Comanche-3™

(9 customer reviews)

Comanche-3™

(9 customer reviews)

Three stage! Three engines! Outstanding altitude!

$25.99

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Dual streamer recovery brings this awesome rocket back to earth with tumble recovery for the boosters. Straight forward assembly and a day or so of your time and you’re ready for lift-off! Three Estes standard model rocket engines will have you searching the skies for this one!

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


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Projected Max Altitude

2250 ft. (686 m)

Recovery System

36 in. (91.4 cm) Dual Streamer; Tumble

Length

41 in. (104.1 cm)

Diameter

0.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

2.5 oz. (70.9 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

4 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type

Waterslide

Launch System

Porta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size

1/8"

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.

9 reviews for Comanche-3™

  1. James Keough

    Although the instructions are doable, there’s a lot to be desired. One has to do a bit of deciphering with the illustrations, etc. Now, page 5 is an enigma as to how the engines are to be mounted. The first stage has no engine mount so how does that work. Still trying to figure that out. There’s no desert near us so I don’t know how we’ll retrieve all the parts launching around hills and trees. This will most likely be a one-time launch.

  2. RaySitz (verified owner)

    It’s showing out-of-stock right now, but if you like multi-stage rockets like I do;
    Get this rocket!
    I put it together as the as per the kit instructions.
    Launched it using D to C to C found the boosters but lost he rocket.
    Someone found the rocket and turned it in. So I got it back and get a second chance to rebuild it.
    The chute tangled so it hit real hard and had to replace the engine mount and fins. This time I used an engine retainer clip instead of the kit’s friction mount. Going to use black paint on the body tube to hopefully get a better silhouette against a light blue sky. Am also going to use metallic silver on nose cone and fins to get some “flash” in case it still can’t see the tube.
    I suspect the tangling was due to the long body tube not completely packed with wadding, so I added an ejection baffle to hold the cord and streamer nearer to nose of the rocket.

  3. Dave

    Launched this as a 3 stage for the first time on a dead calm day in the desert. I replaced the streamers with a chute as it would always come in tail first and break the fins with the streamers. Amazingly high flight on 3 c engines. Had to walk a half mile or so to recover even on a calm day.

  4. Liam

    This was a awesome rocket.it flew astonishingly high.On my first flight I found all 3 parts luckily.

  5. Rocketinroller (verified owner)

    Puting it together was a breeze he panting was a little dificult but overall nice build. Looking forword on lauching it. Expect and update.

  6. Papa Wally

    Bought this kit for the next stage of my grand daughters rocketry adventures. This was our tenth rocket to build and launch. I have to say i was dissappointed with how tightly the parts went together. Was difficult to get green engine block to slide over engine mount tube and tube coupler to tube fit was way too tight lots of sanding required to get body tubes to separate easily. Expect to do put lots of time into this kit. I have to say this was the first kit from Estes that I was dissapointed with building!

  7. Jimmy

    If you like Multi Staging,this is the one to have. Successful flights every time.Estes really designed this model to a T for staging.Have a few people around for being spotters for the boosters that fall away.

  8. Taras Wertelecki

    The same thing happened to me when I flew mine, only no plane surprised me. It was days before I could find the upper stage, fortunately when I launched and lost the boosters an extended period of hot, dry weather. The upper stage by itself flew very well too.

  9. John

    One of my favorite rockets

    I understand this rocket was retired, and is now being brought back. My review is about the older version. It was one of the most memorable rockets I ever flew. I had never flown a multistage rocket before, so I had no idea what to expect. This thing flew so high, it was unreal. In a spot of bad luck, just as I fired the rocket off, a cessna came flying in from the east. As soon as the rocket took off, he pulled back the throttle. We were out in the desert, so he was probably 1000 feet above ground. Needless to say, this rocket went way past the plane. It was a sight to see, and exhilarating/terrifying. I lost the first 2 stages instantly, and it never flew as a multi stage rocket again. But it was fun and totally worth it. A word to the wise though. Make sure your sky is truly clear before flying this. Its not like a typical rocket.

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