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V2 Model Rocket Kit

Standing 22.4 inches tall and when powered by an E9 engine, this rocket can soar over 700 feet high! The color scheme makes the V2 easy to spot in the sky.

Estes V2 Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 3 #3228
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Specifications :
  • Estes Product Number: 3228
  • Requires Porta-Pad E (est2238) and E Launch Controller (est2230), when launching E Engines
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"Wernher von Braun Approves!"
axonterminal
Good kit to come back to rocketry with after 24 years. My first V2 landed in a power plant next door to my field in 1991. Glad to see Estes still making this kit. As far as assembly goes, I found the biggest issue was carving the plastic body for the fin access. I chipped 2 knife blades, so I bought higher quality blades and the plastic melted away. However, there was also a substantial gap between the fins and body tube, so I had to fill the gaps with wood glue. I also performed some olde school building techniques and mods. 1. Reduced size of fins to scale. Added 1 gram of clay in the nose cone to compensate stability. 2. Sanded the fins into airfoils for reduced drag. 3. Hardened the fins using a slurry of loctite, water and baby powder. Fins are now smooth as silk, super strong and marginally heavier. 4. Used wood glue for the fillets. Had to do it 4 or 5 times because the gap between the fins and body tube was so large. 5. Substituted kevlar for the crappy rubber shock cord. All in all, it was a lot of fun building again.

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Features

  • Length - 22.4 in. (56.9 cm)
  • Diameter - 2.6 in. (66 mm)
  • Weight - 6.3 oz (178.6 g)
  • Altitude - 725 ft. (221 m)

Specs

  • Estes Product Number: 3228
  • Requires Porta-Pad E (est2238) and E Launch Controller (est2230), when launching E Engines

Includes

  • Laser cut wood fins
  • Plastic nose cone
  • 18 in. parachute recovery

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"Fun kit to build"
kiteflier11 (Northville, MI)
This was one of the more entertaining kits from Estes that I have put together in a long time. There are several deficiencies in the kit, but the end result is still a 5 star rating in my mind. First, the mold alignment on the nose cone is quite poor. Took a lot of filler and sanding to level out the step. Second, the instructions do not have you adding fillets between the fins and the plastic taper piece. In my opinion, edge gluing the fins blindly through the wall to the engine mount is not sufficient. I ended up using epoxy with microballoons to make some very smooth fillets that bonded well to the fins and the plastic taper unit. Third, and this is a jab at all Estes LPR's, is I don't know why they insist on using a cheap shock cord for a rocket. A Kevlar leader to an elastic shock cord is a near negligible addition in cost of the kit and should be included. On the plus side, the remainder of the components were very nice. Balsa was high quality. The body tube was stronger than most Estes kits I built (still highly recommend filling the seams). I ended up upgrading the shock cord, and applying a very light fiberglass to the fins. I also did a bit of research and modified the airfoil shape of the fins to be more representative of the actual V2. This was my favorite build and is probably the nicest looking rocket in my fleet. You certainly cannot beat the price. I look forward to flying it!

 
"Great Low Cost V2!"
Bubba02STi (Colorado Springs, Co)
The design of the v2 is one of the most iconic rockets in rocketry. The bubble shape can be found in almost any rocketry related thing from forming headliners piggy banks comic books and everything in between. I highly recommend this rocket to EVERYONE. With the cost of the Estes V2 it really makes it an affordable rocket for any rocketeer. The nice thing about this rocket is it isn't small at all. It has a fairly large airframe and a nice bulky nose and tail cones. A couple tips when building this rocket; use kevlar to anchor to the motor mount then a shock cord drill too holes on the bottom of the nose cone to loop another piece of kevlar and use elastic in between the too. This will save the nose cone anchor point from snapping on ejection and also will be stronger then the elastic mated to the MMT. If using epoxy to do the fin fillets use some masking tape around the fins to help keep it even. peel away masking tape after a couple minutes (before hardening starts)and it will leave you a nice clean fillet. This rocket has nice low and slow flights. Great for flying on smaller fields.

 
"Great kit for experienced builders"
David W (WA)
Overall, this is an excellent offering from Estes. It's definitely the best value for money in a V2 kit in this size range, with the only other offering I could find being the U.S. Rockets kit at around $60. The parts are standard Estes - molded plastic nose cone and boat tail, thin wall body tubing, heavier duty 24mm motor mount tubing, and laser-cut paper centering rings and balsa fins. The fin stock in my kit was excellent - no bows and a nice tight grain. Building the kit, there are several areas where extra care must be taken. The fins are mounted through the boat tail to the motor mount, which makes for a strong bond. However, the slots in the boat tail are NOT pre-cut. Since they are actually a molded hump on the outside of the boat tail that has to be cut out by the builder, they wind up being wider than the fin stock, and slightly shorter than the tab on the fin. This results in some minor difficulty getting the fins on and aligned properly, as the laser-cut paper fin alignment fixture did not in any way line up correctly on my kit. What I did was tack each fin in place through the boat tail to the motor tube with thin CA, taking care to get it on straight, then dribble a small amount of 5-min epoxy down each side to the motor tube, tilting the whole assembly to get it to make a nice small fillet to the motor mount. Although this definitely took extra time, it was worth it for the peace of mind. The gap between the edges of the slot in the boat tail and the fin was easily filled with thickened epoxy. Just remember to rough up the boat tail with some 60 grit sandpaper for good epoxy adhesion. Aside from the slight challenges related to the boat tail, this kit went together really nicely. All the other parts fit nicely, and for a sport-scale kit it includes some nice molded detail on the boat tail. The kit comes with some clay nose weight, but after getting the kit together and painted and into Rocksim, I wound up adding 1.1oz of nose weight to get it stable on Aerotech 24/40 reloads. I also added a spare 24 Nylon chute I had laying around. The first flight was on an Estes D12-5 (NOT the recommended D12-3), chosen after simulating both the -3 and -5 in Rocksim. The 5 second delay wound up being perfect, popping the top right at apogee for a gentle landing. Overall, a great kit, especially for the price, and definitely a looker on the pad.

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