Honest John

(7 customer reviews)

Honest John

(7 customer reviews)

A 1:14 scale-like model rocket kit that’s sure to be a collector’s item! High quality parts you’ve come to know with Estes kits.


Availability: In stock

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Highly loved by rocketeers, this scale-like surface-to-surface missile is prepared to be kicked off the launch pad. When powered by an E12-6 you can expect around 1,400 feet of HIGH altitude. An advanced build, the Honest John looks great in the air or displayed on a shelf. But be aware, this loved kit gets admired by all.

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



Projected Max Altitude

1400 ft. (427 m)

Recovery System

15 in. (38.1 cm) Parachute


23 in. (58.4 cm)


1.64 in. (42 mm)

Estimated Weight

4.4 oz. (124.7 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

5 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 Honest John

  1. Danny R Barnes

    I built this rocket in the late 60’s when it was first released. I will build this larger rocket with military finish & markings.

  2. Rocket Guru

    I have the smaller Estes BT-55 based Honest John, it almost goes out of sight on composite 18mm motors and am looking for an upscale. Will probably up power from 24mm E+motors to 29mm E and F+ motors closer to minimum diameter and can still use a 24mm to 29mm motor adapter for smaller launch windows. Not enough tube strength and too much nose weight for 38mm motors. I love to up power scale rockets, they look more like the real thing and most importantly SAFELY!

  3. Jimmy

    I have had 4 of these over the years starting back in 1979. A fun model to build and fly.Glad to see it back.

  4. Chuck

    Flew the full size

    Hoping to get this kit. I was in an Honest John unit my 1st years in the Army.

  5. David (verified owner)

    Maxi Brute/Pro Series II

    Fantastic re-issue!!!

    My question is, will Estes ever re-issue the Maxi-Brute series from the 1970’s? I’d love to see the Honest John, V-2, Pershing, SAM-3, and Nike Ajax in Pro Series II versions.

  6. Brian

    Thank You!!

    The Honest John has always been one of my favorite rockets. I love a paint scheme, looks like a great build. Thank you for this E powered brute.

  7. Danny

    GREAT !!!


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