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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
 Estes Rockets # est3228
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Estes Rockets Item # est3228
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

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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!

"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.

"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.

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