Red Nova™

(4 customer reviews)

Red Nova™

(4 customer reviews)

Over 21 inches tall. D engine powered! 15 inch parachute recovery.


Availability: In stock

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D engine powered and a great four fin design rocket! The Red Nova stands 21.6 inches tall and can reach an altitude of 800 feet. Once again, a well designed kit and comes with the standard high quality parts Estes is known for! Precision laser cut wood fins. High quality body tube. Plastic nose cone. Colorful pre-assembled parachute. Impressive waterslide decals.

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

800 ft. (244 m)

Recovery System

15 in. (38.1 cm) Parachute


21.6 in. (54.9 cm)


1.64 in. (42 mm)

Estimated Weight

3 oz. (85 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

4 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

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.

4 reviews for Red Nova™

  1. RaySitz

    I started with the basic kit and customized it to fly 24mm AP motors. So – built an extended motor mount to put all the fins thru the body tube, adding a Kevlar shock cord to it, duplicated the fins so as to add a tab for thru the body tube. Had to change the nose cone to my longest BT-60 spare to reduce the needed added weight – It still took a lot of weight at the tip of that long nose cone to get the CG 2″ forward of the CP with the heaviest possible engine!

    Painted it red, black and metallic silver and put rail guides on it. Has to be the smallest rocket using rail guides in all our club. Looks out of place on an 8′ rail, BUT it sure takes off with authority and makes it’s presences known with an F44!!!

    I was impressed you could do so much starting with just this basic kit.

  2. Clint Waltz (verified owner)

    Awesome sounding take-off that leaves you breathless with a nice soft, descent. I use D-engines in a small field and it’s probably my favorite rocket at the moment. Oh yeah, it was fun to build and customize your own paint scheme!

  3. Philip Dougan

    Simple build that looks great, I’ve flown 5-6 times without any damage. Have thoughts of purchasing a 2nd and modify as a 2 stage or increase motor size or maybe Estes will upscale for E & F motors.

  4. Lee

    Very Good Kit

    Very easy to get together. Getting the fins straight was the most difficult part of this kit. I liked the decals. Can’t wait to get out and fly this bird………..

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