ESTES Model #3037


Back by popular demand, the Hornet is sure to be a crowd pleaser. First released as Centuri Engineering’s product number 5341, the original Hornet was a high-performance streamer recovery rocket, capable of using 24mm as well as 18mm engines. Launched with standard engines only this time around, this rocket can reach heights of 775 feet. A high quality balsa nose cone, laser cut balsa fins and waterslide decals mimic the original kit.

Additional Information

  • Length: 19.25″
  • Diameter: 1.32″
  • Weight: 2.3 oz.
  • Fins: Laser Cut Balsa
  • Nose Cone: Balsa
  • Altitude: 775′
  • Decal: Waterslide
  • Recommended Motors:
    • B4-4, B6-4, C6-5


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Build History

  • 12/27/2013 – Purchased Estes Hornet from Estes for $3.19 (Retail $19.49)
  • 05/20/2020 – Took pictured of package and components.
  • 05/21/2020 – Sanded fins. Measured motor mount tube at 1″ and 2-1/2″. Cut a slit 1/8″ wide at 2-1/2″ mark. Glued centering ring to mark at 1″ and glued retainer at 2-1/2″ mark up against centering ring. Filleted centering ring joints. Glued engine block into forward end of motor mount tube. Marked body tube with fin and launch lug lines. Made a 1/2″ mark from aft end of body tube on fin lines. Glued fins onto reference lines. Glued launch lug 4″ from aft end of body tube along launch lug reference line. Cut flash from nose cone eyelet.
  • 05/22/2020 – Glued motor mount assembly even with body tube. Filleted launch lug joints.
  • 03/21/2021 – Spray painted entire model with Krylon White Primer.
  • 08/17/2023 – Sanded model with 120, 220, & 600 grit sandpaper. Wiped with alcohol wiper.
  • 08/21/2023 – Masked all but one fin. Spray painted one fin with Rust-o-leum #328374 High Gloss Black.
  • 08/30/2023 – Applied water slide decals. This completes construction of Estes Hornet model #3037.