Skill Level 1

Skill Level 1

Skill Level 1 rockets are a step above Ready to Fly or Easy to Build, and are a great place to start for fliers 10 years or older. Fin construction may be plastic or balsa wood, often with some sanding and gluing required. Assembly and installation of the recovery device is often required.  The build may take around an afternoon of activity, although some drying time may be required for glue to cure.

  • Viper

    Viper

    Quest

    MSRP: $16.49
    $15.67
    The Quest Viper model rocket matches the simplicity of a single piece fin unit with the added complexity of parachute recovery. The Viper model rocket provides the perfect combination of challenge and precision flight. One piece plastic fin unit simply...
    Q-1008
    MSRP: $16.49
    $15.67
  • Socrates Model Rocket

    Socrates Model Rocket

    Rocketry Works

    $6.99
    The Socrates model rocket kit is a great first model for elementary school age kids, as it assembles without tools and with just wood glue or school glue. Through-the-wall balsa fins glue on straight and strong.  It flies well on 1/2A through C 18mm...
    RW-SOCRATES
    $6.99
  • Toobish model rocket on launch pad Toobish model rocket kit components

    Toobish Model Rocket

    Rocketry Works

    $6.99
    The Toobish model rocket uses short tube sections for fins to guide the rocket through the air!  It's a great first model for elementary school age kids, as it assembles without tools and with just wood glue or school glue. An adult can assemble the...
    RW-TOOBISH
    $6.99
  • BMS School Rocket BMS School Rocket Deployed

    School Rocket

    Balsa Maching Service

    $6.99
    The BMS School Rocket is a great first rocket for 4th grade on up, and with streamer recovery, it recovers successfully in most any school yard on 18mm 1/2A motors, or in larger areas on A, B, or C motors. Built with a matte white 24mm airframe tube,...
    BMS-SR
    $6.99
  • US Army Patriot M104 US Army Patriot M104

    US Army Patriot M104

    Estes

    MSRP: $20.99
    $19.94
    This 1/6 scale model of the US Army's Patriot surface to air missile is a great scale model for a young builder. As a skill level 1 model, you'll need to glue the balsa fins straight on the BT-60 body tube, and you'll need to paint your model, but the...
    EST-2056
    MSRP: $20.99
    $19.94
  • Viking Viking Packaging

    Viking

    Estes

    MSRP: $14.99
    $14.24
    This simple kit gives builders a choice of design styles, using anywhere from 3 to 5 fins in one of 48 different fin configurations. The cardboard fins must be glued straight on the BT-20 body tube, which is the main challenge that sets this model apart...
    EST-1949
    MSRP: $14.99
    $14.24
  • Wizard Wizard Packaging

    Wizard

    Estes

    MSRP: $14.99
    $14.24
    The Wizard shows the fundamentals of "3 fins and a nose cone" design, and it makes a good first Skill Level 1 model. The balsa fins must be glued straight on the BT-20 body tube, which is the main challenge that sets this model apart from E2X models. It...
    EST-1292
    MSRP: $14.99
    $14.24
  • Wizard Wizard Bulk Pack Packaging

    Wizard Bulk Pack

    Estes

    MSRP: $89.99
    $85.49
    The Wizard Bulk Pack comes with 12 identical rockets per box, intended for classroom or group use. The Wizard is a simple balsa fin model with 3 fins and a nose cone, with streamer recovery. Flown on 1/2A6-2 motors, it can be a good small field rocket,...
    EST-1754
    MSRP: $89.99
    $85.49
  • Big Bertha Model Rocket Big Bertha Model Rocket Packaging

    Big Bertha

    Estes

    MSRP: $29.99
    $28.49
    One of the classic models from Estes, the Big Bertha has been turning heads at launches for decades.  With balsa fins and a 24 inch length, this kit is a steady flier as high as 550 ft on B or C motors. 18 inch parachute recovery brings the model...
    EST-1948
    MSRP: $29.99
    $28.49
  • Big Bertha Model Rocket Big Bertha Model Rocket Kit Components

    Baby Bertha

    Estes

    MSRP: $15.99
    $15.19
    This smaller sibling to the Big Bertha and Super Big Bertha kits is a great skill level 1 build. Laser-cut balsa fins, cardboard airframe tube, and a plastic nose cone make this a straight forward build that is great for schools or scout groups. It comes...
    EST-1261
    MSRP: $15.99
    $15.19