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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"Nice model of an iconic rocket"
Tarasdad (Lancaster)
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.

"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.

"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.

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