Big Bertha Model Rocket Kit

Over the years, Big Bertha has remained an iconic choice for many model rocket enthusiasts. Its slow, lifelike take-offs are a defining feature of this enduring classic.

Big Bertha, an original creation by Estes, can be aptly described as large, robust, black, and stunning. It has solidified its status as a beloved choice among Estes enthusiasts, standing the test of time. Throughout the decades, Big Bertha has been the go-to choice for most modelers looking to tackle a larger-scale project. When perched on its substantial fins, this impressive black rocket reaches a towering height of 2 feet. If you haven't experienced a Bertha launch before, it's time to get one and send it soaring skyward. After your inaugural flight, you'll want to take it along to every rocket launch event!

The Big Bertha promises an exhilarating, leisurely liftoff, a spectacle to behold. Powered by reliable standard Estes engines, this beauty reaches heights of up to 500 feet before gracefully descending back to Earth with the help of an 18-inch parachute. Constructed with top-quality Estes body tubes, precision laser-cut wood fins, a molded plastic nose cone, and easy-to-apply self-adhesive decals, assembling your Bertha becomes a satisfying afternoon project. In just one afternoon, your Bertha will be ready for an exciting adventure at the launch site!

Estes Big Bertha Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 1 #1948
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 Estes Rockets # est1948
$23.89
 
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Estes Rockets Item # est1948
Features :
  • Self-adhesive black and white decals.
  • Die-cut card fins.
  • Plain brown cardboard body tube.
  • One-piece white plastic nose cone.
  • Parachute recovery with shroud lines and shock cord.
  • Centering rings, engine hook and engine mount tube.
  • Skill level 1: quick and easy-to-build.
  • Estes' full 1 year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launch instructions.
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Spotlight Review

 
"Big Bertha is a Big Hit!"
steve s (chula vista, ca)
This is a great rocket kit for the novice or experienced rocket builder. It's a very easy build that took about 45-60 mins. to build(not including paint and decals). It flies great and it's size is really impressive on the launch pad. I've launched Big Bertha at least 10 times without any malfunctions. The C size engines are powerful enough that I've been able to attach a key ring video camera and get spectacular videos and pictures. Nothing is as satisfying as watching video from a successful launch and recovery taken from the rockets perspective! Bottom line, this is one of my favorite rockets to fly, always trouble free and beautiful to watch! I would recommend this Rocket Kit to anybody who wants a big rocket experience without a big price.

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Features

  • Self-adhesive black and white decals.
  • Die-cut card fins.
  • Plain brown cardboard body tube.
  • One-piece white plastic nose cone.
  • Parachute recovery with shroud lines and shock cord.
  • Centering rings, engine hook and engine mount tube.
  • Skill level 1: quick and easy-to-build.
  • Estes' full 1 year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launch instructions.

Specs

  • Length: 24" (61 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.64" (41.7 mm)
  • Weight: 2.2 oz (62 g)
  • Recovery: 18" (46 cm) parachute
  • Fins: Die cut balsa
  • Maximum Altitude: 500 ft (152 m)
  • Estes Product Number: 1948

Includes

  • One model rocket kit
  • Decals
  • Detailed Instructions

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Reviews

  
 
"The best vehicle for key-chain camera rocket videos!"
rbeard2 (Dayton, OH)
All that has been said about the Big Bertha in the other reviews is true - it is a classic, slow take-off, rugged beast that is fun to build and flies great. Easily modified to a 24mm motor mount (just purchase a motor mount tube and extra sheet of 3/32 balsa for reinforced centering rings). Also, if you have discovered the super cheap key-chain style HD cameras for sale online, this is the perfect rocket to strap them onto! Just attach your fully charged micro camera to the top of the body tube just under the nosecone shoulder with 5 or six tight wraps of electrical tape (doesn't pull off the finish like masking tape). The Big Bertha shrugs of any aerodynamic disturbances due to her overlarge fins and the extra weight of the camera appears not affect flight at all!

 
"Good Rocket, Good Price"
bsgauthier
Hobbylinc has great prices on Estes model rocket kits. Big Bertha is a fine Estes model kit with clear instructions, though I'm not fond of the rubber band shock cord or the way Estes mounts it. I like to see the shock cord attached to the motor mount with Kevlar string. Previous comments referred to the double glue bond fin attachment technique. I use the technique but take it one step further by using my hobby knife to drill small holes along the fun guide lines. This makes tiny glue rivets when the glue dries, giving a little more strength to the fin attachment.

 
"Everyone should have one"
gfbullock
This is a great flying rocket and should be in every Fleet. A staple to most Flyers. It is easy to build(good first rocket)and looks great. But I enjoy flying as much as any other low power rocket I have. Also, if you go through old Estes catalogs you can find many different paint schemes that look great.

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