Estes Airborne Surveillance Missile #7257

007257 – Airborne Surveillance Missile

$16.99 $4.97

(Formerly Skill Level 3)

Mini engine powered! Unique scale-like appearance.


Advanced Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 3)

Mini engine powered but WOW, will this rocket go high! 375 feet! Tiny but mighty, the Airborne Surveillance Missile in making its reintroduction from years gone by. A very popular kit in back in the 80’s, we expect no less today!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, plastic cement, hobby knife, masking tape, clear tape, primer (white), paint (black, orange, white) and clear coat (optional). (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad with a 1/8 inch launch rod and Electron Beam Launch Controller, Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

Additional information

Recommended EnginesA3-4T, A10-3T
Projected Max Altitude375 ft. (114 m)
Recovery System9 in. (22.9 cm) Parachute
Length11.3 in. (28.7 cm)
Diameter.98 in. (25 mm)
Estimated Weight.9 oz. (25.5 g)
Estimated Assembly Time5 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)
Fin MaterialsLaser cut wood
Decal TypeWaterslide
Launch SystemPorta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller
Launch Rod Size1/8″
Age RecommendationEstes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.

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Build History

  • 11/07/2019 – 7257 Airborne Surveillance Missile. Took pictures of package.
  • 2/17/2020 – Opened Package. Took pictures and scanned contents of package. Cut marking guide and shock cord mount from a copy of page 2. Marked the smaller body tube at 2-1/8″, 3-1/4″, and 3-1/2″. Glued the centering rings at the forward edge and 3-1/2″. Glued the slotted ring at 3-1/4″. The green ring was glued at 2-1/8″. The end block was glued inside the aft end of the smaller body tube. All joints were filleted.
  • 2/18/2020 – The fins were glued along the fin guide lines previously drawn on the small body tube and then filleted.


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