Der Red Max™

(71 customer reviews)

Der Red Max™

(71 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!


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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.

71 reviews for Der Red Max™

  1. Mark

    A Classic

    What can I say but I love this classic design. I bought a couple and stretched one. I painted the other pink and black and bought pink max decals from Gordy at Excelsior Rocketry. My nieces love it!!

  2. Thunder

    Get it

    This is the first rocket I have ever build and it was easy

  3. D


    fun to build. fun to launch. fun all around. great rocket.

  4. Don

    No brainer

    The all time classic ,I must have built 5 of these since I started way back when .Flies strait, Looks super cool love the red max chute! Glad they keep this one around.

  5. Rocket Master


    This is a classic estes rocket that all rocket lovers should have. It is a cool design that is easy, yet fun to build. Perfect for those who may still be new to rocketry. This is a must have rocket and I would highly recommend it

  6. Oliver


    this is a great rocket and good at flying I had lots of fun

  7. Steven

    great rocket

    easy to build and great to fly.

  8. tim

    this is an amazing worth the effort prduct

    i highly suggest the 000651 – Der Red Max™ it flies great and it is simple to make. GREAT PRODUCT!

  9. Robert

    love it

    The colors and size is perfect it flies straight and true what a beautiful rocket. The only downside is the water slide stickers that’s not really a big deal for the performance of this beauty

  10. mrbobsshow

    excellent rocket

    This is a excellent rocket for the beginner or intermediate builder. This is the 6th or 7th rocket Ive built in the last 2 months and love it one downside is the water slide stickers otherwise a great rocket

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