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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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"One Rocket you MUST have!"
jayjuice7 (Arlington, TX)
I love watching this rocket fly! Every time I launch it I find myself saying, Wow! The chunky design is easy to watch all the way through the flight. The through the body fin construction makes for one super tough rocket. The design is extremely stable for a flight smooth and straight. The huge diameter body tube is easy to load up for flight. Be sure to put a lot of wading to protect the chute. This will be one rocket I'll be launching every time I fly.

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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
  • Igniters and Igniter Plugs (included with all Estes engines)
  • Adult Supervision
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"This is the Best Rocket Estes has ever made and with a little modification it's the Best Rocket I own"
drmower (Germantown, TN)
I purchased this rocket a few years ago knowing that it was a little too stubby for my taste. So, I ordered a 3 inch tube-coupler and a 3 inch body tube from HobbyLinc at the time I ordered the kit. I through-away the Estes plastic parachute, rubber shock-cord and launch lug tube. I modified the kit as follows: 1) extended the body tube to 18 inches long, 2) epoxied a heavy nylon cord inside the body tube to attach the 3) upgraded 3/8 inch nylon braided shock cord (purchase at fabric store), 4) upgraded the launch lug to a 1/4 X 2 inch (so I can launch it using the larger launch-rail I use with my larger rockets) 5) installed a 9 inch square Nomex parachute protector (purchased from uncle_mikes_rocket_shack on ebay)(this saves big $ of Estes wadding) 6) installed a 28 inch Nylon parachute (purchased from HobbyLinc). This makes a great flying and looking rocket (which I still named Stubby). But to go even further I added my own designed locator system; which has 3 LED-strobe lights in the nose cone and an electronic buzzer the goes off in 2.5 minutes after the system is turned on. This makes it easy to find, but is really cool to launch just after the sun sets. With this mod I renamed the rocket to Strobee. It fly's great with a AreoTech E20-4W single use motor or the E18-4W RMS. But to go one step further, I mounted a small Syma quadcopter video camera to the side. The video is awesome! You can check it out on my Blog site at rockets.r-systems.us/rocketblog. FYI, I ordered another Big Daddy kit and have started its redesign (more strobe lights and longer body tube).

"Tough bird"
wallyum (Ft. Thomas, KY)
I'm on my second Big Daddy, not because my first one died, but because I wanted to make a Der Grosse Vati out of the Excelsior kit. My first one was the original D powered BD. A D was definitely too much for the field I normally fly on, but that didn't stop me from flying the BD there several times. After the last flight where it wound up on a neighboring roof, I decided I needed to find a bigger field. (The homeowner let me use his ladder to get it down, so I cleaned his gutters while I was up there.) Next flight was at a club launch at field not much bigger than my field, but it was a straight up, straight down flight. Literally. The Daddy came in ballistic out near where the cars were parked, almost skewering a Mazda. (The owner thought it would have been cool.) The Daddy suffered greatly from the impact with the nose cone base shattered and the body tube compressed, but it could still fly today if I wanted to bring it out of retirement. The new E-powered Daddy is a nice upgrade if you have a field big enough to hold it. This kit is Estes done right.

"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.


  • 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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