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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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"nice rocket"
dkkutt (Pittsburgh, PA)
This is a very nice, easy to build rocket. The painting was the hardest part. I'm yet to fly mine but this Sunday it will fly. To paint I sprayed the whole rocket yellow. after that was dry I taped off the yellow squares and sprayed it black. It took a while to tape off the yellow squares prior to painting the black. After that dried well I carefully peeled away the tape hoping no yellow paint did not stick to the tape I'm sure it will look good flying that I will test this Sunday.

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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

Requirements & Suggestions

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  • Sandpaper (tes8802)
  • Model Rocket Glue (tes3501) or Cement (hlc107)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
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"My all-time favorite rocket!"
bwschwer
To me, the Estes V2 is the best rocket kit ever made. It has a great history so you can paint it like the developmental black/white test pattern, or the camouflage pattern, or, of course, any way you like. It is relatively easy to build and is very durable. The fins go through the main plastic body and glue into the inner engine tube so there are two places to glue. This makes the fins very rigid and nearly indestructible. The one down side is that it is heavy but there are lots of options in engines to give it power. My favorite is the E9-8! Lots of blast on the pad and straight and high flight. This rocket is also well suited for a mini key chain video camera (see my pictures). The large tube and large mass makes the added camera weight a non-issue.

 
"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!

 
"Nice model of an iconic rocket"
Tarasdad (California City, CA)
After buying the Estes V2 as a gift for someone else I decided I had to have one myself. When the kit arrived I was pleased by the quality of the parts, particularly the fins. Hard, straight balsa with not a twist or warp to be found. The tail cone was perfectly molded with a minimum of seam scraping needed. The nosecone had a bit of a wider seam that needed filling and sanding to fix. The rest of the parts were of typically high Estes quality. Construction of this kit differs from the average Estes kit because of the need to glue wood and cardboard parts to the plastic tail cone. In addition to wood glue you will need to use medium or thick CA. You will also need to fit the fins for a good glue joint with the tail cone. All other construction will be familiar to anyone who's built an Estes kit before. Painting the rocket is the hardest part of the entire build process. Masking the compound curves of the nose and tail cones takes patience and a good quality masking tape that can fit to the curves. It's very much worth the work involved, though, because once the paint is done it's a very sharp looking rocket! Overall I'm very satisfied with this kit. I would hesitate to give it to someone as a first kit, it would be much better left until at least a couple of others have been completed.

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