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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"Scale project at a sport price!"
rbeard2 (Dayton, OH)
I have just un-boxed my V-2 and I am excited by the possibilities! I originally intended to do my usual - sort of follow the directions, upgrade to a larger motor mount, etc. but now that I see the unusually detailed fin area and the other cool details I have decided to try a scale project. The stock paint job is cool but searching online reveals a ton of options for cool finishes. I am looking forward to building this bad boy!

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  • 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)


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


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

Requirements & Suggestions

For How To Launch a Model Rocket

For How To Build a Model Rocket

  • How To Build a Model Rocket
  • Sandpaper
  • Model Rocket Glue (TES3501) or Cement (HLC107)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
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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.

"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.

"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!

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