002446 – Mini Honest John

(43 customer reviews)


Intermediate Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 1)

Mini engine powered, this sport scaled model of a U.S. battle field artillery missile features a detailed molded nose cone and laser cut wood fins.

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Intermediate Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 1)

Mini engine powered, this sport scaled model of a U.S. battle field artillery missile features a detailed molded nose cone and balsa fins. Although simple in construction the resulting model features plenty of detail that you will be proud to display.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white) and paint (olive drab). (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

325 ft. (99 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


11.75 in. (29.8 cm)


.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.2 oz. (34 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

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.

43 reviews for 002446 – Mini Honest John

  1. John

    Great build, Great customer service

    I had a great time building this. As my first skill level 1 build, I didn’t know how to paint it. I emailed the customer service, and got a reply within thirty minutes. Also, it looks cool.

  2. Trevor

    good quality, fun

    this level 1 rocket was easy to assemble really, but with the good quality pieces estes provides you know it is never coming apart it has been used many times over and is still it perfect condition.

  3. Steve

    Good First Kit

    This was the first kit I built in about 30 years. I want to get into building some of the higher skill level scale models and I figure I need some practice on some simpler kits first. This is a nice looking rocket when done and is a pretty easy build, overall. The hardest part was in working with the tiny decals, some of which are no more than a couple mm or so square. Placement of some decals wasn’t pictured in the instructions, so I had to kind of guess where they should go, but it came out looking great. I haven’t flown it yet, but am looking forward to that at some point in the near future.

    I see that Estes is planning on releasing a larger version of the Honest John sometime soon, and I’ll definitely be looking forward to that one when it is available for sale. More scale models, please, Estes!

  4. Landon


    This rocket is a fun and easy build. It looks cool too. It is great to fly in a small field.

  5. Carey

    Perhaps the best flying rocket we have

    dead straight and no weather cock. Really fun. Bring your masking tape, the motors are friction mount

  6. Brandon

    Great Little Scale Model

    This is a nice scale kit that can be made a little more detailed with the following tips: 1. Carefully sand the fins to the profile in step E3. 2. Paint the model flat olive drab (OD). Once it dries, coat it with a clear gloss coat and let that dry before applying the decals. This will help your decals “hide”. Once the decals are dry, give it a coat of flat clear (dullcote) to give it a more military look.

  7. Gyes

    First Launch of the Day

    This rocket has quickly become one of my go-to rockets that comes along most days to the flying field. It’s not the highest- or straightest flying rocket I have, but it is fun to launch and it makes a great first launch of the day to judge the wind. As others have mentioned, its flight characteristics are a bit unstable because of the large, wide nosecone and smaller fins, but not wildly or dangerously so. The worst thing mine does is wobble a bit near the top of its arc. Since it doesn’t get terribly high, that instability doesn’t matter much.

    The most difficult thing I found about this build was the finishing. I couldn’t find a good drab olive spray paint, so I ended up hand painting the rocket, which is something I’m not particularly good at. The decals are also more difficult that your average kit. They are all very small, making them hard to work with, and it’s hard to tell where many of them go from the picture on the packaging. Take your time, make educated guesses, and you’ll be fine.

    The only other comment I have is that this kit doesn’t have an engine hook. I suppose that makes it a bit more realistic, but in practice, it makes flights a bit less fun since you have to friction fit the engines.

  8. Brandon

    Great Small Scale Kit!

    This kit has an incredible amount of detail for such a small kit. Flying on mini engines keeps the per-flight costs down. This is a great flier for small fields.

  9. TomnSA

    Great first build

    If you are moving away from the “almost ready to fly” category this is an excellent first choice. Due to our limited launching area mini engine rockets are some of our favorites, This one has the look of the real thing. It’s a decent flyer but can be a little erratic. The decals are fantastic. We are have flown this one close to a dozen times now.

  10. Jeff

    Great rocket

    I like scale models and this one is great. Easy to build and very stable in flight.

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