Big Daddy™

(50 customer reviews)

Big Daddy™

(50 customer reviews)

This Big Daddy is a real head-turner at the launch field! It’s been redesigned to handle our Estes E engines
so it will fly over twice as high as it used to.


Availability: In stock

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BIG is better! Well in most things – big is better. Using Estes E engines, this highly streamlined rocket can reach a cloud topping 900 feet. If you prefer to keep it suborbital, it will also fly extremely well on C11-3 engine or Estes D engines! Either way, this extreme rocket returns to earth on a colorful 24 inch pre-assembled parachute.

Standing just under 20 inches tall and having a Big Daddy waist size of 3 inches, This high powered bullet is built to handle all the power you can stuff into the motor tube.

Experience in model building and finishing is necessary to build this big guy, but the end result is worth the effort.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (black, gloss red, gray) and clear coat (optional). (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and E 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).



Projected Max Altitude

900 ft. (274 m)

Recovery System

24 in. (61 cm) Parachute


19 in. (48.3 cm)


3 in. (76 mm)

Estimated Weight

5.3 oz. (150.3 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

2 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad II and E Launch Controller (sold separately)

Launch Rod Size

3/16" Maxi Rod (sold separately)

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 Big Daddy™

  1. Edwin Kania

    I have had this rocket a long time and it flies great on RMS D13-4W loud and fast. Perfect flight to the trees but got it back a week later. all dinged up from the years of flying. D is the way to go I will try an E RMS next weekend. I wish Estes would sell the body tube so I can repair mine.

  2. Bob

    Great Flight and Presence in flight. Can’t put enough wadding in to protect the standard parachute or rubber shock cord. Looking into upgrading wadding system, parachute & shock cord (all melted).

  3. Robert H

    Great kit…

    We have built three of these and love them. Having said that, this is really almost more of a mid-power kit–and is an excellent bridging rocket into that part of rocketry. We had trouble keeping the stock chute from burning (as well as the shock cord) given the large diameter of the tube. Two of the kits have been upgraded to piston ejection (eliminating the “getting enough wadding in there” problem) and a kevlar shock chord. With E-engines, these things fly really well and we highly recommend them.

  4. Danny

    Fun kit.

    I got this to fly on a wide variety of the larger engines. Plus, it’s a good lookin rocket…..

  5. Jeff

    Great rocket for demo flights

    The Big Daddy was a fairly simple rocket to build and with the wide choice of motors available to fly on, it delivers out-of-sight performance, but can also be a graceful, low and slow demonstration rocket. It’s size makes it easy to track and crowds love it!

  6. Louis

    Great Looking Rocket!

    I really enjoyed finishing this rocket. I went with the standard paint job and I think it looks great. I had a little trouble with the clear coat as I didn’t let the base paint fully cure. An awesome looking rocket.

  7. dalton


    i am a 4-H member and doing rockets this is my second year but my first year i used this rocket it blew my opponites away
    just wish the decals worked better

  8. Brian

    Very nice!

    Love this kit! The huge nose cone makes this this rocket good looking. I also like the big decals, just take your time with them. This fat rocket will not disappoint.

  9. Daniel


    Another great flyer…just be careful putting the big decals on.

  10. draney13

    Great Rocket

    Easy to build, fun to launch. The only thing I had trouble with was getting the decals on. There are some big ones on this rocket.

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