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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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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Spotlight Review

"Who's your daddy?"
kiteflier11 (Northville, MI)
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.

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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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"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 FYI, I ordered another Big Daddy kit and have started its redesign (more strobe lights and longer body tube).

"Short rocket with attitude"
Tarasdad (Lancaster)
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!

"Versatile mid-power rocket!"
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.


  • 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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