007225 – Extreme 12™


Expert Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 3)

2 stage. Over 46 inches tall. Need we say more?

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Expert Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 3)

This rocket is sure to be a hit at the flying field. Powered by Estes D and E model rocket engines, the Extreme 12 can reach heights of almost 2,000 feet! Laser cut wood fins and waterslide decals only add to the quality of this kit.

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


Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

1900 ft. (579 m)


46.4 in. (117.8 cm)


1.64 in. (42 mm)

Estimated Weight

7.1 oz. (201.3 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 or Porta-Pad E and E Launch Controller

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.

7 reviews for 007225 – Extreme 12™

  1. Jamyson

    Coolest rocket

    Brings rockets to a whole other level it is a beast best rocket EVER

  2. Thomas (verified owner)

    Extreme 12 flight

    Well we had the perfect day to launch and we put up 3 of which the extreme was one of them we had good ignition and a nice straight flight good booster separation and ignition of the second stage then things got hairy….. when the chute was discharged from the rocket body the shock cord broke off about 1 1/2 inches where it was fasten in the tube so the payload section floated gently to the earth while the main body landed like a rock.so now we have a fin to replace and one to repair; the booster had 1 cracked fin also…and I didn’t get the height that I expected from a 2 stage…so were going to repair, repair , repair and try again…like they say you cant win them all. I’m going to replace the gum band shock cord with the elastic pro cord I don’t think well have any trouble with them breaking…oh yea and the staging cone melted off is that suppose to happen? so there was something going on here and I’m not to sure what it was but we’ll try again after we repair…..have fun and keep them flying….T.E.W.

  3. Thomas (verified owner)

    straight forward build

    Well I just finished the extreme 12 . Estes did a good job with the construction methods for this rocket.. I really liked the slotted tube for fin installation .. stronger joints and easier line up. I used epoxy cement in constructing this rocket which I feel is far superior than white glue… also the engine retainers better than tape and looks better than the metal engine hook…since this is a 2 stage they used the tried and true coupler method of linking stages; which,work’s for me…I liked the size and sleekness its gonna fly with some style…BUT I did make some minor changes those upside down fins I turned them around and added some cutouts at the bottom…An I changed the color scheme to red and yellow with white pin stripping …As far as painting on this one I used 2 coats sand sealer on the balsa then 3 coats of primer remember sand with 400 between coats 2 coats of enamel and 1 coat of clear oh yea I forgot, on the fin fillets I use an epoxy putty toped with bondo putty to smooth them out I also use the bondo putty to fill the spirals on the tubes, sand but lightly and you’ll end up with a great paint job… oh yea for all you builders who complain about lost nose cone on these payloaders forget the tape just add a little screw through the tube into the cone you’ll never lose another… That’s it till I fly her……

  4. Fred

    Astounding flights

    I built mine and painted it exactly like the artwork on the kit card. It is very big and the flights using an E12-0 to an E12-8 are astounding. Make sure you have a large field if using this motor combination, otherwise try the D12-0 to D12-7.
    Remember that the maximum delay time upper stage motor is good for zero wind and a vertical launch. If you have a bit of wind or are launching slightly off vertical, consider using the medium delay time motor in the upper stage (E12-6 or D12-5).

  5. Alphanut

    Impressions from 1st flight

    The Extreme 12 is a striking model. Building was straightforward and when finished as suggested it has impressive looks. I give kudos to Estes for designing the engine retaining system to be similar to the Pro Series II on both the main and booster. I love this! For my first flight I chose a C11-0 and C11-7 combination (less than recommended) due to a somewhat low cloud cover that day at the field. This long and lean model with its bright red booster was a beautiful sight as it left the launch pad. Even with the chosen motor combination the model flew perfectly straight and to an altitude that was actually quite remarkable. The only problem encountered was the long delay as the model gained significant velocity downward by the time the chute was deployed (should have gone with a C11-5). This ripped 3 of the shroud lines from the chute and the model struck the ground a bit harder than what should have been. Even so the model is quite sturdy and only a quick fin repair and new 18” chute will be needed. I can’t wait to send this beautiful model up on a clear blue sky day… I’m thinking an E12-0 and E12-6 combination should pump me full of adrenaline. E12… Extreme 12 – get it? Get it!

  6. Chris

    2000 feet !?!?

    Well I think I found my next purchase! Estes you guys ROCK!

  7. Jeff


    Estes out did themselves this time. This rocket is unbelievable! Launched it once, but never found the sustainer so it looks like I’ll be getting a new one! I would recommend getting a spotter for this launch.

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