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Big Daddy 'E' Model Rocket Kit

This is a Big Daddy Flying Model Rocket from Estes. It's a skill level 2 item recommended for ages 10 and up.

Estes Big Daddy E Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 2 #2162
 Estes Rockets # est2162
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Estes Rockets Item # est2162
Specifications :
  • Length: 19" (48.3cm)
  • Diameter: 3" (7.6cm)
  • Weight: 5.3 oz. (15 grams)
  • Recovery: 24" (60cm) (Parachute)
  • Estes Product Number: 2162
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"Coolest Flying Fireplug Ever!"
rbeard2 (Dayton, OH)
I have built several of these kits and they are awesome! The kit goes together more like a mid-power kit than a low-power model rocket. The fins are slotted through the body tube wall and attach to the engine tube for extra strength. The giant 3 inch nose cone is very thick and over-all the design is very strong. I do recommend the Estes E12 over the E9 (the E9 REALLY CHUGS off the launch pad and if your lunch rod is not exactly vertical you risk a lawn dart!) and always use the shortest delays possible! I modified mine with new laminated balsa fins to look like a fatter version of the old Estes Goblin - Flies well and looks good!

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  • E engine powered.
  • Through the tube fin construction.
  • Flights to 900 feet (274m).
  • Parts for rocket include
  • -White 3 x 10 body tube
  • -White nose cone
  • -Launch lug
  • -Engine block ring
  • -Parachute
  • -Shock cord
  • -Engine mount tube
  • -Yellow engine spacer tube
  • Also included are a die cut centering ring card, two die cut balsa fin sheets, and a decal sheet.
  • Clear instructions and a one year warranty.


  • Length: 19" (48.3cm)
  • Diameter: 3" (7.6cm)
  • Weight: 5.3 oz. (15 grams)
  • Recovery: 24" (60cm) (Parachute)
  • Estes Product Number: 2162


One Big Daddy Flying Model Rocket

Requirements & Suggestions

  • How To Build a Model Rocket
  • Hobby Knife (tes50627c)
  • White Glue
  • Masking Tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Automotive Primer
  • Sandpaper (tes8802)
  • Gloss Black Spray Paint
  • Launch Pad (Estes Porta-Pad II)
  • 3/16" (5mm) Diameter Maxi Launch Rod
  • Launch Controller (Estes Electron Beam)
  • Model Rocket Engine:
  • Recovery Wadding (EST302274)
  • Igniters and Igniter Plugs (included with all Estes engines)
  • Adult Supervision
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"Love the Look of this Rocket"
Its a basic kit. Great looking kit and of the 5-6 launches I have done we didn't break anything (durable) I only fired on D12 size motors. I found the D12-5 to be too long and the D12-3 to be just about right. I did add a nomex chute protector and a nylon (18 chute). out of 5 launches I never got the recovery to work right. There is very little room in the body after engine mount and nose cone. (not much wadding - dog barf style). I still burned a hole in the nomex protector and couldn't keep the nose all the way on (1/8' gap, which wasn't a problem - but speaks to the tight fit) Chute/nomex got stuck in the body tube. so I wrapped it tighter to make it fit chute didn't open in time before hitting ground (d12-5) again didn't open (D12-3) and again didn't open in time (d21-4t). Lots of folks love this rocket. I suspect it will be a great rocket if I can figure out the right combo. I am ditching the nylon chute and going back to the plastic chute. I am not sure the light rocket has enough pull to open the nylon chute? also I might need more height. I think this will work well on a D12-3, as the stock chute is lighter and a smaller pack. Otherwise I think this rocket likely needs a E size or bigger to bring out its full potential. I am determined to get it to work. despite all the recovery issues it was a real crowd pleaser. Overall I would still recommend it, particularly if you like the looks of the rocket (I do)

"Big Daddy 'E', really is that all?"
With a 3 body tube, only a 24mm E motor, Estes? I have seen Big Daddy on D and E motors and the D motor is under powered for such a large body tube. I will be stretching Big Daddy another 2x3 body tubes, up powering to a 54mm and adding a full length tube coupler, motor tube ejection baffle, no more wadding, but will use a Nomex parachute protector and shock cord protector, nylon shock cord and optional E-Bay and dual deployment for Cert. 1 and 2. What's neat about the 54mm motor tube? All smaller motors will adapt, like 38, 29 and 24 or clustering together 2x24mm motors, or 4x18mm motors. This will be my Summer 2019 project.

"A Sure Bet"
Haven't flown yet but it was an excellent fun build. A friend sent me an additional set of decals for free so I had enough to do all four fins. The kit only includes enough to cover two fins, and it looks kinda incomplete with just those. Due to the diameter of the body tube it is definitely gonna require a lot of wadding. Someone mentioned using a nomex sheet instead of wadding and I think that's a great idea. Other than that it's gonna require a lot of wadding to prevent chute melt. Through the wall fins add strength and allow easy alignment. I've also read to definitely not launch with anything less than a D12-3, which I'm starting with, or you'll end up with a hard landing or a lawn dart. I used a blue scheme with the yellow decals covered with clearcoat. She's beautiful and I will post pics as soon as I get my desktop hooked up and get them off of the hard drive as that's where they're at. Looking forward to the slow, majestic launch.


  • Keep out of reach of small children.
  • Use only Estes products to launch this rocket.
  • See tips for flying rocket within instructions.

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