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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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.
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Spotlight Review

 
"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.

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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

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Reviews

  
 
"About Baby Bertha"
Woody's Workshop (Reed City, Lower Michigan)
This is a good kit to take your next step from E2X series of Estes Rockets. Provides all the principles of starting from parts to finished rocket in a kit. Will get you started to hone you skills on balsa, spiral paper body tubes and plastic nose cones. Making and mounting engine mounts, priming and finishing skills. The decal is now a self adhesive which I prefer water slide decals. Once the rocket is finished it fly's great with slow lift offs and gently recover on any size 18mm mother. So it's easy to launch from any size field they you may choose. And if something goes wrong during the process, parts are easy to obtain to correct the problem. Or if you decide to scrap it, or it lawn darts for some reason, you're not out much. This has maintained presence in my show collection as well as my flying collection for decades. It's always a crowd pleaser, especially when followed by the Big Bertha. Highly Recommend this kit for the young and those getting started out.

 
"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 ;)

 
"Great First Level 1 Kid for Younger Kids"
anthony_weaver
After completing some Estes Easy to Assemble (E2X) series kits my 6-year-old daughter was ready to try a big kid kit. We selected this one because of it's simplicity and small size for small hands while having maximum potential for decorating. For Dad this first rocket project to teach sanding, gluing and finishing. This kit goes together in a snap with and was easy to help coach her along on her first Skill Lv 1 kit. Of course, the hardest part was getting assembling the fins to the airframe aligned properly but with use of a fin alignment guide they came out pretty straight. Overall a rewarding first build for her, and minimal frustration for dad. We cannot wait for next calm Sunday for a launch.

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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