009721 – Der Big Red Max™

(13 customer reviews)


Pro Series II – Advanced

Everyone builds and flies the family of Der Red Max rockets. Make sure your own collection includes our newest 3 inch diameter, 29 inch tall version! Includes 29mm engine mount with no forward retainer ring allowing a wide variety of engine choices.

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Pro Series II – Advanced

New to the Red Max family, this 3 inch diameter version will deliver the long slow lift-offs that Red Max is famous for. Imagine 3.5 seconds of smoke and fury on an Estes F15-4! And Big Red is not just fun on the flying field, he’s fun to build too. Thru-the-wall fins make assembly and alignment easy while giving this rocket extra strength so you can fly it over and over. And only Red Max rockets come with their own special printed Skull & Bones 18 inch parachute.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, wax paper, epoxy, yellow glue, sanding block, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (red, black) and clear coat (optional). Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Porta-Pad E Launch Pad and Pro Series II Launch Controller, Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Six C 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

1100 ft. (335 m)

Recovery System

18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute


29.9 in. (75.9 cm)


3 in. (76 mm)

Estimated Weight

14.5 oz. (411 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

2 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad E Launch Pad and Pro Series II Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size


Age Recommendation

Estes Pro Series II rocket kits are recommended for boys and girls ages 18+ with adult supervision for those under 18, and rocketeers of all ages.

13 reviews for 009721 – Der Big Red Max™

  1. Dave Reiff

    I built the original Der Red Max back in the 70’s… one of my all time favorite model rockets. When I saw a version available in the pro series II, I purchased it immediately. The size of this model is colossal and looks very impressive on display. A great value for the price. I thought this kit was engineered perfectly and very easy to put together. The fins didn’t give me any problems using the instructions provided, but I used plenty of sanding sealer to hide the balsa grain for a professional look. I would love to see more of the vintage kits turned into the Pro series II.

  2. Philip Dougan (verified owner)

    Fin design & decals aside – both of which are easily rectified this is a pretty good kit. Mods exist for improvement or some simple do-it-yourself options. While this isn’t the MDRM of yore it’s a pretty good kit that with a little effort can be turned into a 5-Star kit.

  3. Andrew Tomasch

    Is the airframe tube pre-slotted?

  4. Richard Spitler (verified owner)

    Where do the decals go? There are 6 sides to the fins but only 3 shown? Where do the Motorverkens go? Where does the Nicht Stompen go? And where does the large skull go?

  5. Richard Spitler (verified owner)

    I can’t figure out which decals go where on the fins? 6 sides and only 3 shown? Where does the large skull go? Where do the Motorverkens decals go? Where does the nicht Stompen decal go?

  6. Rocket Guru

    Nice 29mm rocket for Level 1 Cert. Upgrade the plastic parachute with a 18″ nylon chute, laminate the fins with paper and C/A for less fin flutter at Max Q. Upgrade the the center rings with plywood centering rings. Hint, adding a baffle for chute life, tube couplers the full length and up powering to 38mm.

  7. Mac Edwards

    So I wish someone would show what the 3 piece fin is? IS it a ply frame that has balsa then lam’d to it? Are these slit tube installs? Besdies the fin issue, any other comments? And estes, you planning a re-boot to improve fins? Clearance the old design and upgrade fins……

  8. Dan

    If this is true about the 3 piece fins, I respectfully agree with the guy complaining. While you Can get the Big Red Max for $30 bucks at wholesale outlets, if these fins are 3 piece, perhaps that’s why it’s affordable. Still, I’ve been doing this for 54 years now !,, and building their new multi piece BT-60 Honest John kit was such a Nightmare, I tossed the fins and just cut single piece ones from regular balsa. I know the John fins were for scale sanding/detailing,,, but it wasn’t a Horrible design, not worth the trouble. C’mon Estes,,, wake up. Thanks…..

  9. John F. (verified owner)

    Great kit. Love the lightweight construction, looking forward to seeing it liftoff on an F15!

  10. Kevin

    What happened? Those fins are horribly designed on this kit. For the money, I would have expected the fins to be one piece, not three separate pieces. If Estes is going to use inferior materials in their designs, I’ll spend my money elsewhere. This kit is with $30 at most, not $50.

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