Nova Payloader

ESTES Model #1960


The easy to build Estes Nova Payloader model rocket is an all-time favorite for hard-core rocket aficionados! It’s truly the number one choice of rocketeers wanting to experiment with payloads. This rocket has a clear 4 inch payload section that can be filled with all sorts of fun things, from bugs to mini dolls. Launch a small action figure or try some gumballs and see how high your rocket flies. As a science experiment, see how your specimen withstands a suborbital journey.

Additional Information

  • Length: 21.1″
  • Diameter: 0.98″
  • Weight: 1.3 oz.
  • Recovery: 12″ Parachute
  • Fins: Laser Cut Balsa
  • Nose Cone: Plastic
  • Flights up to 1,000′
  • Recommended Motors
    • A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5


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Build History

  • 05/07/2001 – Purchased Estes Nova Payloader from Hobbylinc for $10.29 (Retail $14.99)
  • 12/11/2001 – Made engine mount by slitting tube 2-1/2″ from rear and marking tube 1″ from rear. Inserted engine retainer into 1/8″ slit and glued ring over retainer wire at 1″ mark. Glued centering ring against the ring and against the wire retainer on the forward end. Filleted joints. Marked body tube using tube marking guide. Glued motor mount into rear of body tube so the retainer is in line with the launch lug guide line and is even with the end of the body tube. Cemented insert sleeve to nose cone. Inserted and cemented the clear payload tubing section to the nose cone. Cemented the bulk head into the other end.
  • 12/13/2001 – Glued shock cord into mount and then into forward end of body tube by at least 2″. Tied other end to nose cone/payload section.
  • 09/24/2002 – Removed payload section and painted fins and body tube with Krylon Gloss Cherry Red #2101.
  • 10/16/2002 – Cut out waterslide decals and applied them to model. This completes construction of Estes Nova Payloader model rocket #1960.


07/20/1971Rex’s Sister FieldLanded in neighbors roof. Did not retrieve. Rocket lost.






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