Estes - Big Bertha Kit

Decals: Self-Stick
Designer: Vern Estes
Diameter: 1.64 inches
Fin Material: Balsa
Length: 24.00 inches
Manufacturer: Estes
Model: 1948, 23, 7007
Motor Size: 18 millimeters
Nose Cone Material: Plastic
Power: Low-Power
Product Type: Kit
Recommended Motors: B4-2, B4-4, B6-2, B6-4, C6-5
Recovery: Parachute
Skill Level: 1
Status: In-Production
Style: Sport
Tags: Family:Estes:Big Bertha
Weight: 2.20 ounces

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  • Estes - Big Bertha {Kit} (1948, 23, 7007) By Bill Eichelberger

    Brief: Everybody's favorite prom date, the Estes Big Bertha, is a rocket that seems to wind up in every fleet at one time or another. While there are a lot of other rockets in her size range that equal her low, slow, and always stable flights, there's something to be said for building and flying the original. Bertha's getting a little long in the tooth these days and in need of an ...

  • Estes - Big Bertha {Kit} (1948, 23, 7007) By Clive Davis

    Background: This spring I ran a build session for faculty kids at the school where I teach. I ended up using the Quest Bright Hawk for the 7-9 year olds and the Quest Big Betty for the 10-12 year olds. After the build session, I began thinking about the types of rockets that would make great first builds for a budding rocketeer. I wanted to select rockets to compare that had the ...

  • Estes - Big Bertha {Kit} (1948, 23, 7007) By Paul Gray

    (by Paul Gray)  Background The Big Bertha is a classic rocket built and flown by thousands of people around the world since 1965. Its was designed to have a rather impressive size and to develop the skills of people who are advancing themselves further in the hobby of model rocketry. Because of its size and performance, it is a great rocket to fly on a football field on C motors, ...

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