(4 customer reviews)


(4 customer reviews)

An 8 inch diameter spinning rocket! Futuristic and sci-fi! Low altitude flights for assured recovery!


Availability: In stock

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What you need to launch

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When a “unique recovery” rocket like this hits the market, the crowd goes wild! And this is a crowd pleaser for sure! Quin, as in five, precision laser cut wood pieces build into one very unique and fun flying rocket! It spins going up and it spins coming down! Even more fun is no nose cone so truly looks like a “UFO”.

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

150 ft. (46 m)

Recovery System



3 in. (7.6 cm)


8 in. (203 mm)

Estimated Weight

0.8 oz. (22.7 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.

4 reviews for Quinstar™

  1. Rocket Guru

    If you have limited space to launch, the Estes Quinstar can be launched with A8-0’s, but only on calm days and A10-0’s with a 13mm/18mm adapter.

  2. Andrew

    Fun flying saucer

    The first time you see all of the laser cut balsa, you wonder how it will come together. Only after you study the plans and start assembling do you fully appreciate the genius of whoever designed the interlocking pieces. Note that the balsa components are very fragile by themselves, and it is only after they are glued together do things get more robust. That said, I will second the comment about flying these only on a soft field to avoid landing damage, and recommend lots of glue fillets.

    Flights are pretty much straight up and straight back down, and not too high, so my kids and I have done launches in the front yard. Put some extra clear coat on the top around where the top opening it so you can wipe off propellant residue. A scaled up version for bigger motors would be a hoot.

  3. Robert

    Well Designed

    This rocket presented a different kind of challenge. It is a bit of a puzzle getting the main pieces together but every wrong placement is obviously incorrect. I was amazed how accurately each piece fit and how rigid the model was when finished. Whoever designed this did a fantastic job.
    Now if you would just bring out an E version, I promise to buy two or three.

  4. James

    Unique rocket, fun but challenging build.

    This was a lot of fun to put together. This model rewards patience, diligence, and caution. Before assembly, the balsa pieces are pretty fragile and care should be used when handling them.
    The more time you spend on assembly and finishing, the better the rocket will look. It could probably be slapped together in a couple of afternoons, but would look that way.
    First launch on a C6-0 was absolutely perfect – a smooth fast flight; I think the motor weighed more than the rocket, so it was nice and quick off the rod. Spun down beautifully and landed ten feet away.
    I would advise against launching this on a hard surface like a parking lot. Some of the E2X kits with plastic fins might be more resilient to that sort of abuse, but — even assembled, — this is a pretty delicate rocket.

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