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Cosmic Cobra

ESTES Model #1262


Launch this space snake into the atmosphere! You’ll be amazed when the rocket returns to earth with a parachute while the nose cone helicopters down.

The Cosmic Cobra streaks to altitudes over 500 feet high. Two recovery devices are used to tame this reptile. The main rocket, with upswept fins, returns to earth on a colorful 12 inch parachute while the sleek nose cone helicopters down on bright colored, retractable rotor blades. Assembly of the Cobra takes about one hour or less, making it a great choice for any beginner! You’ll draw a crowd at the flying field when you blast this unique rocket into space! No painting required.

Additional Information

  • Length: 19.5″
  • Diameter: 1.35″
  • Weight: 3.1 oz.
  • Recovery:
    • Body: 12″ Chute
    • Nose Cone: Helicopter
  • Altitude: 535′
  • No Paint Needed
  • Recommended Motors:
    • B4-2, B6-2, B6-4, C6-3, C6-5


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Build History

  • 09/09/2002 – Purchased Estes Cosmic Cobra from HobbyLinc for $5.59 (Retail $7.99)
  • 09/18/2002 – Opened kit and found all part included. Took pictures and scanned plans and decals. Measured various components and recorded them on page8 Book #2. Cemented engine mount halves together and let dry. Cemented assembled engine mount to yellow body tube. Marked body tube 4″ from aft end and cemented launch lug to body tube cementing the launch lug at the 4″ mark and midway between two fins. Cemented the black ring onto the rear of the nose cone so the slot in the ring aligns with the nose cone eyelet. Cut out the shock cord mount and affixed the shock cord to it. Glued the shock cord to the inside of the forward end of the body tube by at least 2″. Snapped the helicopter blades into the ring. Did not install the rubber bands at this time so they would not stretch out of shape. They will be installed just before launch. Attached a snap swivel to the 12″ parachute. Made a loop in the end of the shock cord. Applied decals to the model. This completes construction of Estes Cosmic Cobra model rocket #1262. No paint is required.


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