001980 – Designer’s Special™

(15 customer reviews)


Build and fly your own designs. 100+ useful parts to build up to 8 rockets! Be that “rocket scientist” you’ve always dreamed of being!

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Beginner / Intermediate

Just what you’ve been waiting for! A BIG box with truly enough parts to build 8 complete rockets and you still might have some parts left! Here’s your chance to be a rocket designer because you get EVERYTHING you need!

What’s included :

100+ parts
2 each – BT-5, BT-20, BT-50, BT-55 and BT-60 18″ Body Tubes
Assorted Engine Mount Tubes
Assorted Laser cut Centering Rings
Assorted Green Centering Rings
Tube Couplers for all Body Tube sizes
Parachutes and Streamers
Launch Lugs
Engine Hooks
Engine Hook Retainer Rings
Engine Blocks
1/8′ & 1/4″ Shock Cords
Shock Cord Mounts
Wood Sheets for making Fins
Fin Templates
Tube Transations
Plastic Nose Cones
Nose Cone Inserts
Clay for Nose Cone weight
Clear Payload Section
Model Rocket Technical Manual (basics of model rocketry)

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

Age Recommendation

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

15 reviews for 001980 – Designer’s Special™

  1. stephen

    great for first scratch built

    this is the ideal kit for those who are building thier first scratch built rocket

  2. David (verified owner)

    Excellent Idea

    This pack is the most excellent idea to come out of Estes yet! I have managed to build several custom rockets for the C-65 engine mount style I prefer and even replicate some of the discontinued models I built back in the 1970’s. My only suggestion would be to expand the line into 3 individual designers kits – 1 for small engine builders, 1 for large engine builders, and 1 for Pro Series builders!

  3. Bob

    Great Value

    If you’re serious about model rocketry and see yourself building rockets in the future, then this is a really good buy. The Designer’s Special gives you count-less different options when it comes to customizing your rockets the way you want them. With endless possibilities, this is a great purchase!

  4. Hunter Kvalevog


    This is a great rocket building kit for anyone who really knows how to build rockets. I was missing one piece but I contacted them.

  5. Nicholas


    i love this set it has so many cool functions and i love the clear payloader so u can load in the insect of your choice and see if he lived

  6. tim


    there is no way to put besides for awesome!! really good buy

  7. caleb

    this is amazing

    this is for all the people who want to have their own model rocket company when they grow up. Like I do.

  8. Daniel


    Just the thought of customizing my own rockets is the best thought ever. It’s so cool. I got it for my son. He built 10 rockets with the kit. Very good kit. Must have

  9. Wb


    I’m so excited to make my own custom rockets with this!

  10. KP

    So Cool!

    This is so cool! It comes with so many items I think you could build more then 8 rockets with them!

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