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Big Daddy 'E' Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 2
Product Number: EST2162
Manufacturer: Estes Rockets
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This is a Big Daddy Flying Model Rocket from Estes. It's a skill level 2 item recommended for ages 10 and up.

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

One Big Daddy Flying Model Rocket

Required
  • Assembly
  • 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)
  • Estes Engines (Recommended): D12-3 or D12-5
  • Recovery Wadding (EST 302274)
  • Igniters and Igniter Plugs (included with all Estes engines)
  • Adult Supervision
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Manufacturer Comments
  • Keep out of reach of small children.
  • Use only Estes products to launch this rocket.
  • See tips for flying rocket within instructions.
Most Helpful Reviews
Short rocket with attitude
By cofrbooboo October 13, 2012
The Big Daddy kit is a great introduction into the world of more powerful rockets. The 24mm motor mount allows the use of everything from Estes C, D and E black powder motors to 24mm reloadable motors of E, F and G motors. One thing Estes did to allow for this extra power is use through the wall (TTW) fin construction. With the root of the fins glued to the motor tube you get a very strong rocket capable of withstanding higher power motors. I did deviate from the instructions in a couple of areas. First, instead of the kit shock cord I used a length of Kevlar cord and 1/4 flat elastic. The Kevlar was tied around the motor mount below the forward centering ring and run through a small notch on the outer edge. I cut the Kevlar so that it ended just inside the body tube when tied to 6' of elastic. This technique is common in mid- and high-power rocket construction. Secondly, I didn't glue the aft centering ring to the motor mount until after the fins were glued in. It was on the motor mount tube while installing the fins, just not glued down. This allowed me to remove it after the fins dried so that internal fillets could be put on the fin-to-motor mount joint and where the fins meet the body tube on the inside. Doing this greatly strengthens the rocket at the point where it takes the most stress. Once the fillets were in I glued the rear centering ring in place. Paint is black and red rattle can with decals from an aftermarket supplier. One caution is to be very careful how much paint you apply. Due to the short length of this rocket it is easy to shift the center of gravity rearward with too much paint or glue. Doing so can cause stability issues if you aren't careful. If you do end up cutting it a bit close weight can always be added to the nose to move the CG forward again. I recommend staying with the higher end of the recommended motors for this rocket. You need a motor that will get it off the rod with sufficient speed for stability, and also the bigger motors are just more fun! Estes E impulse motors and Aerotech reloadables rule for this bird!
Was this review helpful to you? 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Must Build
By cryptical07 November 26, 2012
This is one of my favorite Estes Kits. The Big Daddy is a fun build and even more fun to fly. I have 37 launches on my Big Daddy with no plans for retirement.
Was this review helpful to you? 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Versatile midpower rocket!
By slogfilet October 11, 2012
Everyone should have a Big Daddy in their fleet. Probably more than one... build one stock, according to the directions and supplied parts, then build something a little more special. The wide diameter makes it easy to work with internal components, and I think a 29mm mount is just about perfect. It's stable, customizable, and looks great on the pad. Tip: You can get the red/gray fade on the paint job by just using spray cans and a little practice. I'm sure an airbrush would be better, but I gt great results using Krylon.
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Who's your daddy?
By kiteflier11 October 19, 2012
Everyone needs a Big Daddy. Fun build. Flies great. I'm on my second and thinking about my third... I would highly recommend substituting the stock shock cord for a Kevlar leader with an elastic shock cord. One of the other reviewers also recommended on installing the rear centering ring after gluing the fins and added fillets to the motor housing, which is a good idea. The instructions also do not add much for gluing in the rear centering ring to the BT. I'd recommend adding a nice fillet there as well.
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Coolest Flying Fireplug Ever!
By rbeard2 March 18, 2013
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 REALLLYYY 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!
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Great rocket but be careful of flying with E9 if you have any wind
By ChrisM October 11, 2012
This is a great looking rocket. It is a nice fast and easy build. You get a slow liftoff when using an E9 motor so be careful if you have any wind.
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Who's your Daddy!!!
By marwady July 19, 2013
This is a wide ride! It is the SUV of my fleet. Slow takeoffs and an impressive flyer! Easy to build and a blast to fly. You need to add this one to your fleet!
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A Sure Bet
By uvawgrad August 17, 2013
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.
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Big fun
By katiealec November 14, 2013
Big Daddy is a great rocket. Fun to fly. Choose a D12-3 minimum or better on and E12-4. I finished and painted in one day-flew the next. A small amount of nose weight may improve performance.
Was this review helpful to you? 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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Customers Reviews
Big fun
By katiealec November 14, 2013
Big Daddy is a great rocket. Fun to fly. Choose a D12-3 minimum or better on and E12-4. I finished and painted in one day-flew the next. A small amount of nose weight may improve performance.
Was this review helpful to you? 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A Sure Bet
By uvawgrad August 17, 2013
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.
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Who's your Daddy!!!
By marwady July 19, 2013
This is a wide ride! It is the SUV of my fleet. Slow takeoffs and an impressive flyer! Easy to build and a blast to fly. You need to add this one to your fleet!
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Coolest Flying Fireplug Ever!
By rbeard2 March 18, 2013
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 REALLLYYY 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!
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Must Build
By cryptical07 November 26, 2012
This is one of my favorite Estes Kits. The Big Daddy is a fun build and even more fun to fly. I have 37 launches on my Big Daddy with no plans for retirement.
Was this review helpful to you? 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Who's your daddy?
By kiteflier11 October 19, 2012
Everyone needs a Big Daddy. Fun build. Flies great. I'm on my second and thinking about my third... I would highly recommend substituting the stock shock cord for a Kevlar leader with an elastic shock cord. One of the other reviewers also recommended on installing the rear centering ring after gluing the fins and added fillets to the motor housing, which is a good idea. The instructions also do not add much for gluing in the rear centering ring to the BT. I'd recommend adding a nice fillet there as well.
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Short rocket with attitude
By cofrbooboo October 13, 2012
The Big Daddy kit is a great introduction into the world of more powerful rockets. The 24mm motor mount allows the use of everything from Estes C, D and E black powder motors to 24mm reloadable motors of E, F and G motors. One thing Estes did to allow for this extra power is use through the wall (TTW) fin construction. With the root of the fins glued to the motor tube you get a very strong rocket capable of withstanding higher power motors. I did deviate from the instructions in a couple of areas. First, instead of the kit shock cord I used a length of Kevlar cord and 1/4 flat elastic. The Kevlar was tied around the motor mount below the forward centering ring and run through a small notch on the outer edge. I cut the Kevlar so that it ended just inside the body tube when tied to 6' of elastic. This technique is common in mid- and high-power rocket construction. Secondly, I didn't glue the aft centering ring to the motor mount until after the fins were glued in. It was on the motor mount tube while installing the fins, just not glued down. This allowed me to remove it after the fins dried so that internal fillets could be put on the fin-to-motor mount joint and where the fins meet the body tube on the inside. Doing this greatly strengthens the rocket at the point where it takes the most stress. Once the fillets were in I glued the rear centering ring in place. Paint is black and red rattle can with decals from an aftermarket supplier. One caution is to be very careful how much paint you apply. Due to the short length of this rocket it is easy to shift the center of gravity rearward with too much paint or glue. Doing so can cause stability issues if you aren't careful. If you do end up cutting it a bit close weight can always be added to the nose to move the CG forward again. I recommend staying with the higher end of the recommended motors for this rocket. You need a motor that will get it off the rod with sufficient speed for stability, and also the bigger motors are just more fun! Estes E impulse motors and Aerotech reloadables rule for this bird!
Was this review helpful to you? 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Great rocket but be careful of flying with E9 if you have any wind
By ChrisM October 11, 2012
This is a great looking rocket. It is a nice fast and easy build. You get a slow liftoff when using an E9 motor so be careful if you have any wind.
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Versatile midpower rocket!
By slogfilet October 11, 2012
Everyone should have a Big Daddy in their fleet. Probably more than one... build one stock, according to the directions and supplied parts, then build something a little more special. The wide diameter makes it easy to work with internal components, and I think a 29mm mount is just about perfect. It's stable, customizable, and looks great on the pad. Tip: You can get the red/gray fade on the paint job by just using spray cans and a little practice. I'm sure an airbrush would be better, but I gt great results using Krylon.
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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