Big Daddy 'E' Model Rocket Kit

This is a Big Daddy Flying Model Rocket from Estes. It's a skill level 2 item recommended for ages 10 and up.

Estes Big Daddy E Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 2 #2162
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Features :
  • E engine powered.
  • Through the tube fin construction.
  • Flights to 900 feet (274m).
  • Parts for rocket include
  • -White 3 x 10 body tube
  • -White nose cone
  • -Launch lug
  • -Engine block ring
  • -Parachute
  • -Shock cord
  • -Engine mount tube
  • -Yellow engine spacer tube
  • Also included are a die cut centering ring card, two die cut balsa fin sheets, and a decal sheet.
  • Clear instructions and a one year warranty.
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Spotlight Review

 
"Versatile mid-power rocket!"
slogfilet
Everyone should have a Big Daddy in their fleet. Probably more than one... build one stock, according to the directions and supplied parts, then build something a little more special. The wide diameter makes it easy to work with internal components, and I think a 29mm mount is just about perfect. It's stable, customizable, and looks great on the pad. Tip: You can get the red/gray fade on the paint job by just using spray cans and a little practice. I'm sure an airbrush would be better, but I gt great results using Krylon.

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Features

  • E engine powered.
  • Through the tube fin construction.
  • Flights to 900 feet (274m).
  • Parts for rocket include
  • -White 3 x 10 body tube
  • -White nose cone
  • -Launch lug
  • -Engine block ring
  • -Parachute
  • -Shock cord
  • -Engine mount tube
  • -Yellow engine spacer tube
  • Also included are a die cut centering ring card, two die cut balsa fin sheets, and a decal sheet.
  • Clear instructions and a one year warranty.

Specs

  • Length: 19" (48.3cm)
  • Diameter: 3" (7.6cm)
  • Weight: 5.3 oz. (15 grams)
  • Recovery: 24" (60cm) (Parachute)
  • Estes Product Number: 2162

Includes

One Big Daddy Flying Model Rocket


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Reviews

  
 
"Coolest Flying Fireplug Ever!"
rbeard2 (Dayton, OH)
I have built several of these kits and they are awesome! The kit goes together more like a mid-power kit than a low-power model rocket. The fins are slotted through the body tube wall and attach to the engine tube for extra strength. The giant 3 inch nose cone is very thick and over-all the design is very strong. I do recommend the Estes E12 over the E9 (the E9 REALLY CHUGS off the launch pad and if your lunch rod is not exactly vertical you risk a lawn dart!) and always use the shortest delays possible! I modified mine with new laminated balsa fins to look like a fatter version of the old Estes Goblin - Flies well and looks good!

 
"Love the Look of this Rocket"
andrew359
Its a basic kit. Great looking kit and of the 5-6 launches I have done we didn't break anything (durable) I only fired on D12 size motors. I found the D12-5 to be too long and the D12-3 to be just about right. I did add a nomex chute protector and a nylon (18 chute). out of 5 launches I never got the recovery to work right. There is very little room in the body after engine mount and nose cone. (not much wadding - dog barf style). I still burned a hole in the nomex protector and couldn't keep the nose all the way on (1/8' gap, which wasn't a problem - but speaks to the tight fit) Chute/nomex got stuck in the body tube. so I wrapped it tighter to make it fit chute didn't open in time before hitting ground (d12-5) again didn't open (D12-3) and again didn't open in time (d21-4t). Lots of folks love this rocket. I suspect it will be a great rocket if I can figure out the right combo. I am ditching the nylon chute and going back to the plastic chute. I am not sure the light rocket has enough pull to open the nylon chute? also I might need more height. I think this will work well on a D12-3, as the stock chute is lighter and a smaller pack. Otherwise I think this rocket likely needs a E size or bigger to bring out its full potential. I am determined to get it to work. despite all the recovery issues it was a real crowd pleaser. Overall I would still recommend it, particularly if you like the looks of the rocket (I do)

 
"Tough bird"
wallyum (Ft. Thomas, KY)
I'm on my second Big Daddy, not because my first one died, but because I wanted to make a Der Grosse Vati out of the Excelsior kit. My first one was the original D powered BD. A D was definitely too much for the field I normally fly on, but that didn't stop me from flying the BD there several times. After the last flight where it wound up on a neighboring roof, I decided I needed to find a bigger field. (The homeowner let me use his ladder to get it down, so I cleaned his gutters while I was up there.) Next flight was at a club launch at field not much bigger than my field, but it was a straight up, straight down flight. Literally. The Daddy came in ballistic out near where the cars were parked, almost skewering a Mazda. (The owner thought it would have been cool.) The Daddy suffered greatly from the impact with the nose cone base shattered and the body tube compressed, but it could still fly today if I wanted to bring it out of retirement. The new E-powered Daddy is a nice upgrade if you have a field big enough to hold it. This kit is Estes done right.

Comments

  • Keep out of reach of small children.
  • Use only Estes products to launch this rocket.
  • See tips for flying rocket within instructions.

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