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4-Stage Thor Rocket & Lunar Probe
JPTRR
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Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2014 - 01:09 AM UTC
In 1958 Aurora released a Thor rocket with the Pioneer probe. It came with a launching pad and tower. In 2014 we decide if it is still as cool as it was then.

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Joel_W
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Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 - 06:59 PM UTC
Fred,
Wow!! This very old Aurora kit came out when I 1st started building plastic kits. I was 11 years old in 1958, so the local toy store must have had it, I just can't remember it. $2,49 was a fortune for a kid who got a big 25 cents allowance.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Joel
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Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 07:16 AM UTC
Yes, $2.49 WAS a fortune to a kid who got a big 25 cents allowance. I am the same vintage as Joel but never saw one of these back in the day.
Merlin
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Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 01:58 AM UTC
Nice one Fred!

Pocket money wasn't an issue for me on this one, because I don't think I ever even saw the likes of this at all over here in Blighty!

I got 1s 6d pocket money (about 7.5p in today's money) and, later, a whole 2 shillings (10p) each week in the mid '60s - which meant I could just about buy a Series 1 Airfix or the cheapest Revell or Frog kit every weekend. Aurora models never made it to my local model shops (yes - we had several nearby - those were the days!...) until years later.

I remember my friend's Dad worked for Interpol and came back once from a trip to the States with a multi-set of Monogram rockets, and we were all in awe!

All the best

Rowan