Der Big Red Max with Box
Estes 9721 Der Big Red Max Straight
Estes 9721 Der Big Red Max Box
Estes 9721 Der Big Red Max Up Flame
Estes 9721 Der Big Red Max Side Flame
Estes 9721 Der Big Red Max Recovery
Estes 9721 Der Big Red Max Flight
Estes 9721 Der Big Red Max Parts

Der Big Red Max™

SKU: 009721

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


The Der Big Red Max rocket has been a classic favorite for years, and now you can experience it in a smaller 3-inch diameter version! Here are some of the key features and benefits:

  • Long slow lift-offs. The Red Max is known for its impressive liftoffs, and the smaller 3-inch diameter version delivers the same performance. Imagine 3.5 seconds of smoke and fury on an Estes F15-4 motor!
  • Fun to build. Building the Red Max is just as fun as flying it. The rocket features thru-the-wall fins that make assembly and alignment easy, while also giving it extra strength.
  • Durable construction. With its sturdy design, the Red Max can withstand multiple launches, so you can fly it over and over again.
  • Special parachute. Only Red Max rockets come with their own special printed Skull & Bones 18 inch parachute. Thus, adding to the rocket's unique and fun design.

Whether you're an experienced rocket enthusiast or a beginner, the Red Max rocket is a great choice for your next launch.

What You Need to Fly

Porta-Pad E Launch Pad and Pro Series II Launch Controller, Estes model rocket engines, starters and Pro Series II Recovery Wadding.
Six C 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries (sold separately)

Technical Specifications

  • Recommended Engines

E16-4, F15-4
  • Launch System

Porta-Pad E
  • Projected Max Altitude

1100 ft. (335 m)
  • Recovery System

18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute
  • Length

29.9 in. (75.9 cm)
  • Diameter

3 in. (76 mm)
  • Weight

14.5 oz. (411 g)
  • Fin Material

Laser Cut Balsa Wood

Needed to Build (sold separately)

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews

Always 5 🌟

Mark Newton
This kits tests the limits of available Estes motors. I

This kits tests the limits of available Estes motors. I was concerned about the flex of the fins, so I reinforced them with paper covers--much better. Otherwise a straightforward kit at the Advanced level. Would not recommend this kit for people without 10-12 kits under their belt. Through the wall fins mean that centering rings don't need to be anything more than cardstock-flight loads borne by fins. Good lightweight design for the recommended motors.

Mark Lyons
Nice up-scale to a favorite! Only downside are the "decals"

Nice up-scale to a favorite! Only downside are the "decals" Never been a fan of peel and stick. For the $, waterslide would be great. Still a cool rocket! For those who can't figure out the decal placement, or building the fins, must have missed the "Advanced" rating. Good Job, Estes!