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. Mickey S

    The Kids Love It

    Easy build with young kids. Draws laughs and awe launching off the pad. High straight flyer with little room to make an error.

  2. Mikey Taco

    Old Faithful

    I’ve had a sky writer before. It was a great flyer, and very tough.(It landed in a pond, tree, and came down hard in a parking lot) I had to retire it after 5 years due to damage, but I got another one. This Rocket is amazing!

  3. Fredrick

    Great first build

    My daughter built this as her first rocket. It is very simple and due to its size and theme she found it very rewarding. The launches are really smooth considering its size and it is very easy to track in the sky. Now my son wants to build one too.

  4. James

    Great Flying Pencil

    This rocket is easy to build with no paint, yet it looks like a pencil. It flies great, but be sure to dust the chute with talcum powder to get a good deployment, it can come down in a hurry if the chute sticks! It flies surprisingly well for its size even on small motors. It is a great school project rocket.

  5. Dadnson

    Jaw dropping!!!

    The coolest rocket in our fleet. One of those must have rockets when you see it. Flown several times even with the c6-5 engine, the length of the rocket makes it great to track it’s flight.

  6. dkschrute

    works great

    I purchased this rocket a few months ago and have flown it 8 times or so. We tried the A engines first but graduated to the c6-5 and it has done great. I am happy to say that I have not lost it yet though finding a good launch site depends on the wind that day and i try to aim the launch rod into the wind to help prevent down-wind carry… This rocket has held up very nice so far! I am very happy with my purchase.

  7. pittpens1056


    This rocket is amazingly straight even on a sloped surface it went straight up, but i never found it because a sudden gust of wind came and blew the amazing rocket into the trees. 🙁 that sucked! thank God i am getting 3-4 new ones so if i lose one, i can just pull out another! 🙂
    Note from Estes: Watch out for those tree monsters!

  8. birder

    awesome looks

    Teacher if you are looking for a rocket to build and launch, this is the rocket for you!

  9. dude


    looks very cool i want it

  10. hub

    the best

    when i got the rocket i did not thinck it was a rocket in the shape of a pensil IT IS THE BEST EVER

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