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Estes - Generic E2X {Kit} (1764)

Diameter:0.9800 inches
Length:15.0000 inches
Skill Level:1
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Once available only in a bulk pack, the Estes Generic E2X has recently been released as a stand-alone kit.  I don't have much interest in E2X kits, but on occasion I build one to have an idea how tough it might be for a group build.  Recently I was in Hobby Lobby, in the mood to build something and armed with my trusty 40% off coupon.  I saw nothing that would even allow me to go in a weird direction, nothing I hadn't previously built, and nothing that could be used to start an obscure clone, so the Generic E2X won by default.


  • Main body tube
  • Nose cone
  • Plastic fin unit
  • Engine mount tube
  • Engine hook
  • Retainer ring
  • Engine block
  • Launch lug
  • Shock cord
  • Parachute
  • Sticker decals


I've previously built plenty of rockets that fit this description, the Alpha III, No. 2 Sky Writer, Challenger and Kadet, so nothing about this project was the least bit unusual.  This project can be started, finished and flown on the same day, making it a great candidate for a build and fly.  I added Kevlar (because I have a lifetime supply,) to the recovery system, but other than that, this was a "by the book" build.  I particularly like the fact that the entire build can be done using white or wood glue despite the plastic fin can.  Quite clever, Estes. 


The Generic E2X is an all white rocket, counting on the stickers to provide color, but I couldn't just let that be.  Almost, but not quite.  I primed the whole rocket, then sprayed the whole thing with gloss white paint.  Kinda redundant, I know.  When that was dry I masked off the body tube and sprayed the fin can and nose cone with Rustoleum Midnight Black Metallic.  I was going for an old Adam-12 cop car feel.  I topped this off with a couple of the stickers, but not so many as to make my rocket look like it had been built by the hyperactive Cub Scout I was 45 years ago.  I'm proud of the restraint I showed.

Construction Score: 5


First two flights were in unpainted "grip it and rip it" mode, which is what I expect a lot of these would fly like.  All three flights were at B6-4 Field because it's the kind of field I'd expect a bulk pack of rockets to fly on.  (So far that's been my experience.)  None of the flights at B6-4 Field were on a B6-4 because why tempt fate if your group of kids want the rocket back after the flight.  (Also my experience talking.)  That said, the first A8-3 flight was somewhat worrisome, but not because of anything the A8-3 did.  The flight was straight to about 250' and the chute popped at the requisite time, but the rocket was facing down and the chute fouled on the fins.  It came down fast and flat, hitting hard on the first base line.  I was expecting some damage due to the hard hit, but other than some impacted dirt on the body tube and fin can, all was well.  Nice bounce, btw.  The second flight occurred immediately because my pride was bruised and I couldn't let that boink recovery define my E2X day.  Another A8-3, another straight flight to the 250' mark, but this time a textbook infield recovery, sure to elicit a feeling of triumph in any scout or science class kid.  VINDICATION!!!!  Flight three occurred after the aforementioned paint and sticker job.  Another A8-3 to the same height as the first two, but a center field recovery.  This wasn't due to any excessive drift, but because I up on the edge of the infield on a breezy but warm November day.


Flight Rating: 5


Pros: East of construction.  Looks like what a kid would think a rocket looks like.  Durable.  Decent performance.  A great bulk buy choice.

Cons: Nope. Nada.

Overall Rating: 5

Flight Log

DateRocket NameMotor(s)AltitudeNotes
2002-09-15MikeyR's Estes Generic E2XC6-7- Very high. Kids loved it. Flew away.
2005-06-11Mal McClenaghan's Estes Generic E2XB6-4- Maiden flight. Textbook launch. Eject just after apogee. Taken by local billabong.
2006-06-03Matt Gillard's Estes Generic E2XB4-4- straight boost, ejection at around apogee, hard to tell, recovered well on a 10 inch 'chute
2006-06-17Ben Johnson's Estes Generic E2XB4-2- straight flight recovere on streamer
2006-07-01Matt Gillard's Estes Generic E2XA8-3- Drag raced against a club member, I lost. Good flight
2006-10-04Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XC6-5- Shock cord burned through--repairable. Failed NARTREK Bronze 60s parachute duration.
2006-10-04Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XC6-5- 30.68s flight for NARTREK Bronze streamer duration.
2007-08-25Jeff Lane's Estes Generic E2XA8-3- Had this sitting around for two years completed before launching. Flys great.
2008-05-24Jeff Lane's Estes Generic E2XA8-3- This is a very impressive rocket for a starter kit.
2008-07-28Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XC6-3-
2008-07-28Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XC6-5-
2008-08-30Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XA8-3-
2008-11-01 Matthew Bond's Estes Generic E2XA8-3- First flight of a Girl Scout launch to demonstrate rocket prep and launch ops. Great flight to 250 ...
2009-06-27Jeff Lane's Estes Generic E2XB6-6- Gorgeous flight. Landed on asphalt, broke one fin, repaired.
2011-06-11Bernard Cawley's Generic E2XA8-3- Good example of this type. Fairly high for A8-3. Straight flight, good deployment and nearby ...
2011-07-23Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XB6-4- Tangled parachute; broken fin can.
2012-05-19 Ray "AcroRay" Miller's U.S.A. E2XB6-4500 feet Nice, straight flight. Forgot to repack the chute after storage, and recovered tail-down undamaged ...
2012-06-10Glen's Black ThunderC6-5-
2012-09-23Glen's Black ThunderA8-3-
2013-06-23Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XB6-4- Cracked fin.
2013-07-23Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XC6-5-
2013-10-14Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XC6-5-
2015-05-02Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XC6-5-
2015-05-23Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XA8-3-
2015-07-08Chris Halinaty's Estes Generic E2XA8-3- Destroyed. Streamers were too small.
2015-10-25 Bill Eichelberger's Estes - Generic E2XA8-3250 feet Straight flight, but the parachute fouled on the fins. Hard hit on the first base line on ...
2015-10-25 Bill Eichelberger's Estes - Generic E2XA8-3250 feet Much better second flight. High and straight and recovered as expected with full chute. Pretty ...
2015-11-04 Bill Eichelberger's Estes - Generic E2XA8-3250 feet High, straight flight. Recovered in short center. First flight in full livery.

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