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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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"Estes 2.6 diameter V2 Good, but needs improvements."
Estes has produced a good kit from their 3rd latest release of the infamous V2 Rocket. Whether you are into ballistic recoveries, from parachutes that don't deploy properly, or lack of seal in the engine area, for the lack of proper ejection charge pressure. Because the E engine is being used for this model, the engine mount is under-engineered and requires a Pro Series 24mm Engine Retainer, for a more positive seal, clips flex and tape leaks. A 24mm Reinforcing Air frame should also be installed doubling the thickness of the BT-50 engine tube. BT-52 is the original Estes label, for this tube and was a major component of the Estes Delta Clipper. If you replace the engine clip and engine block, with the Pro Retainer, a 24mm 60N case can be used, and of course, with proper balancing, for the new C/G. The recovery system on the other hand, needs upgrading to Nylon, or Kevlar shock cord, bungie, swivel, with a nylon parachute and you should have a successful recovery. Words to the wise, No! Wood! Glue! in constructing of this model. It adds weight in the wrong places, isn't as strong, or as durable as CA, or epoxy and for less fin flutter at Max. Dyn. Press. I would reinforce both nosecone and tail cone, with epoxy, from the interior and pack with expanding foam, for lessening any deformation approaching Max. Dyn. Press. After taking these words of advice, your model should be lighter and stronger for the best flight performance. Best wishes, with these upgrades.

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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

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"Wernher von Braun Approves!"
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.

"My all-time favorite rocket!"
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.

"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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