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Need to spice up your next trip to the launch pad with a slick looking, high performance mini rocket? The Estes Bandito from our beginner series offers the perfect blend of both. This cool looking rocket is just a little over 11 inches tall and is aerodynamically shaped with a ballistic nose cone and radically swept fins for awesome flights to over 600 feet. This hyper velocity mini rocket is easy to build and fun to launch.

This mini engine powered rocket can be assembled in about an hour and features a black, slotted body tube for easy installation of the bright green fins. The matching nose cone tops off this mini powered bullet and the cool looking, yellow and green self-stick decals make it easy to spot as it streaks toward the clouds! The Bandito is one of the Estes rocket kits that fly only on our powerful and economical mini rocket engines. After its galactic voyage, it returns safely to the launch site using a colorful 12 inch parachute.

Additional Information

  • Length: 11.2″
  • Diameter: 0.74″
  • Weight: 0.6 oz.
  • Recovery: 12″ Parachute
  • Fins: Plastic
  • Decals: Self Adhesive
  • Altitude: 600′
  • Recommended Motors:
    • 1/4A3-3T, 1/2A3-4T, A3-4T, A10-3T

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Build History

  • 03/27/2004 – Purchased Estes Bandito form Hobby Lobby in Columbus, IN for $2.50 (Retail $5.99).
  • 05/06/2020 – Took pictures and scanned package components. Cemented lower plastic pieces together and then onto end of motor mount tube. Cemented upper ring over the motor mount fo9rward end. made motor mount by cutting BT-5 to 2″ and gluing on a centering ring on both ends. Centering rings were 5/20 so they would fit BT-20 and BT-5. “Glued motor mount assembly into body tube. Cemented launch lug onto body tube. Cemented fins to body tube. Measurements were recorded on page 58 Book #4. Made a copy of page 1 of instructions and cut out copy of shock cord mount. Glued shock cord to shock cord mount. Glued shock cord mount assembly at least 2” inside front end of body tube. Tied free end of shock cord to nose cone.
  • 05/08/2020 – Applied self adhesive decals to model. This completes construction of Estes Bandito model rocket #0803.


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