001260 – No. 2 Estes Sky Writer®


Beginner Skill
(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

Have you ever wanted to write in the sky? You can with the Estes No. 2 Skywriter. It “sky writes” up to 1100 feet in the sky! You’ll have lots of fun with this crowd-drawing, pencil rocket at your launches.

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Beginner Skill
(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

The No. 2 Sky Writer rocket is a one-of-a-kind design from the creative guys at the Estes rocket shop. It’s the very first model rocket to replicate the good ole’ No. 2 wooden pencil. A rocket shaped like a pencil? Yep…we’re just that good!

This high performance rocket was designed to erase the law of gravity while it races up to 1,100 feet and returns safely on its colorful 12 inch parachute. This giant replica of an iconic writing tool stands over 2 feet tall and comes with a conveniently pre-colored body tube that looks like the real thing – eraser and all! It really looks just like a pencil streaking toward the clouds! If you’ve never seen a school supply fly, here’s your chance!

The No. 2 Sky Writer is a beginner level kit, which means quick and easy assembly that usually takes about an hour or less. After the basic rocket is assembled, complete the pencil look with the self-stick decal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, plastic cement, hobby knife 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

1100 ft. (335 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


26 in. (66 cm)


.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.5 oz. (42.5 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.

50 reviews for 001260 – No. 2 Estes Sky Writer®

  1. Jay

    Everyone looks at this rocket

    My wife is a school teacher. She loves the No 2 Skywriter! Every time I am showing someone my collection of rockets they are drawn to the amazing flying pencil. It is a neat eye-catching idea but more importantly it is one awesome flying rocket!

  2. Dennis

    Excellent rocket.

    Got this rocket for a father daughter project to get my daughter into rocketry. Easy to assemble and perfect launches everytime. Really fun when using the C6-5 engine.

  3. John

    Cool looking First solo build

    This was the first rocket I had ever built by myself. It was fun to build, and fun to launch. It flew great, and the recovery system worked perfectly.

  4. Carey

    Very retro and cool

    This is a modern update from a plan published by Estes in 1973. It really flys well, too. Love the twist on fins.

  5. Anthony

    Great First Rocket

    This was the first rocket we ever built and it immediately made us ‘rocket junkies’. My 5 year old son helped put this together and it was a breeze. Love the fact that the parts are all painted so there are no cosmetic changes needed. I’ve only used the B4/B6 engines and never tried the C level engine, but we got some really great height using the B’s.

    Great way to start out your rocket building hobby and now that we’ve retired ours, she still display’s great!

  6. Ryan

    pencil point in the sky

    my son really enjoys this one partnered up with the crayon rocket. this one goes very fast and high with C engines. its a neat rocket to have

  7. JENNA


    great for any kid or adult! people compliment me everytime I launch it

  8. Sarah

    Great first rocket

    This was my 8yo son’s first rocket build. He needed guidance but was able to glue the parts with surprising precision if I applied the glue. Once, I launched and caught this rocket without moving from my spot using an A8-5 engine. That was pretty cool!
    I wasn’t big on the pencil design at first, but we had a lot of fun with this one, and it’s really grown on me. Dad likes it, too!

  9. Gyes

    Clever Design

    I don’t usually go in for E2X kits, as I like practicing my building and painting skills, but this one’s just too slick to pass up. Looks exactly how you’d expect – an oversized pencil with fins at the bottom. My only complaint is that the nose cone isn’t quite the same color as the body tube, but a few flights will cure that problem. The build is a bit more complicated than your usual E2X, as there is some gluing involved with the body tubes and engine mount, but nothing too complicated. In fact, this kit is a great kit for kids to build to prove they’re ready for skill 1 and beyond. The size and weight are at that great point where you can fly it with As, Bs, or Cs, depending on your field size and the weather. Expect straight flights and minimal drift.

  10. high_flyer

    Best of all rockets we have!

    It was really easy to construct.It works really well with C motors because it is so strong. Flies super strait and high.

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