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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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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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"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.

"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.

"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.

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