Guess who's back! After 20 years in hiatus, the Black Brant II kit is rejoining the Estes line!
Length: 24.875 inches (632mm)
Diameter 1.325 inches (33.7mm)
Recovery: 18 inch parachute
Recovery Upgrade Kit: C
Launch Equipment: MaxiRod
Weight: 2.29 oz (65g)
Recommended motors: C11-3, D12-5, D12-7, Klima 18mm Cs and Ds fit with an adapter
Skill Level: 2
The beloved Brant is sporting the same classic design from the 90s, however it's now reproduced with laser cut wood fins and plastic toothpicks. Fun to build and exhilarating to fly, this rocket is one of the highest flying model rockets in the Estes scale collection.
The Black Brant family of sounding rockets was made in Canada in the late 50s. More than a half century later, highly reliable Black Brant rockets are still carrying scientific payloads to high altitude. Second in the series, the 28 foot long rocket first flew in 1960. It was eventually succeeded by the smaller but more powerful Black Brant III (kit also available now!)
A stunning model, the Estes Black Brant II is a 1:13 scale replica of one of the earliest in the group. Standing nearly 25 inches tall, this impressive rocket is loaded with scale details. Finish your rocket with detailed waterslide decals and an 18 inch parachute for gentle recoveries. Use the recommended D12-0 (sold separately) to reach heights of 1300 feet. Build and fly your Black Brant II today!
WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD:
Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter's glue, plastic cement, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white) and paint (black, white). (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)
WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately):
Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and E 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).
Here's what we said way back when !
Relive model rocket history with this vintage kit
This is a semi-scale model of the high altitude sounding rocket used for research at the dawn of the space age. Estes first introduced this kit in 1986 and it was last made in 1999. The was a subsequent, short lived re-issue.
This D powered rocket can reach 1200 feet and has a lot of "pad presence". In fact, this scale kit is so good at flying high that you really should loft it with a C11 motor first. On a D12-7, this rocket has been known to get "stuck in the clouds".
Most of the skill required to build this kit is in the finishing. But it need not be as hard as it looks! Consider using black Solar Film rectangles that iron onto a basic white rocket instead of trying to mask and paint the two-tone paint job. A lot of people don't bother with the black and white roll pattern and paint 'em any way they fancy!