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Mean Machine, SK2

This is a Mean Machine Flying Model Rocket. It's part of the Beta series from Estes. Skill level 2 model for ages 10 and up.

Estes Mean Machine, SK2
 Estes Rockets # est1295
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Estes Rockets Item # est1295
Specifications :
  • Length: 78.8" (200cm)
  • Diameter: 1-1/2" (4.2cm)
  • Weight: 5.8 oz. (164 grams)
  • Recovery: 24" (61cm) assembled parachute
  • Estes Product Number: 1295
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"Mean Machine"
This rocket is awesome. Now only is it tall and easy to build but it is great to launch. Under a D engine, the Mean Machine will lumber to the skies. With an E engine, the Mean Machine just races of the launch pad. This rocket never disappoints.

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  • Mean Machine flying rocket is over 6 feet tall.
  • Easy to build.
  • Flights over 600 feet (183m) high.
  • Decals "Mean Machine" label.
  • Parachute recovery.
  • Fins made out of balsa sheets.
  • Other parts include a nose cone, body tubes, red tube couplers, shock cord, assembled parachute, and an engine hook.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions also include launch supplies list, materials needed, and tips for flying.
  • Full one year warranty.


  • Length: 78.8" (200cm)
  • Diameter: 1-1/2" (4.2cm)
  • Weight: 5.8 oz. (164 grams)
  • Recovery: 24" (61cm) assembled parachute
  • Estes Product Number: 1295


One Mean Machine Flying Model Rocket

Requirements & Suggestions

  • How To Build a Model Rocket
  • Launch Pad (est302215)
  • Launch Controller (Estes Electron Beam) (est302220)
  • Model Rocket Engine:
  • D12-3
  • D12-5
  • E9-4
  • E9-6
  • Estes 3/16" (5mm) Maxi-Rod (est302244)
  • Recovery Wadding (est302274) (qus7021)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hobby Knife (tes50627c)
  • Carpenter's Glue
  • Fine Sandpaper (tes8802)
  • Sanding Sealer for fins
  • Gloss Black Enamel Spray Paint
  • Masking Tape (pacmt104)
  • Adult Supervision
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This rocket is amazing! I love how it is taller than me!

"An Oldy but a Goody!"
rbeard2 (Dayton, OH)
I have owned several of these beasts and I will say that The Mean Machine is unique among model rockets for a couple of reasons: It is tall - 6 feet sounds tall when you read it but when you are actually loading it onto the launch rod and getting ready to press the button, you realize this thing is a monster! Personally, I think the smallest and only D engine to use is the D-12-3. Any longer delay or lower thrust and you are in the dirt. E12s should scream if your launch area is big enough. It breaks down into 2 sections for travel and is always a show stopper at launches because it just looks really cool on the way up!

"4 out of 5"
The Estes Mean Machine is a fun rocket with a big Wow factor. Standing at 72 tall the Mean Machine is one huge rocket. This updated version includes a plastic breakdown coupler which allows it to separate into two sections for easier transporting. Even though this is a skill level 2 rocket it is a very simple and straight forward build. One tip for this rocket is to use epoxy to secure the motor mount into the body tube instead of the directed white glue. The Mean Machine tends to come down hard on the engine hook and mount. This rocket is designed to fly on Estes E engines. It does come with an adapter to use D engines but I find them to be underpowered for this bird.


  • Keep out of reach of small children. Adult supervision required.
  • Use only with Estes products.
  • Test fit all parts together before applying any glue.

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