Happy Birthday Vern Estes – Vern’s 90th Birthday Wishes

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Help Us Celebrate an Industry Icon's 90th!

On January 4th Vern Estes, a renowned leader and industry icon, will turn 90 years old. Today, we’re inviting the rocketry community to join in the celebration of Vern’s milestone birthday! So, gather up your favorite builds, launches and mishaps. The Estes® team will collect your comments and photos and present Vern with a birthday card as big as the legacy he created.

To thank you for your efforts with this celebration, we’re giving away one personalized signed Orange Bullet to the submitter of the most liked photo. The Orange Bullet will be the first release in the brand new Estes Designer Signature Series. This series will re-introduce lesser known classics and launch never-before seen designs by some of the most famous pioneers of the model rocket industry. The Introductory rocket was designed by none other than Vern Estes himself!

Help us show Vern that the industry he started so many years ago continues to delight and inspire veteran hobbyists and budding rocketeers of today!

Vern Estes
Top Left: Vern & Gleda in Vern's office reviewing a publication - 1969; Top Right: Vern with historic rockets - Smithsonian - Photo by Carolyn Russo - 2000; Bottom Left: Vern pictured with his personal collection - 2012; Bottom Right: Vern holding the Orange Bullet rocket with Estes President Ellis Langford (standing) and Vice President Bill Stine - 2019

The Vern Estes Birthday Giveaway

Send Vern Estes a Birthday Message or Share Your Favorite Estes Memory
The Rocketeer with the Most Liked Photo Will Win a Personalized Vern Estes Signed Orange Bullet

Celebrate the Legacy of Vern Estes
with the Orange Bullet Rocket Kit!

Vern with the Astron Scout
Vern standing by Astron Scout display - 1964

In 1961, Vern Estes designed the first Estes model rocket packaged for sale as a complete kit, the Astron Scout™. But before the Astron Scout took flight, a never before seen prototype was created. This prototype, named the Orange Bullet, used metal weights glued to the end of the fin tips to shift the center of gravity (CG) back after the engine popped out at apogee, resulting in the rocket tumbling gently instead of streamlining in nose first.

While the design functioned, Vern and fellow rocketeer G. Harry Stine decided they could achieve the same thing without ejecting the engine. The weight of the rocket engine itself was used to shift the CG backwards in a later version which became the classic Astron Scout. This rocket sold tens of thousands of kits over its long lifetime and inspired countless young people to pursue technical careers.

Sixty years later, Bill Stine, G. Harry Stine’s son and current Estes Vice President decided it was time for the Orange bullet to take flight. This March, Estes will launch the first rocket in the new Designer Signature Series and the first complete kit Vern Estes ever designed, the Orange Bullet.

Want to be one of the first to know when it’s available? Fill out this form and we’ll email you when it has landed!

The Vern Estes Birthday Giveaway

Send Vern Estes a Birthday Message or Share Your Favorite Estes Memory
The Rocketeer with the Most Liked Photo Will Win a Personalized Vern Estes Signed Orange Bullet

Bertha Family

Vern's Favorite Rocket,
the Big Bertha®... and
the Rest of the Bertha Family

Anyone who knows Vern or his story knows that the Big Bertha rocket is his favorite kit. But did you know the Big Bertha wasn’t actually designed by the Estes R&D department? It was a backyard marvel made by Vern when a group of local rocketeers came to his home to build and launch their creations. What started as an offshoot from the Astron Ranger, an early three-engine rocket ended up becoming a single-engine flyer. That was the day the Big Bertha was born.

Decades later, the Big Bertha remains a favorite kit amongst rocketeers. Today, the Bertha family has grown to a collection of Intermediate through Pro-Series builds, which use standard through F-powered engines. With every Bertha unique in its own special way, you’ll want to build and fly them all!

The Vern Estes Birthday Giveaway

Send Vern Estes a Birthday Message or Share Your Favorite Estes Memory
The Rocketeer with the Most Liked Photo Will Win a Personalized Vern Estes Signed Orange Bullet

The Bertha Family

Big Bertha

BIG
BERTHA®

Big Bertha is an Estes original and became an all-around favorite over time! The Big Bertha gives you a slow, realistic liftoff. What a thrill it is to watch! Propelled by powerful standard Estes engines, this beauty travels to 500′ and comes down with an 18″ parachute. In just one weekend, your Big Bertha can be ready for an exciting time at the launch field!

Skill Level: Intermediate
Recommended Engines: B4-2, B4-4, B6-2, B6-4, C6-5

Launch pad and controller sold separately. Add Launch Equipment 
Engines sold separately. Add Engines

$26.99

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Baby Bertha

BABY
BERTHA™

A miniature version of one of the most popular kits of all time, the Big Bertha! It’s fun to build and decorate. When powered with a standard C powered engine, it can streak to over 575′ and is easily recovered with a colorful 12″ pre-assembled parachute. Be sure to add this mini Bertha to your collection today!

Skill Level: Intermediate
Recommended Engines: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5

Launch pad and controller sold separately. Add Launch Equipment 
Engines sold separately. Add Engines

$14.99

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Boosted Bertha

BOOSTED
BERTHA™ SET

Estes is proud to welcome the newest member of the Bertha rocket family, the Boosted Bertha. This Bertha will reach twice the height of Big Bertha, as it soars up to altitudes of 1000′ when powered with an Estes C6-0 engine in the booster stage and an Estes C6-5 engine in the main rocket. Quality Estes materials make for a full weekend of building and finishing enjoyment.

Skill Level: Advanced
Includes Engines*: C6-5 and C6-0 Flight Packs

Launch pad and controller sold separately.Add Launch Equipment 

SAVE 26% - ONLY $39.99

*Boosted Bertha Set INCLUDES engines, starters, plugs and recovery wadding. Sale price available untill 1/2/2020.

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Super Big Bertha

SUPER BIG
BERTHA™

Meet the Super Big Bertha! Standing over 36″ tall, this impressive rocket is part of the Pro Series (PS) II line. Construction is not difficult, and can easily be accomplished over a few days. This kit comes with the quick release motor retention system and can reach altitudes of 1200′ on an F15-6 engine. Requires PS II Launch Pad with 1/4″ launch rod and PS II Launch Controller.

Skill Level: Pro Series II
Recommended Engines: B4-2, B4-4, B6-2, B6-4, C6-5

Launch pad and controller sold separately. Add Launch Equipment 
Engines sold separately. Add Engines

$39.99

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