ESTES Model #3217


The Estes Vagabond is the type of tall, lean and mean rocket that turns heads at club launches because everybody knows it means business. Put an E-class engine in the back and this a bird will punch a hole in the sky to about 1300 feet!

Featuring laser-cut balsa fins, plastic nosecone and a 24mm motor mount, the Vagabond is built on a glassine-wrapped BT-60 airframe to an impressive 35″ height. This rocket’s size and performance adds up to a sure-fire crowd pleaser!!

Additional Information

  • Length: 35.25″
  • Diameter: 1.64″
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Recovery: 18″ Parachute
  • Fins: Laser Cut Balsa
  • Nose Cone: Plastic
  • Altitude: 1275′
  • Recommended Motors:
    • D12-5, D12-7, E9-6, E9-8


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Build History

  • 07/20/2012 – Purchased Estes Vegabond from Hobby Lobby in Columbus, IN for $$10.79 (Retail $17.99).
  • 11/06/2012 – Took pictures of package and componets. Measured and recorded various components on page 124 Book #3. Scanned fin, decal, centering ring and instructions.
  • 11/07/2012 – Glued balsa fin parts together. Glued engine block into end of motor mount tube. Cut slit and installed engine retainer 1/8″ from forward end of motor mount tube. Glued engine retainer above retainer hook. Glued a centering ring 1″ from aft end of motor mount tube. Glued other centering ring 1/8″ from forward end of motor mount tube. Filleted centering ring joints.
  • 11/08/2012 – Glued motor mount assembly into aft end of body tube.
  • 11/10/2012 – Glued body tube together and attached fins.
  • 11/11/2012 – Filleted fin joints. Glued launch lugs to body tube and filleted joints.
  • 09/16/2013 – Sprayed model with Krylon Gray Primer.
  • 09/17/2013 – Sanded primer, wiped down entire model and spray painted several coats of Glossy White Krylon paint onto model.\
  • 09/18/2013 – Spray painted entire aft section including fins with Krylon Banner Gloss Banner Red.
  • 09/19/2013 – Applied water slide decals and too pictured of finished rocket. This completes construction of Estes Vegabond model rocket #3217.


02/17/2013Sod FarmBS63F120-7Good Flight.Parachute tangled in fin during recovery and caused the body tube to lawn dart into the sod damaging about an inch of the upper body tube.
02/17/2013Sod FarmBS63H163-7Good Flight. Bottom of rocket clipped the power lines as it passed over them on descent.
02/17/2013Sod FarmBS63H54-5AGood Flight. Almost got a bird on assent. The parachute was too big and allowed the model to drift a long way. It landed just short of the horse area and the road.
01/12/2014Sod FarmBS74E12-6Great Flight.
03/09/2014Sod FarmBS78E9-6
03/09/2014Sod FarmBS78F12-6
09/13 & 14/2014Sod FarmBS84E9-4Great Flight.
09/13 & 14/2014Sod FarmBS84E9-4Great Flight.
09/13 & 14/2014Sod FarmBS84E9-4Lost West of launch for a while but later recovered.
11/09/2014Sod FarmBS86E9-4Lost West of launch for a while but later recovered.
11/09/2014Sod FarmBS86E9-4Good Flight.
12/14/2014Sod FarmBS88E12-8No chute. Model crashed. Minor damage to forward ent of body tube. Model flyable.
12/14/2014Sod FarmBS88E12-8
04/26/2015Sod FarmBS92E9-4
10/11/2015Sod FarmBS98E9-4Long walk. Ed recovered for me. Thanks Ed.
12/12/2015Sod FarmBS100E9-4Lawndart.