Saturn Press Kits
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Kit designs by Rockets of the World author Peter Alway
Apollo Saturn V
  • 1/195 scale of the Apollo-Saturn V rocket in configuration of Apollo's 15, 16, and 17
  • Flies on Estes B4-4, B6-4, C6-5 engines (even A8-3's if you build light)
  •  22" tall
  •  2.042" in diameter
  •  Advanced construction including laser-cut body tubes fins, and detail parts.
  •  Four-color decals give authentic look
  •  Laser-cut interstage roll pattern eliminates trickiest masking problem
  •  Display nozzles remain in place for correct profile in flight
  •  18" Parachute recovery
  •  Includes drawing and photos suitable for entering model in NAR Sport Scale contest
  •  Kit designed by Rockets of the World author Peter Alway
This kit was designed to take advantage of Balsa Machining Service's laser-cutting and wood-turning technology to create a
moderately sized Saturn V that the modeler can fly without a great deal of stress and expense.

The sturdy escape tower uses two laser-cut pieces crossed for the basic structure with laser-cut cardstock pieces on four sides
to give an intricate look with minimum modeler effort.  Other laser-cut details fit into slots or onto marks burned into the
three main body tubes.  The fin fairings are made of laser-cut plywood skeletons with cardstock shrouds over them.  The
nozzles include wood turnings with cardstock nozzle extensions, making this the only flying Saturn V kit with scale nozzles
that fly with the rocket.

First and foremost, this is a flying rocket kit.  So we made a couple of compromises on details.  First, the fins are a bit
oversized.  About as much as Estes oversized their fins.  This makes it possible for this model to be stable with just about
19grams of nose weight (included).  I you build heavy, you may need more weight--that's covered in the instructions.  We
also noticed that the corrugations on the Saturn VI interstage and intertank sections aren't really visible in launch photos.  
What you see are the lines between sections.  So that's what this model gives you--tape strips that give that look.  On the
bright side, it means you don't have to fight with corrugated wraps to get a good-looking Saturn V.
This rocket flies very well on 18 mm black powder motors.  It rips off the pad on a C6-5, and gives stately, satisfying boosts
on a B4-4.  If you'd like to enter this kit in a NAR contest, the kit includes scale drawings and photographs that are perfect
for Sport Scale documentation.

Astrobee 1500
•  1/19 scale model of the Astrobee 1500 research rocket
•  Flies on Estes B6-4, C6-5, C11-5, and D12-7 engines (smaller engines require an adapter
that can be made from an expended D engine)
•  21 3/4" tall
•  1.637" in diameter
•  Advanced construction including over 40 laser-cut parts, built-up, through-the-wall-to-
engine-mount fins, scale booster brackets with tab-and-slot assembly
•  Parachute recovery
•  Kit designed by Rockets of the World author Peter Alway
Aerojet General was famous for building the Aerobee sounding (research) rockets starting in the
1940’s. This spin-off of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory turned to solid-fueled rockets in the 1950’
s.  It called these its Astrobee sounding rockets.The largest of the Astrobees was the Astrobee
1500, a two-stage rocket designed to carry 75 lb to 1500 miles.  The first stage was Aerojet’s
version of the Sergeant motor, called the Aerojet Junior.  Two small Recruit motors gave the
vehicle an extra kick at launch.  These boosters remained attached to the first stage after burnout.
The long, clamshell nose of the Astrobee 1500 concealed a spin-stabilized upper stage.  Two metal
bands, Marmon clamps, held the nose together during boost.The US Air Force launched the first
Astrobee 1500’s from the Pacific Missile Range in 1961.  The first flight failed, but the second, on
December 8, launched explosive flares that allowed trackers to survey a more accurate distance
from California to Hawaii.NASA flew its first Astrobee 1500 from Wallops Island, Virginia, on
April 8, 1963.  This rocket broke up at an altitude of 47 miles.  The second NASA Astrobee 1500,
flight 16.02 GT, fared better, reaching 1182 miles above the Atlantic Ocean on October 21, 1964.
This kit’s painting instructions represent that flight.  NASA flew four more Astrobee 1500’s
through 1969.  The last flight successfully tested a receiver for the Explorer 38 radio astronomy
•  1/4.6 scale model of the famous Arcas research rocket in operational color scheme
•  Flies on Estes 1/2A3-2T, A3-4T,  or A10-3T engines
•  19 3/4" tall
•  0.976" in diameter
•  Parachute recovery
•  Weighs less than 2 oz.
•  Simple construction—Easy painting
•  Includes drawing suitable for entering model in NAR Sport Scale contest
•  Kit designed by Rockets of the World author Peter Alway
The Arcas was a small meteorological sounding rocket designed to take regular measurements of wind, air pressure, and
temperature at altutudes of up to 30 miles (48 km). Weighing 75.6 lb (34.4 kg), the Arcas was just 4 1/2 inches (11.4 cm) in
diameter and 7 1/2 feet (2.3 m) long. The first Arcas flew in late 1958 or early 1959. Arcases took regular meteorological
soundings (measurements) through the 1960's.  Eventually, the Loki Dart and Super Loki Dart took over that job, but NASA
and other agencies still have some Arcas rockets in stock for research.
• 1/17 scale model of the Swiss-German Zenit sounding rocket
• Flies on Estes 1/2A3-2T, A3-2T, A3-4T or A10-3T engines
• 11 5/8" tall
• 0.976" in diameter
• Parachute recovery
• Laser cut fins and body tube
• Through-the wall to engine-mount fins
• Includes drawing suitable for entering model in NAR Sport Scale or
Peanut Scale contest
• Kit designed by Rockets of the World author Peter Alway
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