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. Braydon

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! no it’s a pencil

    THIS IS THE COOLEST ROCKET EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This kit has lasted me the longest, I was very impressed every time I launched it. (chasing after and catching it was fun to.)

  2. Billy

    Nice Rocket

    This is a very unique rocket! It is sure to grab some attention when it is out on the pad.

  3. Devon


    Hilarious, love it, so much fun.

  4. Alec


    I loved this rocket because it always went straight up it was very easy to build and i always got it back!

  5. nicholas

    great gift

    got for my brother he loved it. is a great rocket

  6. todd

    Great Kit

    I loved this one because it was easy to build, you don’t need to paint it, and it looks and flies GREAT! It took about 20 minutes to build. The longest part was waiting for the glue to dry. I had no dislikes about this great kit.

  7. ShaneH

    Everybody loves the flying pencil!

    Kids and adults can’t help but smile when I pull this one out. This kit is really easy for beginners to put together and is great for group builds with kids. Estes should really offer this as one of their Educator Bulk Packs. If you’re worried about drift with this rocket, either reef the chute or cut a spill hole. A streamer brings it down a little too fast.

  8. Anthony


    I love the unique design of this rocket.

  9. Hunter

    My high school teacher recently brought this in a few weeks ago

    It was very cool and I plan on buying this cool rocket!

  10. Riley

    super pencil

    This must be the word’s fastest pencil!

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