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Aim for the sky and try not to miss!
Saturn 1B
Model Rocket!
  Scale model
Skill Level 3 - AdvancedSkill Level 4 - ExpertSkill Level 5 - Master
Scale model
Model Number: SC002
Saturn 1B model rocket
Length: 9.316" white_25x10.gif (830 bytes)
Diameter: 0.976
Fin Span: 1.732"
Weight: 1.01 oz.
Parachute Recovery  
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Recommended Engines:
 1/2A3-4T motor A3-4T motor A10-3T motor  

Retail: $ 27.95

Out of stock
The Saturn 1B, NASA's test vehicle for the Apollo moon program, was originally designed in the early 60's and put to work testing out all of the major components of the Apollo lunar landing program.  Testing the Command and Service module, the Lunar module as well as docking procedures and more, the Saturn 1B is our countries most successful test vehicle, paving our way to the moon!

Originally designed in the 1980's, this incredibly detailed Peanut Scale Saturn 1B marks FlisKits most serious scale offering to date!

Standing only 9.316" tall, this incredible model offers greater detail and scale accuracy than most larger versions of this most famous of NASA's workhorse vehicles.

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This kit also features a FlisKits FIRST!  The instructions are formatted such that the builder can choose whether to build it as a Skill Level 3 (advanced), SL4 (expert) or SL5 (master), depending on your level of skill and how much effort you want to put into your build.  Built at a Skill Level 5 level, this design is a proven winner!  Jay Marsh took this design to First Place at the national meet ( NARAM) back in the early 1990's and the design elements hold up as well today as they did then.

Review the features and photo's of this kit and get ready for the build of your life!

Features of this kit include:

  • 3 different skill levels.  Instructions allow you to assemble kit in the following skill levels, depending on your skills and how much time you wish to spend: 3, 4, 5.
  • Parachute recovery
  • Silk screened, water slide decals
  • Decals for 4 different rounds provided
  • Instructions provided for 3 different levels of the Launch Escape Tower (easy involves a printed wrap that looks like a tower, complex involves assembling a tower from 44 fabricated parts)
  • Instructions provide for 2 different types of stabilization (removable fin unit or adding nose weight (Not provided) to make the scale fins work) - IMPORTANT: See note below)
  • Launch lugs provided, but kit is suitable for use with a Pop Lug or Piston Launcher (not provided)
  • Custom tubes for scale accuracy
  • Staggering amount of detail information provided to satisfy the most discriminating scale modeler!


A couple of important notes about this kit offering:
  • This kit includes components to assemble a removable Fin Unit for stability.  It is possible to make this model stable with the scale fins with the addition of Nose Weight (NOT included).
  • IMPORTANT: The instructions for this kit imply the inclusion of Nose Weight.  A last minute decision was made to remove the nose weight from this kit requiring the builder to supply their own ballast material.  You will need about 19 grams of weight.  We have found that small lead beads (shot) work well.
  • This kit includes a launch lug for standard pad use.  This kit is also suitable for use with a Pop Lug (NOT provided) or a Piston Launcher (NOT provided)
  • This kit provides 3 different methods of building a Launch Escape Tower.
    1. Easy (Skill Level 3): A printed paper wrap with the tower drawn on it is cut out, folded and attached to the nose cone.
    2. Hard (Skill Level 4): Plastic rods are provided to be cut and glued into a replica of the tower (total of 45 parts)
    3. Master (Shill Level 5): Instead of plastic rods, you can use two different gauges of nickel plated wire (NOT provided) and solder up a tower under a magnifier.
Enjoy the photo album below.  Clicking on a thumbnail image will bring up a full size image in this frame.  Hit your browser BACK button to return to this page.
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p5310804sm.jpg (181468 bytes) white_25x10.gif (830 bytes) One of the original sheets from Jay March's NARAM entry.  On this sheet you get some of the history of the Saturn 1B and the specific round that Jay modeled.  Additionally, in the lower right of the sheet, Jay attached some of the unfinished detail parts to highlight the work that went into detailing this build.
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p5310807.JPG (66519 bytes) This is a close up of the detail pieces on the above sheet
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dcs03073.JPG (28060 bytes) This shows one of the later proto types on the pad for a test flight using the scale fins.  19 grams of nose weight was added to the nose cone resulting in a fairly high center of gravity (CG) allowing the fins to do their job.  This will result in a much lower flight than using the removable stability fin unit, but looks much better on the pad and in flight and can help you earn more points during competition. 

Note that this proto is using the easy (paper wrap) version of the launch escape tower

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dcs03076.JPG (55415 bytes) We have proven good flights with all recommended motors.  You want to take extra care when preping the recovery device as this model is quite heavy when balanced with the nose weight.  A failure to get full deployment of your parachute will likely result in damage to the model.
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dcs02809lg.jpg (93838 bytes) This is an overall photo of Jay Marsh's build that he sent to me shortly after his win at NARAM.  For those of you wondering where the Production #4 version of our kit is, it is in Jay's hands as a thank you for the help he provided in getting the scale details of this kit nailed down.

The level of detail and craftsmanship in this build is nothing short of staggering.

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dcs02815.JPG (54598 bytes) This close up of the mid-section (SIV-B stage) highlights much of the detail Jay put on this model.  In this photo you can also see his team number T-121.  The lettering was done with dry transfer letters.
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dcs02034.JPG (88381 bytes) One of the things I like about this photo is that it shows actual motor nozzles in the Ullage motors.  This was done by using a paper wrap to go around a short length of wire insulation (with the wire removed).  Brilliant!  But this gives you an idea of just how much detail you can add to even a small scale model such as this.
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dcs02813.JPG (53550 bytes) Now for the fun part.  The CSM and Launch Escape Tower.  As Kathy has often commented, "You are going to tick off a LOT of customers with that tower..."  Look closely at the details on the tower, the reaction control thrusters on the SM and even the various fairings on the capsule itself.  Incredible.
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dcs02813crop.jpg (91884 bytes) Getting a little bit closer to show the detail.  The tower part of the Launch Escape Tower was fabricated using two different gauges of nickel plated wire, soldered together into the tower.  The Reaction Control Thrusters were made by cutting out different layers of paper, in the proper shape, and glued up in layers.  This is the method that we provide in this kit.  (NOTE: We also provide decals for this detail, for an easier assembly)
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dcs02817.JPG (83469 bytes) This photo shows you the decal sheet that is provided with this kit.  If you look at the "UNITED STATES" decals, you will note that there are 8 of them when only 4 are needed on any particular build.  Upon closer inspection, you will see that the 4 on the left have a white rectangular background.  These 4 would be used for rounds that have black fuel tubes while the other 4 (clear background) are for rounds with white fuel tubes.
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p1010026.JPG (41352 bytes) This photo is from one of the proto type builds while working on the details for instruction figures.  This photo shows the scallop shroud being slide over the cluster of fuel tubes arranged around the central motor tube.
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figure12.gif (56936 bytes) This is the figure that resulted from that photograph.  This will give you an idea of the level of detail and quality of the documentation provided with this kit.
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figure38.gif (54733 bytes) A sample of another figure from the instructions.  This shows the completed tower section of the Launch Escape Tower assembly.  NOTE: This entire tower sub-assembly is only .4" (4/10ths of an inch) tall...

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