Bull Pup 12D

(29 customer reviews)

Bull Pup 12D

(29 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.

29 reviews for Bull Pup 12D

  1. Lucas

    Bull Pup

    I love this rocket have 4 of them. Extremely stable platform. Best rocket I’ve ever flown.

  2. Jeff

    Nice scale model

    Another Estes scale model I just wish they made more scale models. Great display but more fun to launch.


    Very COOL looking scale model!

    This model was a tad difficult to put together, with the added fins & putty that was required in the nose-cone. Overall, w/the white paint job it looked great…as well as flew very well (even though I lost it in a soybean field!). The looks alone make this rocket worthwhile! BTW, it flies just fine too.

  4. Danny



  5. jonnyGee

    fantastic flyer!

    excellent model rocket, flies really high!

  6. MSA

    A missle? Or a Rocket??

    The bull pup requires more skill and patience than a skill level one kit. The tapered tail cone conceals the engine, The multiple fin placement adds flair and stability. Upon launching, you’ll swear this is a missle. Upon apogee and recovery ejection you’ll know it’s a rocket. Recommended for intermediate and scale builders.

  7. PhantomBantam

    Rock Solid Rocket.

    This is my oldest rocket. I built it in 1988. The decals are yellowing. All but one aft fin and two stabilizers have been mended/replaced. The nose cone is looking rough and scarred. Countless parachute and shock cord repairs. It has consumed every engine in its class… It is my pride and joy. This rocket will teach you how to craft, tinker, modify, experiment and understand model rocketry. Everything I do today with my rockets and teaching was based on what I learned through my experiences with the Bull Pup 12D. It still takes a couple of (modified) two-staged rides on rare occasions. I converted to streamer recovery because I decided fixing a fin was better than losing it. Best rocket I ever rebuilt!

  8. Michael

    Flies like it looks

    This is one rocket I wouldn’t mind having more than one of. The large decal sheet looks intimidating at first but really transforms this kit into a great first scale model.

  9. Glen

    My Tree Ornament

    This rocket takes a little time to glue all eight fins on, but it is a doll of model. My first one was a perfect launch, but the wind took it into a big pine tree and I never could retrieve it. I just considered it my Christmas tree ornament. I bought two more and improved my build technique on each one. Now I have a jewel of a model and am glad it’s NOT an ornament!

  10. nute

    good rocket

    a very good rocket that got me back in to the hobby. i built it in about a week (the glue took a while to dry) and have launched it 6 or 7 times on B6-4s and once on a C6-5. it really goes and is weighted very well so the parachute comes out just at the apogee. it flys straight and true. it was launched once on a cold day which hindered the parachute to come out fully and the rocket suffered minor damage to one fin. it was reparable and this is a truly wonderful rocket.

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