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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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"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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"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.

"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!

"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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