001478 – Flash® Launch Set


Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

In a “Flash” you will have this rocket ready for the launch pad! No paint or glue is necessary which means more time for fun! Powered by Estes standard model rocket engines, this quick build rocket reaches heights of over 925 feet!


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Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

High performance model rocketry at a moderate price. The 16 inch FLASH is a great addition to the Snaps line of model rockets from Estes. You can experience the thrill of building and flying your own high performance model rocket without the need for gluing or waiting. The FLASH rocket kit literally “snaps” together in minutes with the uniquely molded fin set. The pre-colored body tube attaches easily and the die cut decals are a breeze to apply. In just minutes you will have built your 1st model rocket that will look like it was made by a pro! Ease of assembly is just one of the great features of this set. The main feature of the FLASH is the sleek, drag defying design that provides high performance, cloud punching flights over 925 feet on Estes standard model rocket engines.

Each Flash Launch Set comes complete with a wicked looking FLASH snap together model rocket kit and our super reliable Estes Launch System.

LAUNCH SYSTEM includes Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, fine sandpaper and masking tape. (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): 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

925 ft. (282 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


16.2 in. (41.1 cm)


1.1 in. (28 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.8 oz. (51 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour


Quick Snap Assembly

Fin Materials


Decal Type


Launch System

Includes 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.

38 reviews for 001478 – Flash® Launch Set

  1. stephen


    i love the sst (simple snap together) style assembly

  2. Paul

    very good starter

    very easy to build- great rocket for a beginner

  3. Philip

    Best Starter Set for Modelers

    In my opinion this is the best launch set for someone with any modeling experience (for those without there are the RTF sets.) Although as others have stated the fin/engine mount (tail) section does requires a little bit more work to put together it is worth the effort because you get a very solid rocket. Just make sure you glue the two halves together (I used model glue) and then glue the assembly to the body tube (I used GOOP for this.) The rocket is a bit bigger and heavier than the classic Alpha III but that is what makes it a good starter rocket. It is a great B impulse motor flyer but also flies well on A impulse motors if you are in a schoolyard etc. It definitely can handle a C impulse motor but I not have used a C yet due to the small size of the field I fly on. Years ago I flew an Alpha on a C and it was bye bye rocket – it drifted off to who knows where – don’t think the Flash will have the same problem. I like this rocket (I even bought its sister the Dragonite) and highly recommended it.

  4. Ezr


    This was my first rocket. Had fun with it

  5. Rocket Daddy

    Fun rocket

    A great rocket!!! Kids and I had a blast launching it. Had a bit of difficulty assembling the tail section. Nothing a little crazy glue couldn’t fix, also required a little bit of sanding to ensure the fins slipped in. Once fins were in the rest was a piece of cake!!!

  6. Ian

    Great rocket!

    I recieved this rocket a few years ago for my birthday and I hadn’t managed fly it until this past weekend on the ice on the lake at my cottage. It flew great the first three times. I was skeptical, but it flew really well in the cold temperatures. I used the A8-3 engines for the first few times and I just ordered some C6-7 engines that I will be using in the rocket this weekend. I’m can’t wait to see how high it will go with those!
    Great beginner rocket and easy to assemble. I would suggest this to my friends and anyone who is interested in trying out rockets.

  7. Allen

    Great First Rocket

    This was the first rocket I got for my 10 year old son. Very easy to assemble and has been very reliable. Here is video of our very first launch of this rocket: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7xN1urg7j4&feature=plcp

  8. Dj

    My Flash rocket.

    The second time I launched the rocket one fin broke off in mid flight but the first launch was awesome also the second flight was awesome until the fin broke off. Also, the part that holds the engine broke off and I had to search for it. So overall the rocket was great

  9. New to Rockets

    Great First Rocket

    Looking to get my 7 year old involved in something other than sports, I thought rockets would be cool. I have never launched one and always wanted to, so I thought we could learn together. We bought the Flash at our local hobby store and assembled it together. Did and OK job for a first timer. We waited for the perfect day and set out to the park. We used the A8-3 first. I didn’t want it to go too high for my first flight and I had no idea what to expect. We counted down and off it went. It was picture perfect. We then went to the B6-4….Also, picture perfect. We can’t wait to go to the store and buy the C engines…..In a nutshell, Great First Rocket!!!!!!!!!!

  10. RocketDad

    Great Rocket

    My first rocket in at least 25 years. Built it with my 6yo son and had 9 successful launches and recoveries until we tried a night launch with a C engine. We saw the secondary blast which we assume ejected the parachute, but it was so darn high there was no chance spotting it at night even with the reflective tape I put on it and a spotlight. Lesson learned. Great rocket.

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