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Semroc - Saturn 1B (Kit)

Diameter:3.9380 inches
Length:37.0000 inches
Skill Level:4
Style:Clone, Scale

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Contributed by Chan Stevens

Semroc Saturn 1B

After teasing the rocketry community for nearly a year, Semroc finally released the reproduction 1/70th scale Saturn 1B just in time for Christmas. Faithfully reproduced based upon the 1967 Estes design (K-29), this kit is a very challenging but rewarding build. This is not for the faint hearted, nor for the rocketeer looking for a weekend project. Standard design calls for the original 4x18mm cluster although you can wimp out and use a 24mm single motor option as well.Don't expect it to be an exact match of the original though--the K-39 listed for $9.95 and currently fetches well above $100 on the open market today. The Semroc offering is available for a relatively modest $55.

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