Mercury Redstone 4/ Liberty Bell 7

(32 customer reviews)

Mercury Redstone 4/ Liberty Bell 7

(32 customer reviews)

Recreate the excitement of the early days of NASA with this stunning 1:34 scale replica of Mercury Redstone (MR-4) and Gus Grissom’s Liberty Bell 7. The finished model stands nearly 29 inches tall with laser-cut, layered balsa fins. Topped with a detailed plastic scale model of the historic Mercury spacecraft.


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When Gus Grissom climbed into the cockpit of his Mercury spacecraft on the morning of July 21, 1961, he was ready for an adventure. Grissom’s Mercury mission (MR-4) was the second of the series, and like Alan Shephard before him, it was a sub-orbital lob. The Redstone rocket would take Gus and his spacecraft, dubbed Liberty Bell 7, above the atmosphere, but not quite fast enough to achieve orbit. The launch was on time and perfect, as was the short period of weightless flight, and re-entry through the atmosphere. Liberty Bell 7 deployed its main parachute as expected and landed within two miles of the Navy recovery team. Gus secured the spacecraft and waited to be rescued. However, without warning, the explosive hatch blew off and the spacecraft begin to take on water. Grissom escaped but nearly drowned in his spacesuit. Liberty Bell 7 filled with seawater and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. It was the only NASA spacecraft ever lost at sea.

The Estes Mercury Redstone is an impressive 1:34 scale model of the historic NASA spacecraft and rocket. The finished kit stands nearly 29 inches tall and features laser-cut, layered balsa fins and a molded plastic model of Grissom’s Liberty Bell 7 and it’s Launch Escape System (LES). The set of detailed water-slide decals even includes the distinctive white “crack” that Gus painted onto the side of his spacecraft to make it resemble the actual Liberty Bell. This Advanced kit is a “must have” for all serious model rocketeers! Put this one on the flight line and countdown to launch, and watch it reach altitudes up to 200 feet on a C6-3 engine. Rocket and spacecraft return together under a colorful 15 inch parachute, ready to prep and launch again.

As for the real Liberty Bell 7, in 1999 after resting silently beneath the Atlantic for 38 years, a recovery team located and raised the spacecraft from its 16,000-foot depth. Now restored, Gus Grissom’s once lost spacecraft is on display in a Kansas museum, a tribute to the memorable, early days of the U.S. space program.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, plastic cement, weight, hobby knife, primer (white), paint (black) 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 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

200 ft. (61 m)

Recovery System

15 in. (38.1 cm) Parachute


28.6 in. (72.6 cm)


2.05 in. (52 mm)

Estimated Weight

3.7 oz. (104.9 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

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.

32 reviews for Mercury Redstone 4/ Liberty Bell 7

  1. Charles

    Bring back the Classics

    I am in line for this one and any other Classics you guys want to re-issue. Thanks very much!

  2. Henry

    Great old Rocket Kit!

    I still have one that was build about 30 years ago. I still launch it sometimes and it is Great! Flew it this summer with a friend who has a Saturn 5. Side by side on the launch pad. Will surely get one of the new ones.

  3. Brian

    Very Nice

    I am looking forward to a great build with this one. Thank you for bringing back this classic.

  4. buil

    looks great!

    i wanna get this as soon as it comes out! Loved this on back in the day!

  5. James

    Classics ….bring em back

    Good to see classics coming back…..Saturn any one?

  6. Dr. Roy

    Great Expectations!

    Outstanding choice! As a demonstration rocket for your club/school event to your go-to flyer at a NAR section launch, this will be a great rocket…An opportunity to relive history with ever launch (and learn something along the way)! While it’s a bit worse for the wear from all its historic launches, our Gus Grissom, Liberty Bell edition is still a crowd pleaser! I expect this new edition of our nation’s first manned rocket will be equally well received!

  7. Dannymrmissile


    Glad to finally see this one back. And at a GRRREAT Price! Stock up, ESTES!!! ……………


    oh yeah!

    I built a previous Estes version more than 25 years ago (has had half a dozen great flights, and a little worn and dirty)- now a new version is coming out! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! When?!

  9. The Wrocketman

    Nice Historical Kit!

    I have built both of the 2 previous versions of this kit and they are beautiful on display and in the air. Molded capsule parts are really nice and there is a bit of sanding with the balsa fins, but overall a pretty straightforward build.

    I even launched one on May 5th, 2011 @ 9:36am in honor of the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephards original Sub-Orbital flight. Unfortunately, both of my previous versions came to early and untimely ends (due to no fault of their own), so I am looking forward to buying this reasonably priced new version. Sign me up for one of the first ones off the packaging line! Thanks for bringing it back.

  10. Louie

    awesome re-release

    another one of Estes classics is making a comeback….I have been waiting for this…..Can’t wait to get one again. Thank-you Estes.

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