Estes Bull Pup 12D Flying Model Rocket

The rocket attached to the BMW Z8, as seen at the Bond In Motion exhibition, March 2014 in the London Film Museum.
The rocket attached to the BMW Z8, as seen at the Bond In Motion exhibition, March 2014 in the London Film Museum.
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Estes Bull Pup 12D Flying Model Rocket
photo © Estes

photo © Estes
The parts in the kit: plastic nose and tail cones, body, recovery parachute, laser cut fins, and decals.
photo © Estes

The prop rockets used on the BMW Z8 in The World Is Not Enough are made from Estes Bull Pup 12D launchable rockets. These model rockets are still easy to find online on model rockets shops, eBay and Amazon.

The Estes Bull Pup 12D is a scale model of an actual US Airforce AGM-12D Bull Pup air-to-ground missile. This missile was first developed in the 1950s and was used in combat until the 1970s.

The Estes Bull Pup 12D is a beginner's model kit (level 2) and a good way to develop your scale model building skills. The rocket has a plastic nose cone and tail cone, and die-cut balsa fins. It comes with a recovery parachute. Building the kit requires some tools, primer and white paint and glue, which is not included. For the rocket to actually fly, you need an engine and launching equipment, which is also not included in the kit. It seems the film makers also actually launched the model rocket, as can be seen in the close-up shot of the rocket in the film.

The rockets used on the BMW Z8 have the same decals (stickers), except that the US AIRFORCE logo has been left out and the black bars on the rear fins are different from the model (double stickers placed on a different angle in stead of the flying direction), but if you build this model yourself, you can easily make it similar to the Bond version. In the film, the rear fins fold out, just before the rocket is launched, this would be more tricky to build, but might be possible.

Buy the BullPup Rocket 12D on Estesrockets.com ($19.49), Amazon.com ($15.99), Amazon.co.uk (£20), RC Spares (UK), Wheelspin (UK, EU), Modelraketten.nl (NL) or find several on offer on eBay.

Length 15.6 in. (39.6 cm)
Diameter 1.33 in. (33.8 mm)
Weight 1.8 oz. (51 g)
Max Altitude: 800 ft. (245 m)

Thanks to Santino for the alert

Product Code: 
ga070

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