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. James

    Flown 30 times and still going

    The patriot is a great looking rocket and holds up extremely well. I have flown mine over 30 times and it is still going strong. I would recommend this kit to anyone. You will enjoy it.

  2. David

    Fun build that flies great!

    I built this kit about 4 weeks ago. Very straightforward build that follows the typical skill level 1 build procedure. Resist the urge to round the fins. Sure it impedes performance to leave them squared but it really gives it a great look and a sense of “authenticity” to the kit.

    My only critique is that it comes with adhesive decals (as opposed to waterslide) making it a touch more difficult to get the accents just right. It still comes out as a great looking model though.

    I made this kit twice in the span of 2 weeks (the first one wound up in a power line after ignoring my instinct not to fly due to winds). The first time I made this kit I did so to practice some mid/high power building techniques (slightly diluted wood filler instead of sanding sealer on balsa parts, epoxy fillets, swivel on the chute, etc). If I wanted a 4 second delay I really needed the kick of a B6 to get it moving due to the extra weight. The second I did with some slightly lighter construction techniques and I could do some nice small field park flying on a B4-4; the liftoffs were on the slow “dramatic” side. After making one attempt on an A8-3 engine with my lighter, second build, I agree with Estes in that I do NOT recommend flying with anything lower than a “B” engine..

    All in all, if you’re looking to build a scale or semi-scale model that both modelers and non-modelers will appreciate and can be an enjoyable park flier without breaking the bank, I recommend this kit.

  3. Speedster


    I have launched it multiple times. I use the largest for the model C6-7 engines and it goes super high super fast. Since it goes so high with large engines I recommend tilting the rocket launch pad slightly into the wind and when the parachute deploys it will float to you.

  4. Maxi Rod Mark

    50 Flights

    I built my Patriot about twenty years ago and it still flies today. The shock cord has been replaced twice, parachute four times and the fins repaired multiple times. This is one tough rocket. Perhaps I’ll build another one in ten years.

  5. professorhavoc

    Highly Recommended

    As always, I had a blast putting this rocket together. When I got to the field, I discovered I had no B4-4 motors in my ammo box. The only thing I had was several C6-5 motors, and so I gave it a go, given that there was no wind. The rocket swiftly disappeared out of sight, and I did not see it again until it began to descend about 40 seconds later. This rocket was a blast to fly, and I advise against the larger parachute. This rocket is tough, and letting the model stay up in the air for longer is just asking for it to be lost.

  6. Jim


    Amazing. I got mine as the launch set as it was my first rocket when we launch it. It disapeared into the cloads as we where on a C6-5 meaning it went about 600 feet but Im sure it went much higher, and it just floated back down safely. Great first rocket!!!

  7. Ron

    very well designed rocket

    I was impressed with how structurally strong the rocket was as I was building it. Using 2 tubes and couplers really stiffened it up and it should last a long time if cared for. I missed the part where I was supposed to attach the fins 3/16″ from the tail but it doesnt affect its performance. Went higher than anticipated on a C6-5. very cool and one of my favorites

  8. NJS97


    Bought this rocket assembly was a blast painting was fun got three great launches did not lose it either great rocket recomend for anyone

  9. Mr. Anderson

    Great Rocket

    This is a very easy to build, reliable rockete. Flies to great heights> I would recommend using a larger parachute to slow down the descent.

  10. Compy11707


    Nice. Just what I was looking for. A classic rocket that won’t let size get it down. A large rocket, easy to assemble. Suggest using white, school glue, model glue is absorbed by the cardboard. Durable nose cone, strong and versatile. Two thumbs up!!!!!

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