ESTES Model #2138


Too hot to hold back! Punch holes in the sky with this fantastic two foot tall sport flier! Ripping through the air to over 100 feet high.

Additional Information

  • length: 23.9″
  • Diameter: 1.33″
  • Weight: 2.1 oz.
  • Recovery: 18″ Parachute
  • Altitude: 1080′
  • Recommended Motors:
    • A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5, C6-7


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Build History

  • 08/15/2002 – Purchased Estes Firebird from Rocket Gals for $7.00 (Retail $11.49)
  • 11/25/2002 – Opened kit. Scanned nose cone, fin, decal and plans. Took pictures and copied page 3 of instructions and then cut out shock cord mount, and fin guide. Measured body tube, nose cone, and fin. Marked blue motor mount tube at 2-1/2″, 1″ and 1/2″ from aft end. Cut a 1/8″ slot at the 2-1/2″ mark. Inserted motor clip into slot. Moved retainer black ring over front of motor tube and over retainer clip up to the 1″ mark. Blued centering rings at 1/2″ and 2-1/2″ marks. Filleted centering ring joints.
  • 11/26/2002 – Cut out shock cord mount and glued shock cord to it. Glued shock cord mount to inside of body tube by at least 2″. Test fit engine mount unit and fins into body tube slots. Glued motor mount tube into aft end of body tube and fins into fin slots. Glued launch lug to body tube and filleted fins and launch lug joints.
  • 07/01/2003 – Coated fins with balsa filler.
  • 07/08/2003 – Sanded fins with 400 grit sandpaper.
  • 07/10/2003 – Applied second coat of balsa filler.
  • 07/12/2003 – Sanded second coat with 400 grit sandpaper.
  • 11/22/2003 – Spray painted entire model with Krylon Gloss White #1501.
  • 12/12/2003 – Cut out self adhesive decals and applied them to model. Used the picture card for placement guide. This completes construction of Estes Firebird model rocket #2138.








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