Thor-Able II (Tiros 1) 

By Eric Truax and Niels Jahn Knudsen

Scale 1:96 Published: August 23, 2006

Remember to right click to download:
Modelsheet (312 KB)
Instruction for version 2 (402 KB) 
Instruction for version 1
(1,35 MB)
Rocket stand (262 KB) (Same used for the missiles)
Small model of satellite and last stage  (106 KB)


In 1960 the Thor- Able was adapted for launching satellites like the TIROS weather satellite (TIROS paper model here). 

IROS I  was the first successful weather satellite. It was launched on April 1, 1960 from Cape Canaveral. The satellite was the first real weather satellite and was equipped with infra-red television cameras.

This model is based on Eric Truax's model of the Thor Missile. 

 You can download it at and visit Dave's site

Sources on Thor-Able:

Space Launch Vehicles - all of the world

Modellers' Guide To Thor-Able Star and Delta


Books and articles:
The Rocket - The History and Development of Rocket and Missile Technology  by David Baker.

Rockets of the world by Peter Alway,