Astron Mark went up on a Space Shuttle flight. The rolled up paper next to the kit is a letter printed on Vern Estes stationay by Vern Estes about this kit and sign by Vern Estes.

...
Neado :)

Hopefully some day it ends up in a "Rocket" museum :)

Rocket Doctor
06-29-2009, 01:31 PM
Neado :)

Hopefully some day it ends up in a "Rocket" museum :)


Hopefully, there will be another Rocket Museum besides the one on the West Coast.

Either at the Smithsonian at Dulles or perhaps at the Space Camp in Huntsville. Unfortunately, both ideas take loads of money, and, in this horrible global economy, money is at a premium.

What we need is the backing of the rocket companies, and those in the space industry, NASA contractors.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

mycrofte
06-29-2009, 04:56 PM
The weird thing is, it's cool and sad at the same time that those kits still exist...

Jimid123
07-03-2009, 01:25 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


Hi, Here are a few more pics to enjoy, Jimi

Estes Astron Mark Pre Damon no hang tag, Mint Unopened. This kit came from Vern Estes personal Collection and now has joined my Collection of Vintage Kits. This Astron Mark went up on a Space Shuttle flight. The rolled up paper next to the kit is a letter printed on Vern Estes stationay by Vern Estes about this kit and sign by Vern Estes.

Estes Altiscope Pre Damon with Hag Tag Mint Unopened

Estes Pre-Damon with Hag Tag Mercury Capsule

Estes LTV Scout Mint Unopened

Estes Sandhawk Mint Unoped


Hi, Here are a few more pic to enjoy, Jimi

Centuri V2 Mint Unopened

Centuri Tomahawk Mint Unopened

Centuri MX-774 Mint Unopened

Centuri Black Widow Mint Unopened.

Centuri Lil Hercules Mint Unopened

Jimid123
07-03-2009, 01:32 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


Hi, Here are a few more pic to enjoy, Jimi

Centuri V2 Mint Unopened

Centuri Tomahawk Mint Unopened

Centuri MX-774 Mint Unopened

Centuri Black Widow Mint Unopened.

Centuri Lil Hercules Mint Unopened


Here are a few more, Jimi

Centuri Maraudar Mint Unopened

Centuri Nike Smoke Mint Unopened

Centuri Bandito Mint Unopened

Centuri IRIS Mint Unopened

Centuri Micro Probe Mint Unopened

Jimid123
07-03-2009, 01:40 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


Here are a few more, Jimi

Centuri Arcon-Hi Mint Unopened

Centuri Nike Smoke Mint Unopened

Centuri Bandito Mint Unopened

Centuri IRIS Mint Unopened

Centuri Micro Probe Mint Unopened

More to enjoy, Jimi

Centuri Arrow Mint Unopened

Centuri Mercury Redstone Mint Unopened

Centuri Payloader II Mint Unopened

Centuri SR-71 Blackbird Mint Unopened

Centuri Tauros Mint Unopened

Jimid123
07-03-2009, 01:45 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]

More to enjoy, Jimi

Centuri Arrow Mint Unopened

Centuri Mercury Redstone Mint Unopened

Centuri Payloader II Mint Unopened

Centuri SR-71 Blackbird Mint Unopened

Centuri Tauros Mint Unopened


A few more, Jimi

Centuri Jayhawk Mint Unopened

Centuri Excalibur 2 Mint Unopened

Centuri Starfire Mint Unopened

Centuri Grove Tube Mint Unopened

Jimid123
07-03-2009, 01:53 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


A few more, Jimi

Centuri Jayhawk Mint Unopened

Centuri Excalibur 2 Mint Unopened

Centuri Starfire Mint Unopened

Centuri Grove Tube Mint Unopened


And a few more, Jimi

Estes Astron Intercepter (Skill Level Packaging) Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Camroc Carrier (Skill Level Packaging) Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Cobra (Skill Level Packaging) (Note This Is The Very First Packaging of skill level kits. First year of packaging kits were all priced. Year released in this packaging 1973)

gerryfortin
07-03-2009, 03:24 AM
Jim...just bought (2) Falcon blue skill level kits in 1973 packaging; one priced at $1.25, then other at $1.50. Both kits look mint condition.

Appreciate your posts.

scigs30
07-03-2009, 09:17 AM
Hopefully, there will be another Rocket Museum besides the one on the West Coast.

Either at the Smithsonian at Dulles or perhaps at the Space Camp in Huntsville. Unfortunately, both ideas take loads of money, and, in this horrible global economy, money is at a premium.

What we need is the backing of the rocket companies, and those in the space industry, NASA contractors.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.
West Coast? Where

von Braun
07-03-2009, 11:31 AM
Great stuff,Jimi. You are making me SO jealous! Have a happy 4th,buddy.

-Steve

Quasar
07-03-2009, 05:23 PM
Estes Astron Cobra (Skill Level Packaging) (Note This Is The Very First Packaging of skill level kits. First year of packaging kits were all priced. Year released in this packaging 1973)

Are the fins for that Cobra die-cut? I bought & built one in '73, but can't remember if I had to cut out the fins or not. Thanks.

Jimid123
07-03-2009, 06:21 PM
Are the fins for that Cobra die-cut? I bought & built one in '73, but can't remember if I had to cut out the fins or not. Thanks.


Hi, Fins are not die-cut on the Cobra. Have a Great 4! Jimi

gerryfortin
07-22-2009, 12:36 AM
Hi JimiD....

I finally had a free evening in a CA hotel to check each of your images and update the Estes kit database accordingly. All I can say is WOW! You've posted some kits that Mojo1986 had not seen or included in his database (that he was kind enough to pass along).

The K35 Constellation with no hang tag was a surprise as was the K50 Interceptor with the RED double oval post Damon hangtag. These are really cool kits!!

I'm still not done checking all of the kits....maybe tomorrow night before I fly to Maine on Thursday.

Look for a major database update this weekend which captures the information from your images and the Mojo1986 database.

Jimid123
08-28-2009, 02:39 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


And a few more, Jimi

Estes Astron Intercepter (Skill Level Packaging) Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Camroc Carrier (Skill Level Packaging) Mint Unopened

Estes Astron Cobra (Skill Level Packaging) (Note This Is The Very First Packaging of skill level kits. First year of packaging kits were all priced. Year released in this packaging 1973)


Hi , Here are a few more pic of my vintage kits. Thanks, Jimi

Estes Thor Ages-B Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Thor Ages-B Mint Condition Unopened

The difference in these two Thor kits is that one is packed with the 1960s Checkerboard Parachute and the other with the 1970s Parachute

Estes Astron Firside Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Little Joe II Mint Condition Unopened

Astron Ranger Mint Condition Unopened

Jimid123
08-28-2009, 02:45 AM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


Hi , Here are a few more pic of my vintage kits. Thanks, Jimi

Estes Thor Ages-B Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Thor Ages-B Mint Condition Unopened

The difference in these two Thor kits is that one is packed with the 1960s Checkerboard Parachute and the other with the 1970s Parachute

Estes Astron Firside Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Little Joe II Mint Condition Unopened

Astron Ranger Mint Condition Unopened


A few more Centuri Kits

Centuri Mach 10 Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Nike Smoke Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Space Shuttle Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Swift Boost Glider Mint Condition Unopened

Enjoy, Jimi

Jimid123
08-28-2009, 04:39 PM
[QUOTE=Jimid123]


A few more Centuri Kits

Centuri Mach 10 Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Nike Smoke Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Space Shuttle Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Swift Boost Glider Mint Condition Unopened

Enjoy, Jimi


Estes KS-8 Starter Set From the Early 1970s

Still Mint Unused. All packages are still factory Sealed Unopend

Includes:

Astron Alpha Rocket
Porta-Pad
Launch Control System
3 Rocket Motors
Sample Pack Of Recovery Wadding
X-Acto Knife
Glue
Paint Brush
4 Bottles Of Testors Hot Fuel Proof Dope
Red
White
Sanding Sealer
Thinner
Sand Paper
The Alpha Book Of Model Rocketry
All This Cost just $8.75 in the 1970s Thanks for stopping by, Jimi

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 01:13 AM
Here are a few more Vintage kits from my collection. Gerry use any pics you like for your site.

Centuri USS America Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Sky-Lab Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Astron Alpha Pre-Damon Mint Condition Unopened

Thanks, Jimi

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 01:18 AM
A Few More

Estes Pre-Damon Star Blazer Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Starlight Pre-Damon Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Astron Camroc Mint Condition Unopened

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 01:26 AM
A Few More..

Estes Astron Cherokee D Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Nike-X Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Astron Constellation Mint Condition Unopened

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 01:43 AM
A Few More..

Estes Arcas Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Astron Drifter Mint Condition

Estes Wac Corporal Mint Condition Unopened

Estes Big Bertha Boxed Version Mint Condition Unopened

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 01:51 AM
A Few More...

Estes Black Brant III Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Centaur Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Arcon-Hi Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Flutter-By Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Arcon-Hi Mint Condition Unopened

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 03:39 AM
Some photos of my new rocket room I am working on. Jimi

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 03:41 AM
Some photos of my new rocket room I am working on. Jimi
A few more...Thanks, Jimi

Ltvscout
08-27-2010, 08:55 AM
Good to see you back, Jimi, along with the photos.

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 11:34 AM
A few more pic, Thanks Jimi

Estes Aerobee 300 Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri SST Shuttle Mint Condition Unopened

Centuri Nomad Mint Condition Unopened

jeffyjeep
08-27-2010, 12:01 PM
Fabulous stuff Jimi! A real treasure trove!

Jimid123
08-27-2010, 02:21 PM
Fabulous stuff Jimi! A real treasure trove!

Thank You Jeff, I have been collecting vintage kits, Catalogs, etc. for many years now since I started building and flying model rockets back in 1964. You Take Care, Jimi

Cohetero-negro
08-27-2010, 03:11 PM
Some photos of my new rocket room I am working on. Jimi


OMG, you have a ROCKET ROOM!!! OK, I have been humbled. I now want a ROCKET ROOM!

Very nice display. Someday when I have the time ... someday...

Jonathan