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Mean Machine Model Rocket Kit

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 Model Rocket Kit
 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


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"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.

"Estes Mean Machine (Re-Issue), but still can be upgraded."
The original Estes Mean Machine did not come with a center quick disconnect and the (Re-Issue) is easier to transport. The Re-Issue is up powered to E motors, but I would install an ejection baffle to protect the stock plastic parachute. Upgrade the parachute and shock cord to nylon and install an Estes 24mm motor retainer, part number 9751, leaving out the engine block and then you can use longer grain 24mm motor cases like Aerotech 24/60, or longer cases. I would also slot the BT-60 tube, for through tube fins, cut out new fins and extending the fins to the motor mount tube. F power motors on up can shred standard mounted balsa fins. Use epoxy when assembling and laminate you balsa fins with plain printer paper and C/A adhesive, for no fin flutter, at Max Q.


  • 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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