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Gnome™ Bulk Pack (12 pk)


Beginner Skill level

The Estes Gnome comes with just a few components and can be ready to fly in under an hour, making it the perfect rocket for the teacher with a busy schedule who still wants to provide an unforgettable experience to their students. The Gnome snaps together quickly, with minimal glue and minimal cutting.  The sleek design and futuristic look will help you create memories your students will never forget. 

  • Perfect for even the youngest rocketeers!
  • Build & launch on the same day!
  • Sleek, modern chrome design.

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The Gnome is clean reflective chrome, tip-to-tip, with sapphire blue accents that make this rocket pop on display and appear as a beacon in the sky. Once the ejection charge fires, a long streamer brings the Gnome down safely and close to home. This recovery system makes it ideal for smaller flying fields.

The Gnome takes to the skies on Estes Mini engines, and can reach altitudes of well over 800 ft. It is compatible with the LifeTime Launch System and can be assembled in under an hour (not including paint and adhesive dry time).

The sapphire blue fins come pre-colored and molded into a single unit, so there is no cutting or alignment required! You simply attach the fin unit to the body tube with a bit of adhesive, construct and attach the motor mount, than apply the self-adhesive chrome wrap to give this rocket that futuristic metallic finish. After you attach the shock cord and the streamer, you are ready to fly.

The Gnome in the Classroom

The Estes Gnome is designed for a rocket class in a day. It can be challenging to fit everything into a busy year, but for something as exciting as a rocketry activity, the Gnome is there to help you find the time. It comes in just a few pieces and can be assembled in about an hour, but still provides that exciting launch and a unique learning experience that Estes rockets are known for.

The Gnome is an exciting experience in it’s own right, but you can pair the Gnome with some experimentation to enhance the learning opportunity. With the Gnome you can experiment with recovery systems and decent rates, and altitude tracking with geometry. It acts as a great demonstration for the principles of flight.

Included with this kit

Plastic Fin Unit

The fins for the Gnome come as one single unit, removing the challenging steps of alignment and securing a fin to a body tube by the root chord. This design makes them more durable, and the student will be more likely to have a successful flight.

Recovery System

The Gnome utilizes a streamer for recovery, which means it is unlikely to drift long distances after the recovery system has been deployed. This long strand waves through the air, creating drag, and allowing this lightweight rocket to land safely.

Chrome Vinyl Wrap

The metallic chrome color is applied through a vinyl decal wrap which is included with the kit, which means no painting or sanding is required! The polished finish of the chrome wrap gives this rocket a smooth surface for air to move over and reach the highest altitude possible!

Tools and Supplies

What You Need to Build (Not Included)

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Carpenter’s Glue
  • Hobby Knife

What You Need to Launch (Not Included)

Engine Chart

Engine Projected Altitude
1/4A3-3T 121 ft
1/2A3-4T 292 ft
A3-4T 595 ft
A10-3T 551 ft
Projected Max Altitude

800 ft. (244 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Streamer


10.3 in. (26.2 cm)


0.54 in. (14 mm)

Estimated Weight

0.5 oz. (14.2 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials


Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size


Age Recommendation

Estes 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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