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Baby Bertha Model Rocket Kit

The Baby Bertha is a miniature version of one of the most popular kits of all time, the Big Bertha. The Baby Bertha soars to 575 feet. It has die cut balsa fins and can be launched on A, B and C Estes model rocket engines.

Estes Baby Bertha Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 1 #1261
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Specifications :
  • Length: 12.75 in. (32.4 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.64 in. (41.7 mm)
  • Weight: 2.1 oz. (58.2 g)
  • Recovery: 12 in. (30 cm) Parachute
  • Fins: Die cut balsa fins
  • Maximum Altitude: 575 ft. (175 m)
  • Recommended Engines: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5
  • Estes Product Number: 1261
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"Fleet Favorite!"
rbeard2 (Dayton, OH)
I have built more of these than I can remember. It is a basic, old-school style, balsa 4FNC bird that retains some of the cooler traits of it's larger sister (The Big Bertha). The overlarge, swept fins, short stature and blunt nosecone combine to provide enough drag for slow, realistic looking take-offs that are easier to photograph. Altitudes approaching '1000 or higher are possible on C motors but the Baby Bertha flies just as well on Bs and As. One of my personal favorites, I currently have one built and one waiting to be built. Converts successfully to 24mm motors with a little extra nose weight.

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Features

  • Die cut balsa fins.
  • Assembled 12" parachute recovery with shock cord.
  • Natural color body tube allows you to create a custom paint scheme.
  • Molded, one-piece plastic nose cone.
  • Can be launched on A-class, B-class and C-class rocket engines.
  • Estes' full 1 year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launch instructions.

Specs

  • Length: 12.75 in. (32.4 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.64 in. (41.7 mm)
  • Weight: 2.1 oz. (58.2 g)
  • Recovery: 12 in. (30 cm) Parachute
  • Fins: Die cut balsa fins
  • Maximum Altitude: 575 ft. (175 m)
  • Recommended Engines: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5
  • Estes Product Number: 1261

Includes

  • One model rocket kit
  • Decals
  • Detailed Instructions

Requirements & Suggestions

For How To Launch a Model Rocket

  • Model Rocket Engine: A8-3 (first flight), B4-4, B6-4, C6-5
  • Igniters (est2302) (usually included with the engines)
  • Recovery Wadding (est302274) (qus7021)
  • Launch Pad (est302215)
  • Launch Controller (est302220)

For How To Build a Model Rocket

  • Model Rocket Glue (tes3501) or Cement (hlc107)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper (tes8802)
  • How to Paint a Model Rocket
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"Another kit I've bought by the handful"
wallyum (Ft. Thomas, KY)
Like a lot of old rocket guys, I went through a Goony phase at one point, and for a while it was unusual for me to come home from a shopping expedition without at least one Baby Bertha. I still have the plans and decals for an Excelsior GoonyDent, which I believe takes three kits to complete, so there's a fair chance that I'll eventually return to my bad old ways and buy more. Great small field flyer all to itself, as well. A8-3 or B6-4 depending on proximity to the trees and personal bravery.

 
"Easy build, impressive results"
Nakota1294
Balsa fin rocket with unique proportions that look impressive on the shelf or on the launch-pad. Easy build that would make a good introduction to model rocketry or taking the step from ready to fly or almost ready to fly. Rocket is well balanced and flies straight however the recommended motors do not deploy the chute at apogee or near apogee which makes for some pretty tense recoveries with the chute deploying at about 50-75 feet and filling just in time to catch the rocket before it touches down. Makes for a short walk to recover the rocket, so I guess it's a plus ;)

 
"Baby Bertha better than Big Bertha"
danomite45
I built a Big Bertha many years ago, and recently discovered the Baby Bertha. When I opened the Baby Bertha kit I was a little let down. The balsa sheet looked like it was joined from two different pieces of balsa, half the sheet was a light color, the other half was darker, with a ridge in the middle. A little sanding took care of it just fine, and the fins appeared stronger at the joint. Also, I really prefer waterslide decals as opposed to peel and stick. In the end, it didn't matter much because I didn't use the decals anyhow. I do believe I like the Baby Bertha better than her big sister.

Information

The Baby Bertha is a half sized version of one of Estes' most popular rockets, the Big Bertha. We took the great looks of the original design and shrunk it down to just under 13 inches (32 cm) making it an ideal Rocket Skill Level 1 building experience. The result of this engineering effort is a sky grabbing, high performance mini version of its bigger cousin, but in a smaller and easier to build model rocket.

The Estes Baby Bertha is a Skill Level 1 kit, which requires assembly and can be built and finished in just a few hours. You can paint this high flying rocket like the package or create your own Go Wild design! The kit features the distinctive looking laser cut balsa fins, a blow molded nose cone and easy to apply self-stick decals. When powered with standard C-class rocket engines, it can streak to over 575 feet (175 m) and is easily recovered with the aid of a colorful 12 inch (30 cm) preassembled [parachute. Complete your set of Bertha's with the addition of this mini missile today!

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