The Sky Hook was introduced in 1963 in the August issue of Model Rocket News. The plans were included, but a complete kit was offered in the new products section. The Sky Hook was a durable sport rocket, using the BT-30 that had thicker walls than the later BT-20. It was Bill Simon’s first production design as the new Vice President of Estes Indus-tries. The Sky Hook was Estes #K-8 and the original kit sold for $1.35.The Retro-Repro™Sky Hook™is updated by using laser-cut fins. The original balsa nose cone dimensions and a very close approximation of the body tube sizes are used. The original rubber shock cord is replaced with an elastic cord for longer life. The original method of slitting the body tube to anchor the shock cord has been replaced by a Kevlar® cord for greater reliability. The original balsa engine block is replaced with a paper thrust ring.
- Length: 11.70″
- Diameter: 0.76″
- Recovery: Parachute
- Fin Span: 3.30″
- Recommended Motors:
- A8-5, B6-6, C6-7
- 12/29/2003 – Purchased Semroc Sky Hook from Semroc for $5.50 (Retail $5.50)
- 02/22/2014 – Model was used as a prize at BluesRocks 10th anniversary celebration.