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Baby Bertha Model Rocket Kit

The Baby Bertha is a miniature version of one of the most popular kits of all time, the Big Bertha. The Baby Bertha soars to 575 feet. It has die cut balsa fins and can be launched on A, B and C Estes model rocket engines.

Baby Bertha Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 1 #1261
 Estes Rockets # est1261
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Specifications :
  • Length: 12.75 in. (32.4 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.64 in. (41.7 mm)
  • Weight: 2.1 oz. (58.2 g)
  • Recovery: 12 in. (30 cm) Parachute
  • Fins: Die cut balsa fins
  • Maximum Altitude: 575 ft. (175 m)
  • Recommended Engines: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5
  • Estes Product Number: 1261
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Spotlight Review

Oct 04, 2013
"Great First Level 1 Kid for Younger Kids"
anthony_weaver
After completing some Estes Easy to Assemble (E2X) series kits my 6-year-old daughter was ready to try a big kid kit. We selected this one because of it's simplicity and small size for small hands while having maximum potential for decorating. For Dad this first rocket project to teach sanding, gluing and finishing. This kit goes together in a snap with and was easy to help coach her along on her first Skill Lv 1 kit. Of course, the hardest part was getting assembling the fins to the airframe aligned properly but with use of a fin alignment guide they came out pretty straight. Overall a rewarding first build for her, and minimal frustration for dad. We cannot wait for next calm Sunday for a launch.

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Features
  • Die cut balsa fins.
  • Assembled 12" parachute recovery with shock cord.
  • Natural color body tube allows you to create a custom paint scheme.
  • Molded, one-piece plastic nose cone.
  • Can be launched on A-class, B-class and C-class rocket engines.
  • Estes' full 1 year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launch instructions.

Specs
  • Length: 12.75 in. (32.4 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.64 in. (41.7 mm)
  • Weight: 2.1 oz. (58.2 g)
  • Recovery: 12 in. (30 cm) Parachute
  • Fins: Die cut balsa fins
  • Maximum Altitude: 575 ft. (175 m)
  • Recommended Engines: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5
  • Estes Product Number: 1261

Includes
  • One model rocket kit
  • Decals
  • Detailed Instructions

Requirements & Suggestions

For How To Launch a Model Rocket

  • Model Rocket Engine: A8-3 (first flight), B4-4, B6-4, C6-5
  • Igniters (est2302) (usually included with the engines)
  • Recovery Wadding (est302274)
  • Launch Pad (est302215)
  • Launch Controller (est302220)

For How To Build a Model Rocket

  • Model Rocket Glue (tes3501) or Cement (hlc107)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper (tes8802)
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Product Rank
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Reviews
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Aug 18, 2013
"Easy build, impressive results"
Nakota1294
Balsa fin rocket with unique proportions that look impressive on the shelf or on the launch-pad. Easy build that would make a good introduction to model rocketry or taking the step from ready to fly or almost ready to fly. Rocket is well balanced and flies straight however the recommended motors do not deploy the chute at apogee or near apogee which makes for some pretty tense recoveries with the chute deploying at about 50-75 feet and filling just in time to catch the rocket before it touches down. Makes for a short walk to recover the rocket, so I guess it's a plus ;)


Oct 11, 2012
"Great rocket"
Bubba02STi (Colorado Springs, Co)
A great rocket on any B or C motor... the A's make me think is it really going to leave the pad but on any motor i have stuffed in her she has had a great flight... This kit is truly a must have in any collection... One thing i highly recommend is using epoxy fillets or LOTS of glue if you are going to be landing on a hard surface...


May 12, 2015
"Baby Bertha better than Big Bertha"
danomite45
I built a Big Bertha many years ago, and recently discovered the Baby Bertha. When I opened the Baby Bertha kit I was a little let down. The balsa sheet looked like it was joined from two different pieces of balsa, half the sheet was a light color, the other half was darker, with a ridge in the middle. A little sanding took care of it just fine, and the fins appeared stronger at the joint. Also, I really prefer waterslide decals as opposed to peel and stick. In the end, it didn't matter much because I didn't use the decals anyhow. I do believe I like the Baby Bertha better than her big sister.
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