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Estes Almost Ready to Fly Model Rockets

Almost Ready to Fly Model (ARF) rockets require little or no construction so they are a great way become acquainted with model rocketry, without having to spend weeks and weeks  building your first model rocket. With ARF, you get the excitement of watching your model rocket soar up into the sky, but without all the hassle of building it from scratch yourself. Perfect for the impatient rocketeer, or a rocketeer newbie!


With Estes Almost Ready to Fly model rockets you will not need to do any gluing or painting and you do not need any special modelling skills. You will, however, need rocket engines, igniters, recover wadding and a launch system. To find out exactly what you need to able to launch a model rocket, check our guide: Equipment Needed to Launch a Model Rocket.



Estes Almost Ready to Fly Model Rockets Buyers Guide


Estes Almost Ready to Fly Model (ARF) rockets require no special tools or modelling skills to construct and assemble and the whole process of assembling the rocket only takes a few minutes.

One of the most popular ARF rockets in the Estes range is the Power Patrol model rocket. To assemble this model, you just need to insert the fins and the engine and tie the shock cord to the nose cone. The rocket is just over 20 inches tall, already decorated, and it will reach an altitude of up to a very impressive 1,100 ft. with standard Estes rocket engines.

The recommended engines for this particular model are: A8-3 (First Flight), B4-4, B6-4, C6-5, C6-7, which you can purchase here: Estes RocketEnginesPlease check the guidelines on the product information for the recommended Estes engines for other models.

To launch and Eets ARF model rocket, you will also need a launch system and recovery wadding, which you will find on the Estes Rocket Launch Equipment of our model rocket store.


Model rocketry is a fun hobby that the whole family can enjoy and it is perfectly safe. Please follow the National Association of Rocketry Model Rocket Safety Code when you are launching your rocket and always supervise children under the age of 12 years old at all times.

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