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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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"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.

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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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"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.

 
"An Avid Model To Upscale and Up Power"
champfluff
I have built both the Big Bertha and Super Big Bertha and they are both excellent rockets to build and fly, but when I saw the Baby Bertha my mind said, It's time for more power and size. So I purchased the Baby Bertha, along with some BT-80 tubes and the blunt BT-80 nose cone, for upscaling to a Super Baby Bertha. I never have been satisfied by the limited thrust of 18mm motors, so I bought a Pro Series 24mm engine retainer, for the Baby Bertha and 29mm engine retainer for the Super Baby Bertha, along with some BT-50 and 29mm motor tubes and appropriate centering rings. I redrew the fin pattern for through wall mounting. The Baby Bertha should be a very impressive launch with at least 5 times as much power, from C motors to F motors . The Super Baby Bertha will fly on G motors and another Pro Series for Estes, or like me, scratch build it yourself .

 
"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.

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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