Estes Flying Model Rocket Kit Little Joe I EST 7255 Out of Production
The Little Joe booster was the first rocket designed solely for manned spacecraft qualifications and to measure critical parameters at higher altitudes. The Estes 1/34th scale Little Joe stands almost 18” tall and launches to 400’ on a C6-5 engine. Other features include a plastic Mercury capsule and engine nozzles, precision laser cut balsa and printed card-stock fin wraps, high quality water slide decals and a colorful 15” parachute for “safe reentry.”
Skill Level 3 Advanced
Estimated Weight: 3.2oz(90.7g)
Laser Cut Wood and Centering Rings
Printed Card Stock Fin Wraps
Water Slide Decals
15"(38.1cm) Parachute Recovery
1/8" Launch Lug
Estimated Assembly Time 12 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included) Download Instructions
Recommended Engines: B6-4 (first launch), B4-4FJ, B6-4W, C6-5, C5-3, C12-6FJ, C18-6W, D16-8FJ, D12-8W
Projected Maximum Altitude: 800'(244m)
Model Rocket Kits are rated by Skill Level
If you are just starting in the hobby start at the beginner level and move up from there at your own pace.
What is needed to build and fly
All model rockets come in kit form that require assembly. The materials are primarily cardboard tubes, balsa or plastic fins and nose cone. Materials will vary by model and are typically specified in the description of each kit.
Additional supplies will be necessary to build and finish your model rocket kit and may include:
Scissors, Hobby Knife
Wood Glue, Model Cement or CA(Super Glue)
Finishing Supplies like:
Launching Equipment and Supplies like:
Model Rocket Motors and Igniters
A safe place to fly using guidelines from the National Association of Rocketry Safety Code
I would like to recommend that the escape tower panels be assembled to the base of the escape rocket after the separation motor is assembled but before the nozzles are assembled. If the nozzles are put on first, the escape tower won't fit properly. The instructions "as written" will cause the rocketeer to paint himself into a corner. This tip is likewise applicable to the Mercury Redstone kit, as it has the exact same Mercury Capsule as this kit.