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One of the most sought after model rockets from the “golden era” of kit manufacture is getting a new version. The original Little Joe II version released by Centuri has long been the holy grail for many collectors.

Now Estes has created a new version with added detail that will sure to be a big seller. Set to release in late December, the new skill level 4 kit features molded plastic fins, vacuum formed plastic body wraps, detailed escape tower, plastic molded dummy nozzles, and a 25mm motor mount for D12 power.

The real Little Joe II was used during the Apollo program to test the escape rockets for the crew capsule.

Here are the photos released on http://www.estesrockets.com of the new kit:

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