Bull Pup 12D

(30 customer reviews)

Bull Pup 12D

(30 customer reviews)

The Bull Pup 12D is the sport scale version of the USAF AGM-12D Bull Pup and a great choice for your first scale model kit.


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For all you sport scale enthusiasts, this one’s for you! The Estes Bull Pup 12D is a highly detailed version of the USAF AGM-12D Bull Pup air to ground missile. First developed in the 1950s, the Bull Pup was used in combat until the 1970s. Over 30,000 Bull Pups were built and used until it was decommissioned in the mid 80s. If you’re just getting started in scale model rockets, the Bull Pup 12D is a great kit to develop your scale model building skills.

This kit comes with a large diameter, single piece body tube, high quality molded plastic tail and nose cone, laser cut wood fins and authentic full color waterslide decals. Standing 15.6 inches tall, this rocket can pack a ballistic punch by reaching 675 feet on Estes standard model rocket engines and recovering with a colorful 12 inch parachute.

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



Projected Max Altitude

675 ft. (206 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


15.6 in. (39.6 cm)


1.33 in. (34 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.8 oz. (51 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

3 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.

30 reviews for Bull Pup 12D

  1. Evan Kroz

    Great Launch, very fun to build and is not to hard jus have to make sure to align the top and bottom fins.

  2. craig h pfeiffer

    my first kit a 8 years old and my favorite of all time

  3. Gabriel

    Great rocket. Just one thing to remember when building

    This great rocket from the bull-pup 12 is a great rocket to launch (Very Fun)
    I built this rocket twice in 2015 and realized one thing that it very important that you have to know when building thing rocket. The center of gravity Is very Important on small rockets especially On this rocket, so make sure when you air foil this rocket (if you do) DO NOT and mean DO NOT make the fillets to big on this rocket or weigh to much and the reason is that it can shift the center of gravity (when it should be very close to the center of the rocket). I made my rocket like this and actually did things I have never seen before in rocketry.
    On the most part It was my fault that the rocket did that. I bought this rocket again the following week and built it again just didn’t make the fillets weigh so much and didn’t make them to big either and the result was… that rocket had a great normal flight as I would expect. I would recommend this rocket and It is a great rocket to build and fly. Good looking too when finished.

  4. Daniel


    Great little scale rocket

  5. Jim Bob Sam

    Cool Rocket

    Great rocket, looks awesome, but be careful. Be sure to use something to hold the engine in place (there is no engine hook) because if you don’t the engine will move up inside the tube and melt the tail cone. Overall, however, it’s great! ESTES NOTE: MASKING TAPE should be applied around engine if engine is not a snug fit.

  6. Brian S

    My favorite B/C engine rocket

    This is an awesome rocket. It is easy to pack because of the wide tube and it just looks cool!!!

    It doesn’t have an engine hook so that it looks more realistic, but that isn’t a big issue. Just use a little masking tape to hold the engine in if needed. It is a little heavy so even with a C engine it wont go 1000ft. That’s a plus for me.

    Really, the only reason it is a level 2 build is because of the small fins near the nosecone. Just take your time and its not that bad.

  7. Gyes

    Another Great Scale Model

    Flying sport models might be easier, but there’s something about the way the concept kits and scale models look that make them more fun to build. There’s nothing particularly difficult about this build. I suppose lining up the two sets of fins is a bit beyond skill 1, but that’s about it. Painting it is as simple as it gets – paint it white! I suppose if there is a hard part, it’s getting all the decals placed correctly, but even that isn’t terribly hard. Even though it’s not a large kit, it is surprisingly heavy, so don’t expect 1000′ launches (which is a good thing for me and my smallish field). The one oddity of this kit is the lack of an engine hook, which I suppose is to keep the kit looking as realistic as possible. I think I’d rather have the hook, but it’s not a deal breaker. Just make sure you friction fit your engines properly.

  8. jorge


    Great rocket, this was my first rocket as a kid.I built it in science class and was hooked.I kinda fell out of rocketry for awhile and have recently got back into and bought my second bullpup. It has great performance and is an awesome looking rocket. If something happens to this one I’d definitely buy another.

  9. CzTeacherMan

    Excellent Rocket…

    I LOVE my Bull Pup. Actually, I had 2. One I made fully to scale, as designed by Estes. It flew extremely well. So well, I lost in in my neighborhood. Boo. However, the other one I made, I modified to fit a D-12 motor. It flies amazingly well. Fantastic fun to watch shoot into the skies.




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