Stephenson’s Rocket Kit


An attractive wooden model kit ready to be built of Stephenson’s Rocket. When finished it can be made to move by turning the handle. Alternatively this model can be attached to a separate battery drive. See the moving model here using the turn handle method. All wooden parts are machine cut ready to assemble and glue is provided. This model can be left unpainted or it can be stained or painted. See our set of 6 paints here. Suitable for anyone with advanced modelling skills or the less confident with help.

Finished model dimensions:
Width: 190mm
Height: 270mm
Depth: 155mm


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Instruction booklets are visual and as well as being included can be downloaded here rocket_instructions. No special tools are required.

Watch a video with top tips for building your Rocket.

This model kit is designed and made in the UK from sustainable New Zealand pine and bamboo and PVA glue.

As well as being great fun, a lovely ornament in the home or office, this wooden kit is also highly educational and particularly suitable for supporting the kinetics module in the Design Technology GCSE curriculum and also the Toy Design module in Key Stage 2 (for UK customers)

About Stephenson’s Rocket:

The Rocket was made in 1829 in order to participate in the Rainhill Trials organised by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway which was not yet up and running. The purpose of the Trials was to help choose a locomotive type to run the railway, although some senior figures on the Board still had reservations about using locomotives at all. The Rocket won the Trials and the L&MR went on to officially open on 15th  September 1830 using locomotive power. The Rocket worked on the L&MR until 1834 and then transferred to Lord Carlisle’s Railway near Brampton in Cumbria.


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