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. zach

    Great Rocket

    This rocket fly’s very well. I love the way it looks too. The rocket is totally worth every penny you spend. If you don’t have it get it.

  2. Linux

    Great classic!

    This classic is a great display item, but flies superb!!!!! Will definitely buy more in the future.

  3. Jason

    Amazing Recovery

    This is my favorite rocket now. Low altitude, means I get it back. Heavy for its size means slow, deliberate take offs. Just a joy to watch going up.

    But the best part? The recovery! Watching this rocket on a C coast over at apogee, hold for a second, deploy a chute, and then getting to watch it fall a few feet while that big Skull And Crossbones chute unfolds…

    What can I say, it’s a winner all around.

    If you don’t have one, get one, it’s that simple.

  4. mike

    my favorite!

    Always impressive, just a pleasure to build and love reaction of folks that see it and watch it fly,even got my retired father into the hobby with this one.. You must own at least one of these, sons friends have bought & brought to our workshop to build we will soon have a neighborhood fleet of red der max’s!

  5. limojoe

    Great Rocket

    Awesome rocket. 10 launches and counting. Great Design!

  6. Joe

    Estes did it again

    This very slick, mean, and amazing rocket is a crowd pleaser. It’s a very big rocket, and its easy to build. I find this rocket one of Estes coolest rockets.

  7. john


    This is a always reliable crowd pleaser, it is one of my only rockets that hasn’t been in a tree. It goes out of sight on “B” engines.

  8. paddington

    pure awesomeness

    I got this as my first rocket and I built it pretty fast but the real joy is launching it and seeing it up in the sky then trying to run and catch it when it lands. This rocket has pretty mild instructions. Good for beginners like me.

  9. Your mom

    Epic rocket

    This is a must have for any rocketeer. Ranging from beginner to expert. I got this rocket for my son and he absolutely loves it!

  10. Ryan

    sweet kit!

    this rocket flies perfectly straight every time you fly it. there is now way anyone who flies rockets would’nt love this kit. everybody should have a der red max!

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