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Mega Der Red Max Model Rocket Kit -- Pro Series II E2X -- #9705

Estes Rockets Mega Der Red Max Model Rocket Kit -- Pro Series II E2X -- #9705
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Product Description

This is the Mega Der Red Max Rocket Kit from the Pro Series II by Estes. _ Suitable for Ages 18 & Up. Skill Level: Pro Series Rocket Kit.

Product Features
  • Flies up to 500 feet (152m).
  • 30" nylon parachute recovery.
  • Laser cut plywood fins.
  • Wood laminating sheets.
  • Through the wall fin mounting (with wood being laminated ove plywood for superior strength).
  • Mega-sized replica of Der Red Max waterslide decals.
  • One year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launching instructions.
Product Specifications
  • Skill level: Pro Series
  • Length: 40" (101.6cm)
  • Diameter: 4" (10.2cm)
  • Weight: 31oz. (878.9g)
  • Recovery: 30" nylon parachute
  • Altitude: 500ft (152m)
What's Included

One model rocket

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Good, Albeit Conservative, Intro to Mid-Power
By clown2theleft March 23, 2013
The Estes Mega Der Red Max takes a common upscale, and puts it into kit form. At first glance, it's awesome in size, and for the flier accustomed to 24mm as being a big motor, it is. Obviously designed around the low impulse G's Estes has commissioned Aerotech to make for them, it has many weight-saving attributes: light airframe and nose cone, and balsa laminate fins, which, while TTW as one would expect, have a 1/8 ply core with a small tab which interlocks with the middle centering ring. The instructions use bizarre methods which, if followed, will result in weaker fin-to-MMT attachment than necessary--leaving off the aft CR and retainer to affix internal fillets would be preferred. The butting of balsa sheets end-to-end, then cutting out as appropriate and laminating to the plywood core makes for a fat, light fin, but finishing this is a chore (as there's inevitably seams to fill), and there's a lot of scrap balsa left over. The shock cord is typical Estes: far too short, and of elastic instead of nylon or Kevlar. Shock cord attachment points are absent, save a slot in the upper centering ring, through which it appears as though they would like the elastic slid, with terminal point being epoxied to the MMT (I say appears because I added a U-bolt on both those I built without consulting the instructions). With the weight saved, however, one can make use of higher-thrust, and higher-impulse reloadable 29mm motors to good benefit to speed and altitude. Bigger G's and small to medium H's do this rocket well, and there's ample room to cram in a baby I, if you've got the cajones --and recovery area-- for it... I'd recommend this for the flier accustomed to Mid or High power rocketry, who already owns reloadable hardware and is used to building and flying rockets using their own developed methods.
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A really big, great flier!!
By marwady July 19, 2013
If you are familiar with the Der Red Max family and don't have this one, by all means, get it! I had a blast building it and it flies great. My first flight was on an Aerotech RMS G64 and it nearly went out of sight. Next will be on a F52 so I can at least see the apogee and deployment. Anyone who sees this rocket for the first time just goes WOAH!! including myself.
Was this review helpful to you? 43 of 43 people found this review helpful
Mega Der Red Max
By jef955 June 26, 2013
Pretty much second everything stated already. I didn't care for the balsa over plywood fin construction, although I understand why they designed it that way. If you don't put plenty of even pressure on the fin as it dries (and wait long enough), they WILL warp. Mine did warp a little bit, but I don't think it will affect it's flight performance. It seems to be somewhat of a common problem with these. I sandwiched the fins between 2 peices of granite tile, with about 20 pounds on top, with wax paper between the fin and the tile, and after 24 hr. dry time they still warped. I also added an eyelet in the top centering ring of mine also, for a more sturdy, replaceable shock cord system. My first motor will be an aerotech G64-4, which I hope to use soon!
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Okay, now where's the PSII Goblin?
By wallyum May 28, 2014
Estes did a wonderful job of reading minds with the Mega Red Max. Deep into my Max addiction, there was no way I could not own this rocket, even though it was fairly pricey compared to my usual rocket purchases. I sidestepped that issue by asking for it as a Christmas gift, and after the holiday madness, started construction in earnest. It wasn't my first mid-power kit, and I had previously built a PSII Ventris, but the big Max was a whole different ballgame. Butt-gluing the big sections of balsa wasn't terrible. I used waxed paper and just enough wood glue to bond the two pieces, then set them under a stack of heavy books for a week. A WEEK. Tough on the patience, but worked like a charm. For my second trick I cut the six fin covers out of the butt-glued balsa, then one by one attached the skins to the skeletal fin frames. This required using epoxy, and taught me a couple of things. 1) Don't be sloppy with the epoxy. 2) Keep any epoxy from leaking out onto the fin tabs. 3) Make sure things don't move once you have them in place and have them under the heavy stack of books. 4) Epoxy is slippery until it sets up. I left the fins under the books overnight, and by morning some shifting had occurred, but it wasn't fatal. I was lucky. Construction from this point is like any other mid-power kit, as is filleting, filling, priming, sanding, and painting. The next trouble area came in the guise of decal application. The decals look great, but they grab quickly and can be fragile. I sprayed mine with a couple of coats of Testors Decal Bonder for extra strength. The big wrap decal came apart on me, and it was only through a life of puzzle construction that I got things back in place to the point that you can't tell from ten feet out. My advice would be to let the decals soak to the point that they're almost ready to float free on their own. The standard drop of dishwashing liquid in the water didn't hurt either. Another thing that helped was buying a shallow Tupperware container big enough to fit the decals. Mine has now been pressed into service as a backup range box.
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Product Tags
Fin Type : Wooden Fins (136)
Engine Mount : 29mm (ARO F, G) (29)
Rocket Height : Over 36'' (53)
Recovery : Parachute (222)
Max Altitude : Under 500 ft (17)
Stages : Single Stage (214)
Manufacturer Comments

Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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