U.S. Army Patriot M-104

(58 customer reviews)

U.S. Army Patriot M-104

(58 customer reviews)

What a classic! That’s what you’ll get with the Estes U.S. Army Patriot M-104 rocket that dominated the skies in the past. This 1:10 scale model rocket of the desert hero and mother of all air defense missiles is based on the U.S. Army’s M-104 surface-air missile. Blast 600 feet high using the Estes standard model rocket engines.


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The U.S. Army Patriot M-104, is the best kit to build for your first scale model rocket. This Desert Storm Veteran features a top notch, two piece body tube, and genuine-looking self-stick decals. It’s easy to build and can be finished in a morning or afternoon.

This classic scale model can fly 600 feet high on Estes standard model rocket engines and recovers with a 12 inch parachute. Don’t have this one? Get it! It’s a scale ARMY classic that every rocketeer should have in his rocket arsenal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (gloss red) 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

600 ft. (183 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


21.3 in. (54.1 cm)


1.64 in. (42 mm)

Estimated Weight

2 oz. (56.7 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (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.

58 reviews for U.S. Army Patriot M-104

  1. Owen

    I love the design.

  2. Frederick Thomas

    Easy to build. A challenge to finish. I used white primer, then gloss white. I hand painted the red but it did nit adhere to the gloss white. Soooo, I removed the red with painters tape(most came right off) and sanded the areas that were yellow and red. I used brush on Testors gloss red and gloss yellow. I came out really nice. The self stick decals are a challenge to get on perfectly. After I completed the rocket, I saw a video from Apogee Rockets showing how to dip the self stick decals into some water with a little dish soap in it. I will try that next time. The rocket came out looking really sweet and is a nice item for my Estes scale collection.

  3. Rocket Guru

    The Estes U.S. Army Patriot M-104 also has great ‘Kit Bash’ potential, for a down sized, discontinued Estes BT-80 based Phoenix of the 1980’s. Have fun, with this “Kit Bash’ mod, it will be impressive.

  4. Rocket Guru

    The Estes U.S.ARMY Patriot M-104, is a great semi scale model rocket. My brother had one, so I had to build mine differently, up powering to take 24mm motors and goes over 1,000 feet on a E motor. I used an Estes 9751 24mm Motor Retainer, for a real nice install and looks minimal diameter.

  5. John Cudworth

    I had this model in the mid 1990s. Flew good with a C6-5, and then added a 24mm engine holder and rings, and flew nicely on a D12-5. Unfortunately , did not remove the center of the parachute, and it went across the main road, and was lost in a swamp.

  6. scott

    A must have!

    I have built/lost this rocket on several occasions and it is still one of my all time favorites. Assembly is very quick and simple, ready to fly in a couple of hours. She flies high and straight every time. It seems to go a little higher than 600 feet on a C6-7, so make sure you have a large field.

  7. Collin

    my favroite rocket

    this has been one of my favorite rockets of all time. It always soared up perfectly and never failed. After a good 10 launches the fin broke off(I used plain old Elmer’s) it still flew great for another 10+ flights until it broke from me firing it a couple times sideways and hitting things. Still intact, just needs a few quick fixes!

  8. Kruegon

    Missile Fix

    I’ve been a missile junkie for years. Model versions of real missiles have always attracted me. My collection includes more than a few. This was a wonderful addition to my collection. I love watching it fly. A missile designed to protect people from harm is a great lesson for us all. What better way to celebrate this than with a model Patriot missile? I’ve had mine for years. I’ll be flying it for many years to come one of my favorite rockets.

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