001403 – Riptide™ Launch Set

(39 customer reviews)


Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Ready to Fly)

No assembly required means you are at the launch sight quick! Featuring a really cool chrome nose cone and fins, the Riptide is one cool rocket!


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Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Ready to Fly)

The Estes Riptide Launch Set contains almost everything you need for hours of high flying fun! This shiny rocket is completely assembled by specially trained craftsman and is ultra aerodynamic and has totally awesome highly reflective blue chrome colored fins and nose cone.

The Riptide stands 18 inches tall. When launched on our Estes standard model rocket engines, it can reach heights over 650 feet and returns smoothly on a colorful 12 inch parachute.

Rip through the sky with your own ready to fly Riptide!

LAUNCH SYSTEM includes Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller.

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

675 ft. (206 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


18 in. (45.7 cm)


1.35 in. (34 mm)

Estimated Weight

2.7 oz. (76.5 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

15 Minutes (painting and glue drying time not included)


Chrome Components

Fin Materials


Decal Type


Launch System

Includes 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.

39 reviews for 001403 – Riptide™ Launch Set

  1. Kejoh99

    Awesome and Easy!

    This rocket was easy to set up and even easier to fly! I got it for my birthday and shot it off a while later. It is a great buy!

  2. modelrocketman

    riptide set

    great rocket as well as a great launch set! gives you everything you need!

  3. 1NME

    Great intro to model rockets!

    I got this launch set for my daughter after I could not find all my rocket stuff from the 80’s that I had as a kid. The rocket is a smidge heavy for a 12″ parachute but it is easier to get to land close to the launch site but does come down fast enough to require a soft landing site like grass and not dirt. Many flights with B motors and able to get to land close to launch pad and has a slower more dramatic take off. If you want altitude this rocket can go high too. The color scheme makes it easy to see also. I recommend this launch set for a great introduction to rocketry.

  4. donno

    very cool

    i got it and it goes high

  5. Caley


    The quality of this rocket and launch pad is awesome

  6. Jonny

    Perfect starter set!

    Just getting back into rocketry after about 25 years! Bought this for my sons and have been having a fantastic time with it. Almost no assembly required. 6 perfect flights so far. Great to be back in the hobby!

  7. Mactruck

    Great first rocket

    Got this for my Son (he is 4 years old) for Christmas. It worked great for the first three launches then it landed in a tree. We had to go out and buy another rocket. Great product and I would recommend it to every first timer.

  8. Derek

    Great Rocket! Stellar Customer Service!!!

    What a great set! Everything you need to get kids interested in rocketry. Side note: on the second launch, the rocket didn’t leave the launch pad, due to soot on the launch rod. This caused the engine to melt a hole in the deflector plate. I posted a review as such. The stellar customer service is evident in the email I just received: the company is mailing me a new deflector plate!

  9. Jake the cake

    cute animals

    It was a cute rocket, I am holding it’s funeral on Tuesday, invitation are at your door step. “She was a good rocket, flew in a tree, (sob) And now she’s gone!!!!!”

  10. Jacob


    This was my first time and it was really easy to assemble and went high, it is a good rocket for beginners

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