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. Keith

    Great classic

    I love this rocket. I have one of every scale Estes makes. It is a very stable flyer. I always get compliments at the club launches.

  2. Ryan

    the best classic

    one of my favorite estes rockets. always flies great, looks awesome, its a winner, get this one!

  3. Mitch


    Kids and I really enjoy this rocket! Looks awesome, flies straight, and sturdy enough to land on anything.

  4. Pw102


    A time tested favorite of mine. This model has been around for a long time and looks like its still going strong. I launched this same model back in the 70s and even then it was a true flyer. I GIVE IT A 10.

  5. Louis

    Both my Son and I love it

    My son (age 4) built this rocket together and he enjoys it. I enjoyed doing this when I was young and I am glad I could introduce this to him. He was interested in helping the through out the whole process – from sanding to gluing to painting. He loves the skulls and the fact that we both enjoy pirates doesn’t hurt! A great rocket for beginners that looks great!

  6. todd


    I love this rocket I think this is the prize one of all of my rockets and is a great build.

  7. Louie (verified owner)

    A true classic

    This is a must have for all Estes collectors…Easy to build and a great flyer. I have all the Red Max rockets and they will always be classic.

  8. Eric


    This is such a great rocket. The build is pretty straightforward, just follow the instructions. It looks really cool too. The flight is great and I would recommend this rocket to just about anyone.

  9. Gyes

    Great Design

    There’s a reason why you can get a mini and mega sized version of this kit – Der Red Max is a solid performer and all the little details (decals, color, unique parachute) make it look great. You won’t get much altitude with B engines (which makes for a good first launch to gauge the wind), but C engines push this kit up to the limits for smaller fields. Building this one isn’t hard, but there are a lot of decals. If you haven’t applied waterside decals before, you may want to build one with fewer decals first – the Hornet comes to mind. If you don’t have this one, you are missing out on an iconic build.

  10. Gregory

    Timeless clssic

    Possibly the most recognized bird on the field. Great reliable flights. Does fair on a B and moves out using a C. Would also be a good first rocket in my opinion. I hope is never goes away.

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