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Hi-Flier Model Rocket Kit

Keep an eye on this one! The Hi-Flier rocket is a high altitude rocket. It soars over 1600 ft. (488 m) and is recovered by a bright orange streamer.

Estes Hi-Flier Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 1 #2178
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Specifications :
  • Length: 12 in. (30.5 cm)
  • Diameter: 0.74 in. (18.8 mm)
  • Weight: 0.82 oz. (23.2 g)
  • Recovery: Streamer
  • Fins: Die cut balsa
  • Maximum Altitude: 1690 ft. (515 m)
  • Estes Product Number: 2178
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"Gone Baby Gone!"
rbeard2 (Dayton, OH)
This is another great little kit from Estes that is aptly named! I lost the first one I built because I did not follow the recommended first flight A8-3 and used a C6-5 instead. WOW!! that thing was gone! I would estimate the altitude at 1800' and because the rocket is small, we lost it in a clear blue sky. So, I bought another and this time used a B6-4 and teaspoon of red marking chalk on top of the parachute. At apogee - POOF! a nice visible puff of red chalk helped us track it and the bird recovered great! *Tip* - add a few lead split-shots to the base of the nose cone to correct a mild wobble that is evident without it.

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  • Flights up to 1500 feet (457m)
  • Laser cut wood fins
  • Self-stick decals
  • Streamer recovery
  • One year warranty
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launching instructions


  • Length: 12 in. (30.5 cm)
  • Diameter: 0.74 in. (18.8 mm)
  • Weight: 0.82 oz. (23.2 g)
  • Recovery: Streamer
  • Fins: Die cut balsa
  • Maximum Altitude: 1690 ft. (515 m)
  • Estes Product Number: 2178


  • One model rocket kit
  • Decals
  • Detailed Instructions

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"Wow! This thing goes!!"
Bryan L (Utah)
Great little rocket from Estes. This rocket really goes. We had 4 or 5 successful launches before getting brave with a C6-5 engine. With the lower engines, this rocket shot up true and straight and was easily recoverable. The power of the C6-5 engine caused the rocket to wobble, despite the included clay, and the rocket did not fly true and ended up on the other side of some houses. I never thought these houses were reachable, but nonetheless, never saw the rocket again. This rocket lives up to its name, and had no problem reaching some great altitudes. Another note, I was not crazy about the streamer recovery at first, but since this rocket is so light the streamer actually works fine. The assembly was quick, but painting takes some patience. I passed on the white/grey stripes on wings. All in all, I plan on grabbing another one of these! This rocket is too fun to not include in your arsenal. Next time, I will try the adapter and give it a go with some mini motors like the A10-3T

"Bad instructions"
I purchased 40 of these for my group of boys. I pulled one out to make sure I knew what I was doing so I could teach them. I was able to figure it out on my own but when I looked at the instructions it was down right confusing. When I passed them out to the boys and their counselors and Dads more questions came up. Also the instructions tell you to cut out a measure tool one page 1. When you cut it out you cut out half of the instructions. Other than bad instructions, I think this should be a good rocket.

"Great looking rocket, but you'll work at getting it to look like the package art"
wallyum (Ft. Thomas, KY)
Kind of a fire-and-forget rocket, the Hi-Flier is a good looker with some flaws. Painting is kind of a pain because the only thing on the decal is the Hi-Flier name for the side of the rocket. The white on the fins needs to be masked off and painted, doable, but it bumps the skill level up a bit. A and B flights are no problem, but C flights will require nose weight, which is not provided. The engine hook mounts outside the rocket, a feature that I've hated since the days of the Centuri Scram Jet. The design is great, but I'd be more likely to spend the extra money and go with the Hi-Flier XL.

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