Kits By Skill Level

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced modeler, Estes has the kit for you.

We have an enormous selection of model rocket kits that include sport fliers, multi-stagers, payloaders, scale NASA-based transports, military-styled missiles and classic Estes kits.

Estes rockets are grouped into four catagories: RTF (Ready to Fly), ARF (Almost Ready to Fly), E2X (Easy to Assemble) and Skill Levels 1 through 5.

All skill level 1-5 kits require measuring, assembly, sanding, gluing and painting. As the skill level goes up, the difficulty in building skills and time to build and finish is increased.

Skill Level 1-Beginner builder skills.

Skill Level 2-Average building skills.

Skill Level 3-Intermediate building skills.

Skill Level 4-Advanced building skills.

Skill Level 5-Master building skills.

  1. 001969 - Saturn V

    001969 - Saturn V

    $89.99

    Out of stock

    Skill Level 4

    Limited availability (500) at hobby stores across the U.S. NOW! Contact your local retailer. Available on Estes website in January 2019. 

    Exceptional 1:100th scale model.

    Magnificent on display and in flight.

    All new highly detailed plastic parts.  

    ATTENTION: Requires Estes E Launch Controller and E Launch Pad - Sold Separately

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  2. 007227 - Little Joe II

    007227 - Little Joe II

    $49.99

    Skill Level 4. 1/45th scale. Reintroduced with a lot of scale detail!

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  3. 007249 - Expedition™

    007249 - Expedition™

    $24.99

    Skill Level 4

    Explore the world with the Expedition! Unique 3 fin design. Awesome color scheme.

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  4. 007253 - Explorer Aquarius™

    007253 - Explorer Aquarius™

    $38.99

    The Explorer Aquarius is a skill level 4 kit that features a custom jig for perfect alignment assembly. Launched with an Estes D12-5 engine (not included), the Explorer Aquarius can fly higher than 700 feet! You’ll want to proudly display this show piece when it’s not on the launch pad, so we’ve included a removable plastic display engine nozzle for the complete effect. 

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  5. 007262 - Starship Nova™

    007262 - Starship Nova™

    $24.99

    Skill Level 3

    A straight forward but very "unique" build that will look great on the launch pad and in the sky.

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  6. 007264 - Astron Explorer™

    007264 - Astron Explorer™

    $27.99

    The Astron Explorer is a skill level 4 model that you’ll want to add to your collection of Estes rockets. Using the same laws of physics that have launched man to the moon and now NASA’s InSight Lander to Mars, you’ll send your Astron Explorer skyward — to well over 1,000 feet with an Estes E12-4 engine (not included). The Astron Explorer will spur your imagination and test your crafting skills. 

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  • Just a fun Launch Set!

    • Easy to Assemble
    • Flies up to 1,150 feet
    • Launch system included
    $34.99
  • Tons of Fun

    • Minor assembly!
    • Cool swirled plastic colors!
    • Best Seller!
    $16.99
  • FUN! FUN! FUN!

    • Unique colors!
    • 2 stage adaptable to fly higher!
    • Standard engine powered.
    $33.98