Mean Machine™

(56 customer reviews)

Mean Machine™

(56 customer reviews)

Mean, lean and wicked! D and E engine powered at its finest! Breaks down for easy transport.


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The Mean Machine standing almost 80 inches tall is one TALL rocket and to make transport to the launch field easier, the clever rocket designers developed a unique twist lock connector set that allows you to take your rocket apart right in the middle!

This legendary rocket is an Advanced skill level kit! We’ve just updated the decor and think you will love it as much as we do! This high performance rocket can be flown on our powerful Estes D and E model rocket engines with the included engine spacer and can top out at about 700 feet. A colorful 24 inch parachute is included for recovery. This rocket kit is another of the favorite classics that no model rocket enthusiast should be without!

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

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

700 ft. (213 m)

Recovery System

24 in. (61 cm) Parachute


79 in. (200.7 cm)


1.64 in. (42 mm)

Estimated Weight

8.5 oz. (241 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

2 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)


Twist-lock Coupler

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad II and E Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size

3/16" Maxi Rod (sold separately)

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.

56 reviews for Mean Machine™

  1. Rocket Guru

    The Estes Mean Machine has been out since the 1980’s, used to weigh 5.8 oz., and is up in weight to 8.5 oz because of the new quick disconnect for easier transportation. The Estes 24mm D & E motors are great for larger launch venues, but for more smoke and fire try modifying to 3x18mm motors. You will have more diversity for smaller launch venues from 3x Estes B4-2s, B6-4’s, C5-3’s, C6-3 and C6-5’s. For larger venues dare to use composite motors such as 18mm C18’s, or D9’s and watch the Estes Mean Machine go out of sight.

  2. mr rocket

    sweet rocket. fun to build paint and fly, it is so tall. tall fun

  3. Cliff

    I had one of these in the 70’s and I really enjoyed watching it take off. Every few launches I had to replace a section of tubing because it would buckle from it’s weight when I caught it. It came with one parachute, but I made two slightly smaller ones which helped slow it’s decent. I painted mine black with gold fins and nose cone. If I’m correct it was supposed to fly to 700 feet. 👍🚀

  4. Nick J.

    I’m 32 years old, and loved model rockets as a kid.

    I got my step-son a model rocket starter set for his birthday, and when we shot one I remembered just how amazing it was.

    I immediately went to buy the biggest rocket and biggest engines I could buy, and was surprised to find “E” and “F” engines along with the 6 fire tall “Mean Machine”.

    I decided to go with the “E” engine, as I’ve made dozens of “D” size rockets and even two stage rockets as a kid…I’m hoping I’m still able to make these bigger rockets.

    It was pretty easy to put together, and the twist lock that lets you take it apart is awesome…I’m gonna paint and clear coat it soon.

    I haven’t shot it off yet, but I’m sure it will be impressive!

  5. aaron from tacoma (verified owner)

    its a fun rocket to fly. if your like me and like to apply a smooth base-coat/clear paint etc the rocket becomes heavy due to its size. because of this two problems come to play one is the parachute and cord will fail or brake because of the weight, second is the structural failure towards the base of the rocket when it lands this is due to its descending rate increasing. this can be alleviated by using a nylon parachute and a better shock chord. I advice something bigger chute size than what is provided in the kit. Please remember this advice is for those like me who love to make a rocket look nice and tend to build them on the heavy side. A site to see taking off. this rocket is amazing. PS use a ball bearing swivel to mount your parachute youll thank me later.

  6. richard


    The mean machine is an incredible rocket. Once i built it i was surprised how tall it was in person. It flies great on D and E engines.

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