DER RED MAX Classic Model Rocket Kit

This Der Red Max Model Rocket Kit by Estes is designed for the Beginner (rocket skill level 1). This re-released classic stands over 16" tall, flies to over 550 feet, and lands softly with it's 18" parachute. Recommended for modelers 10 years of age and older.

Estes DER RED MAX Classic Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 1 #0651
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Features :
  • Soars up to 577ft (176m)
  • Parachute recovery
  • Designed for repeated launching durability
  • One year warranty.
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Spotlight Review

"Classic that belongs in every fleet"
wallyum (Ft. Thomas, KY)
My life with the DRM started innocently enough. I bought an Estes Screaming Mimi kit and used it to clone my first Max, going as far as to use an insanely complicated method to replicate the original decals. I flew this rocket on big fields and small, and it was really starting to show the effects of the rough life, so when Estes reintroduced the DRM, I decided to do it the official way for a change. The Max is a true classic, with an iconic look and great performance paired with a simple, rugged design. These days it has spurred a cottage industry with people using the original look as the basis for custom decal sets with pumpkins, rebels and storm troopers in place of the iconic skull. Every fleet should have a Max, a Bertha, an Alpha and a Goblin. From that point anything else is gravy.

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  • Soars up to 577ft (176m)
  • Parachute recovery
  • Designed for repeated launching durability
  • One year warranty.


  • Length: 16.25" (413mm)
  • Diameter: 1.64" (42mm)
  • Weight: 2.4oz (68g)
  • Recovery System: 18" parachute
  • Estes Product Number: 0651


  • One body tube
  • One sheet balsa fins
  • One nose cone
  • One decal
  • One instruction sheet

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"Der Red Max 40 years of fun"
liedekerl (Freeport, Mi)
I built this rocket as a kid and loved it. It flew so true and was so great that I lost it when I launched on a too windy of a day. So at 52 I bought another one. I love the look and performance. Before the year is out I plan to own the mini and mega Der Red Max. Buy all three. You won't regret it.

"Great Classic Kit"
Even if you don't remembmer this kit from the 70s & 80s Estes catalogs, it still is a must have. Great paint scheme, tongue-in-cheek decals, skull-and-crossbones 'chute and solid overall design make this one a winner!

fspangle (Springerville, AZ)
Beautiful flyer, strait as an arrow. Fun and easy to build. One of my first since getting back into rockets after fifteen odd years. The only thing this rocket needs is a bigger engine! It only takes standard A B or C engines. Think I'll get another one and mod it to take E engines, then let the fun begin.


The Der Red Max is a classic Estes model rocket and another of our most requested bring back models...and for good reason. Not only is this a uniquely decorated model, but this model performs as good as it looks. This is one of those model rockets that has a personality all its own!

Standing just a tad over 16 inches (41 cm) tall, the Max is one of our rockets that's a must have in your rocket arsenal. From the long, ballistic-shaped nose cone to the stubby fins and the truly unique decor, this rocket has attitude! Every launch with our standard engines will give you stellar flights over 700 feet (213 m). Recovery is accomplished with a colorful 18 inch (46 cm) preassembled parachute for safe landings

In addition to retaining all of the great looks and flying qualities of the original, this new version now features laser cut balsa fins for improved performance and has a waterslide decal set that replicates the original - including the totally cool skull and crossbones. Pick up a classic Der Red Max today and add it to your collection. You are sure to be the envy of all your model rocket buddies...until they get theirs.


For your safety and enjoyment, always follow the NAR Model Rocketry Safety Code while participating in any model rocketry activities.

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