Mini Mosquito Model Rocket Kit

This is the Mini Mosquito Rocket Kit from Estes. Suitable for Ages 10 & Older with Adult Supervision for Those Under 12. Skill Level 1 Rocket Kit.

Estes Mini Mosquito Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 1 #1345
 Estes Rockets # est1345
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Features :
  • Flies 800 feet (244m).
  • Tumble recovery.
  • Laser cut wood fins.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • One year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launch instructions.
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Spotlight Review

"Buy a Couple"
FinBurner (
I've built 3 of these - they are sometimes hard to find when they land. I recommend using Day-Glo orange paint to help it stand out from the grass when it lands. PROS: Cheap, easy to build, tumble recovery means it doesn't travel far from where you launch it. CONS: It's so small it is hard to track when it is flying and find after it lands.

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  • Flies 800 feet (244m).
  • Tumble recovery.
  • Laser cut wood fins.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • One year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launch instructions.


  • Skill level: 1
  • Length: 3.8" (9.6cm)
  • Diameter: .54" (14mm)
  • Weight: .11 oz. (3.1g)
  • Recovery System: Tumble
  • Projected Altitude: 800ft (244m)


One model rocket

Requirements & Suggestions

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"First Mosquito of the year"
Back into rocketry after a 20 year absence. I have always seen others loose their mosquitos on their first flight. Instructions for this kit is very basic. It basically has a exploded view with instructions to glue everything together. Filling the slim balsa fins made them stronger and made them easier to paint. No engine retention, it just blows out the back leaving the little bug to tumble down. With a 1/4A-3 it landed about 40 feet from the launcher. Launched it twice and recovered it both times. Don't think I'll use a A10, as I want to keep it for a while Nice classic basic kit which belongs in everyone's collection

"Little rocket provides big flights with mini engines - for pocket change!"
wwwilliam (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Mosquito was historically the cheapest rocket kit in the Estes catalog. This is a relief to many a rocketeer as the model has a nasty tendency to disappear into oblivion when flown. If this happens to you, simply look under your couch cushions or car seats and you’ll probably find enough loose change to buy another one. As other reviewers have mentioned, fluorescent orange is by far the best color to paint this rocket for any hopes of getting it back after a launch. Use a white under-coat first, and the fluorescent paint will be nice and bright. I’d suggest adding a coat of glossy lacquer on top of this to make it shine. Three coats of paint sounds like a lot, but even with the extra weight, this lightweight still gets up there. Fly it in the morning or late afternoon (low sun) with a clear, blue sky and you can track it all the way to apogee (if your eyes are good) even on an A10 motor. I’ve caught mine in my hand a few times at the conclusion of such a blue-sky flight, so it is definitely possible to track this aptly-named pipsqueak under the right conditions. Throw in some clouds and all bets are off. Sure, it’s a no-brainer to build and fly but taking it home after the launch is the challenge. You can’t go wrong with this classic.

"Mosquito recovery"
I really like this rocket. I've lost many over the years. This year I tried something new. When constructing the rocket I added an engine stop using a piece of 1/2 A spent motor casing. I attached a piece of Kevlar thread to it and attached the other end to the nose cone with super glue and paper. The result was an easily recovered rocket! It tumbled out of the sky, easily seen by all, rather than searching the ground for a lawn dart. No more eye strain..... joe


  • Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.
  • For your safety and enjoyment, always follow the NAR Model Rocketr Safety Code while participating in any model rocketry activities.

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