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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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"My all-time favorite rocket!"
bwschwer
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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Features

  • 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)

Specs

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

Includes

  • 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 (tes8802)
  • Model Rocket Glue (tes3501) or Cement (hlc107)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
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"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 simming 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.

 
"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 forum 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 motormount 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.

 
"My favorite rocket kit"
robert_s_schmidt
Not that hard a build for a level 3. I actually bought a second one, I liked it so well. I would agree with other reviewers that the paint job is the most difficult part of the build, but you can make it as difficult (or not) as you want. Very sturdy- I have had two parachute-related crashes with my first. On the first crash, one of the three parachute suspension lines ripped through the chute. The rocket fell onto a light in a parking lot before landing on the concrete, and had a fin break loose. The second crash was (I think) caused by using too little recovery wadding, which made the parachute melt slightly and stick to itself. No major damage, even though the chute did not deploy at all. Looks great on the launch pad, and the D engines sound great.

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