Der Red Max™

(70 customer reviews)

Der Red Max™

(70 customer reviews)

Talk about far-out fun! An Estes classic, the Der Red Max has a large stable design, giving great sport performance. A great addition to any rocket collection!


Availability: In stock

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The Der Red Max is a classic. A uniquely decorated model, this model performs as good as it looks and has a personality all its own!

Standing just a tad over 16 inches tall, the Max is one of our rockets that’s a must have in your rocket arsenal. Every launch with our standard engines will give you stellar flights over 500 feet. Recovery is accomplished with a colorful 18 inch parachute for safe landings.

In addition to retaining all of the great looks and flying qualities of the original, this new version now features laser cut wood fins for improved performance and has a waterslide decal set that replicates the original – including the totally cool skull and crossbones.

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

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad 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).



Projected Max Altitude

600 ft. (183 m)

Recovery System

18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute


16.3 in. (41.4 cm)


1.64 in. (42 mm)

Estimated Weight

2.4 oz. (68 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1-3 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

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.

70 reviews for Der Red Max™

  1. David

    Best Rocket Ever!

    I built my first Red Max back in 1976 when I was in the 5th grade. Our science teacher had us assembling the Little Honest John as a class project. Not to be out done, I purchased Der Red Max at the local Ben Franklin and never looked back. This year I bought the new version of the old classic and couldn’t wait to get it together and in the air! My wife was so impressed she got a Der Mini Max. It will be her first rocket ever, but I can tell she’s already an Estes enthusiast! Thanks for all the fun you’ve added to my life over the years!

  2. Paul


    I’m building my first Der Red Max after adding a Mini Max to the collection a few months ago. Great rocket, simple construction. And the Skull and crossbones look awesome!

  3. Mike


    I wanted this one when I was a kid! It was a sweet easy build and it flies great!!! The look of this rocket makes it stand out in a crowd. I was dissapointed at the parachute…The black skull and bones was replaced with a plain white one…BUMMER. Nonetheless…BUY THIS ROCKET!!!!!!!!!! Estes…MAKE A LARGER D & E CLASS VERSION OF THIS BABY!!! ESTES NOTE: If you purchased a Der Red Max with a white parachute, please contact Customer Service via our web page for a replacement.

  4. Rocket Expert

    Great Rocket!

    This is a great simple to build rocket that is fun for everyone! Great starting point for anyone interested in model rocketry!

  5. modelrocketman

    der red max

    one of the coolest desings on rockets ever! the der max has a great altitude as well as a cool german design!

  6. Glenn

    Still own 1

    I still own this rocket from the late 70s. My favorite rocket!

  7. eric

    fun build

    i have both the mini max and its bigger brother…both are easy to build and have great flights….decals and chute make them both pretty cool !

  8. Woody

    Striking Colors & Design

    Love the red & black color scheme. Excellent water-slide decals, very playful. The builder’s guide is funny. Curious about the peace symbols on the screw heads!

  9. Dennis

    Love this model!

    Always loved this rocket as a kid, my cousin had one. By the time I was old enough to buy my own it was discontinued. I’m really glad its back. The decals look great and it flies nice and sturdy. Hands down my favorite in my collection.

  10. george

    Looks and Performance

    Looks cool and it flies great,first flight engines,straight flight,good altitude and large skull an crossbones chute gentle landing. Estes winning classic.

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