000803 – Bandito™

(41 customer reviews)


Beginner Skill
(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

The high-flying Bandito can be easily assembled in under an hour. This model rocket comes with a pre-colored slotted body tube and plastic parts so you can spend less time building and more time flying!

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Beginner Skill
(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

Need to spice up your next trip to the launch pad with a slick looking, high performance mini rocket? The Estes Bandito from our beginner series offers the perfect blend of both. This cool looking rocket is just a little over 11 inches tall and is aerodynamically shaped with a ballistic nose cone and radically swept fins for awesome flights to over 600 feet. This hyper velocity mini rocket is easy to build and fun to launch.

This mini engine powered rocket can be assembled in about an hour and features a black, slotted body tube for easy installation of the bright green fins. The matching nose cone tops off this mini powered bullet and the cool looking, yellow and green self-stick decals make it easy to spot as it streaks toward the clouds! The Bandito is one of the Estes rocket kits that fly only on our powerful and economical mini rocket engines. After its galactic voyage, it returns safely to the launch site using a colorful 12 inch parachute.

Make out like a bandit and buy a Bandito today!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, carpenter’s glue, plastic cement and masking tape. (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller, Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

600 ft. (183 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


11.2 in. (28.4 cm)


.74 in. (19 mm)

Estimated Weight

.6 oz. (17 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials


Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size


Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.

41 reviews for 000803 – Bandito™

  1. lucky

    excellent rocket

    excellent rocket never fails to deploy parachute

  2. Dean

    Nice starter rocket.

    I built the Bandito with my nephew, and we probably spent less that an hour getting it ready to fly. He has moved on, but my 6-year-old son has claimed it as his own. We use a streamer instead of a parachute, making it easier to prep (as others have noted). We also applied a shiny clear coat which improves the looks. It flies great on 1/2A3-2 motors, staying in site and easy to track. I’ve had to reglue a couple of fins, but otherwise it’s a nice little rocket.

  3. Brett

    Great scout model

    I love using these kits when I lead the Space Exploration Merit Badge at merit badge fairs. The kits can be assembled and flown withing the short time frame we have. We cannot use ready to fly because of requirements. These perform very well and are easy for the scouts to assemble. Only thing I would change if I could would be to use streamers instead of chutes. These are great for the experience and time, and costs.

  4. Carey

    Not my favorite

    this is a tiny bt20 based rocket with a 12″ parachute. It is REALLY difficult to get things packed properly. It is a little tricky to assemble, too, because of the somewhat unusual fin can/motor mount.

  5. jorge


    I got this rocket for my daughter to put together for her science class. I would recommend this kit for any beginner or for that matter for anybody who is into this hobby. It was very easy for her to understand and follow the instructions and the altitude this rocket reached was awesome. We were both very pleased with the outcome .

  6. Ben

    love it

    I got this rocket after I lost my Firehawk. Me and my friend both had one and really enjoyed it. The color is good and it goes to good heights. One day though it landed in a tall cotton tree shelter belt and all I found where the nose cone and ripped up parachute, but its an awesome rocket.

  7. stephen


    Flew mine on an A10-3T with a 6″ parachute works great except for its last flight the engine exploded and destroyed the recovery system and blew out the motor retainer ring but other than that good rocket

  8. stephen

    small rocket

    Cool little rocket I put a streamer on mine 12 ” parachute bad idea also it is a pain to put together if you have large hands like I do and the narrow body tube makes it a little difficult to prep for launch but still this is my first mini engine rocket i have had since I was 4 years old I am 20 now

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  10. Ted

    Nice Little Rocket

    Pretty easy to assemble, fairly durable. Drift can be an issue –so it might be better with a streamer. The first time my son shot off this tiny rocket, we estimated it hit about 450 ft with an A3-4T engine. Unfortunately, even with the slight breeze, the parachute allowed it to drift almost a quarter mile before finally coming down into some trees outside our launch area. It took a while to get it down, but it stood to the abuse very well, losing no parts.

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