Thor-Able II (Tiros 1) 

By Eric Truax and Niels Jahn Knudsen

Scale 1:96 Published: August 23, 2006

Right click to download:

Modelsheet (312 KB)
Instruction for version 2 (402 KB) 
Instruction for version 1
(1,35 MB)
Rocket stand (262 KB)
Small model of satellite and last stage  (106 KB)


Scale paper model of Thor able rocket - Tiros launcher Top of thor able rocket
4 models of thor able missiles and launchers


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.

More Thor missile models from Eric Truax on

US Airforce Thor missile

Royal Airforce Thor missile

XSM-75 THOR Missile prototype

Sources on Thor-Able:
The Rocket - The History and Development of Rocket and Missile Technology  by David Baker.

Rockets of the world by Peter Alway,