002448 – Mini Comanche-3™

(22 customer reviews)


Advanced Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 2)

A great addition to our mini engine powered line of rockets and a 3-stage kit, no less!

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Advanced Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 2)

A down-sized replica of the ever popular Comanche-3, only mini engine powered! AWESOME. The 3-stage Mini Comanche-3 features easy straight forward construction with out of site performance. Streamer and tumble recovery brings this awesome rocket back to earth.

When powered by the A10-3T mini engine and two A10-0T Booster engines, heights of 900 feet can be reached!

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

900 ft. (274 m)

Recovery System

18 in. (45.7 cm) Streamer; Tumble


31.1 in. (79.5 cm)


.74 in. (19 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.5 oz. (42.5 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

4 Hours (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.

22 reviews for 002448 – Mini Comanche-3™

  1. Matt

    Favorite 3-stager ever

    After building the original years ago and losing both boosters, I decided to try this mini version knowing I won’t be out as much. Wouldn’t you know it, the boosters came right down within 20 yards of the launch pad. Cuts through the wind better, and seems much more stable when going up. Without wind, this has been the straightest rocket I’ve ever launched.

  2. Juice

    Lots of fun, but…

    My daughter and I built the model and have enjoyed it, but the motors are very tight on ours, too. Be careful loading the motors as the body tubes can buckle if you force too hard. I thought the second stage would be able to hold the motor as it was tight, but it didn’t, so the second stage motor mount is burned through. Looking for parts to repair it, but can still launch as a two stager with the third stage.

  3. caleb

    Cool rocket

    Cool rocket. I like the fact that it has three stages. This rocket is a must have

  4. arr

    Mini Comanche 3

    this rocket looks pretty good but the instructions were not so detailed. I didn’t launch it but i tried putting engines in it and it was a really tight fit. Probably not the best for beginners but good kit if you’ve built a few before

  5. barry

    commanche 3

    By far the most enjoyable rocket I have ever flown.The rockets shape and with 3 stages, to recover after launching on c motors was awesome.I have been dreaming of a smaller three stage and THIS ONE IS IT FOR SURE. The smaller 3 stage Comanche should enable the owner to view the ignition of all 3 stages within sight.

  6. Fernando

    Get IT

    I love rockets. Especially three stagers. I highly recommend to buy the bad boy .

  7. Mike


    BUY THIS ROCKET!! This is the sweetest multi-stage on the market! The build was a lot of fun and went together well. This rocket goes up like a shot and it goes WAY UP!! This is a fun and impressive rocket The decals are great and add a nice touch to this rocket. If you haven’t tried any multi-stage rockets yet, get this thing! It’s simply sweet

  8. mosco1

    Comanche 3

    I agree, the full-size rocket is beautiful and fun to watch. Hope the little one will be great too.

  9. Alexander

    Amazing Model

    I would highly recommend this to any who has flown the Comanche 3. At long last Estes has read my thoughts for I have dreamt of a mini sized version of the Comanche 3. Awesome model to own for those 3 stage flying rocket lovers.

  10. Alex S.

    My opinion

    As I first bought and flew the Comanche 3 I was amazed by the preformance. After that it hit me. I thought of making a mini sized Comanche 3 using estes mini engines. It appears my thoughts came true. If the Comanche 3 is an amazing fly I would suggest this one to be the same and I would recommend it to anyone who loves the three staging affects from this amazing model.

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