Rank
#1

Estes 810 220 Swift Flying Model Rocket Kit,Brown/A

  • Package length: 20.32 cm
  • Package width: 10.16 cm
  • Package height: 1.27 cm
  • Product Type: TOYS AND GAMES

How To Choose The Best Model Rockets

Model rockets have been around since the early 1900s, but they haven't always been easy to build. They were originally made using wood and paper, but now they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are available as ready-to-fly kits or as parts. This article covers everything you need to know about model rockets, including what makes a good kit, where to get them, and how to fly them safely.

What Are Model Rockets?

Model rockets are small scale models of real rockets. They are made using plastic, metal, wood, foam, paper mache, clay, and even cardboard. The most common type of model rockets are called "kit" rockets because they come with all the parts needed to build the rocket. Most kit rockets are sold in sets of three pieces - an engine, a body, and fins. Kit rockets are popular among children because they are easy for young people to assemble and launch. However, there are many different types of model rockets available. There are hobbyist rockets, science fiction rockets, military rockets, and more!

Who Needs Model Rockets?

Model rockets are awesome. They're inexpensive, portable, and extremely versatile. But did you know that they're also incredibly dangerous?

That's right - model rockets are actually quite dangerous. Even though they look harmless, they contain chemicals that can cause serious injury if ingested. And while most injuries happen during launch, there are other dangers that could occur after the flight has ended.

The best thing you can do is learn how to safely handle these rockets before launching them. Here are five tips to ensure that you avoid any potential problems.

Make sure that you understand exactly what each step entails. Also, check the safety information included with the kit. Some models require special handling, such as being stored upright or away from heat sources.

These fuels can ignite easily and start fires. Instead, use water or vegetable oil.

Fireworks stores usually sell fire extinguishers to protect against this danger. However, if you live outside of a city, you may not have access to one.

Most fuses are designed to break when exposed to extreme temperature changes. So, never remove the fuse until the rocket has been launched.

These simple steps will help you avoid accidents and injuries. Now, let's take a closer look at the world of model rockets.

Rocketry is the hobby of building and flying homemade rockets. While model rockets are typically made from plastic, metal, or foam, they can be built using almost anything. From paper mache to wood, rockets can be constructed in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Rockets are divided into two categories based on size. Smaller rockets are called "bombers" and larger rockets are known as "rockets." Bombers are typically under 10 inches long and are intended for beginners. Rocketeers are generally over 12 inches long and are meant for experienced builders. Both types of rockets can fly in the air but differ in design.

The Importance Of Purchasing Quality Model Rockets

Model rockets have become increasingly popular among hobbyists since they were first introduced in the early 1900s. Today, model rockets are available in many different sizes and shapes. They come in a variety of colors, materials, and designs. There are even model rockets that are designed specifically for children. One thing that hasn't changed about model rockets is their affordability. This makes them perfect for beginners who want to learn how to fly a model rocket.

But just because something is affordable doesn't mean that it should be considered disposable. When buying a model rocket, it's important to buy one that is built to withstand the rigors of flying. A poorly constructed model rocket could end up breaking apart after being launched. So if you plan on launching your model rocket, make sure that it's built properly. Buy a kit that includes everything that you'll need to assemble your rocket. And when assembling your rocket, follow the instructions closely so that you don't risk damaging any of the components.

Another reason why it's important to purchase a quality model rocket is because it's fun. After building your model rocket, you'll want to launch it. Make sure that you do this safely by following the directions provided by the manufacturer. Never launch a model rocket near trees, power lines, buildings, or other structures. Doing so could damage your model rocket or injure people nearby.

If you've ever flown a model rocket, then you already know that it's a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of this opportunity by taking your kids along with you. Let them experience the thrill of flight. Plus, they'll love seeing the beautiful sights that nature provides.

Features To Consider When Buying Model Rockets

Safety. When you're building a model rocket, you want to make sure it's safe to fly. Check the instructions carefully to ensure that there are no warnings about flying near power lines or other hazards.

Ease of assembly. When you're assembling a model rocket, you want to make sure it's easy to put together. Some models may take longer than others, but they shouldn't be difficult to assemble. And if you're having trouble putting them together, check online for videos showing how to do it.

Fun factor. The fun part of building a model rocket isn't just the launch; it's the build itself. So, make sure that the kit contains enough parts to allow you to create something unique. Don't forget to add a few extras to give yourself more options later on.

Quality. When you're buying a model rocket, you want to make sure you're getting quality materials. Look for a kit that uses only the highest quality components available. This way, you know you're getting the most durable material possible.

Cost. When you're buying a model rocket, you want to make sure you're getting the best deal. That way, you can afford to experiment with new designs and techniques.

Different Types Of Model Rockets

Model rockets are small rockets that are launched by hand. They are inexpensive and fun to fly. They are also a great introduction to science and engineering. Here we will look at three main categories of model rockets.

Rocket Kits. Rocket kits consist of everything you need to build a complete rocket including motors, fins, and guidance systems. Rocket kits are usually sold in hobby shops and department stores. They are a good starting point for beginners because they include everything you need except propellant. Rocket kits are also fairly cheap.

Prebuilt Rockets. Prebuilt rockets are ready to launch right out of the box. They are preassembled and ready to go. They are usually sold in large quantities and are therefore quite affordable. They are also convenient since they don't require any assembly. Prebuilt rockets are a good option for experienced builders.

RTF rockets are fully assembled and ready to fly. They are usually sold in larger quantities and are therefore slightly more expensive than prebuilt models. They are also a bit trickier to assemble. RTF rockets are a good option for intermediate builders.

Rank
#2

Estes Hi-Flier Flying Model Rocket Kit

  • Be sure and keep your eye on this stream-lined missile as it climbs to amazing heights over 1,600 feet, and recovers with a fluorescent orange streamer
  • One of our most extreme, super performance model rockets you can own and can easily be built in one afternoon
  • Kit features laser cut wood fins, self-stick decals, streamer recovery
  • Estes model rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12
  • Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, a launch system, model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding are required - sold separately
Rank
#3

Estes 1381 Yankee Flying Model Rocket Kit

  • Country Of Origin: China
  • Model Number: 1381
  • Item Package Dimension: 12.0" L x 6.6" W x 1.0" H
  • Material: Plastic;Wood
Rank
#4

Estes 1295 Mean Machine Flying Model Rocket Kit

  • Over 6' Tall
  • Laser cut balsa fins
  • D and E engine powered
  • 24" Parachute recovery
  • Flies over 900'
Rank
#5

Estes 804 Firehawk Flying Model Rocket Kit

  • The package length is 31.242 centimeters
  • The package height is 2.032 centimeters
  • The package width is 11.176 centimeters
  • Package Weight : 0.1 pounds
Rank
#6

Estes 1250 Interceptor Flying Model Rocket Kit

  • An Estes classic
  • Full color decals
  • B and C engine powered
  • Over 2' Tall
  • Flies over 500'
Rank
#7

Estes Model Rockets Athena, Brown/a

  • High Performance Rocket. 16 " tall
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad with a 1/8 inch launch rod 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)
  • Ready to Fly
  • Flies on Estes Standard Engines
  • Flies up to 1100 '
Rank
#8

Estes Mini Mosquito, 1345 Model Rockets, Brown/a

  • Can soar upward of 800 feet
  • Stands 3.8 inches tall
  • Recommended engines: 1/4a3-3t (first launch), 1/2a3-2t, 1/2a3-4t, a3-4t, a10-3t
  • Laser cut wood fins, Waterslide decal, tumble recovery
Rank
#9

Estes - 1754 Wizard Flying Model Rocket Bulk Pack (Pack of 12) | Intermediate Rocket Kit | Step-by-Step Instructions | Science Education Kits | Great for Teachers, Youth Group Leaders and Birthdays

  • EASY to LEARN: Founded in 1958, Estes has been a pioneer in creating STEM educational kits for kids. Designed with kids in mind, Estes model rocket kits are made with lightweight materials and available in various skill levels from Beginner to Master. Newcomers can quickly snap a few pieces together for a ready to fly rocket, right out of the box. As their skills develop, our kits increase in complexity. With over 132 different rocket kits to build from, the sky’s the limit on what one can create.
  • GUIDES and SUPPORT: Each Flying Model Rocket Kit comes with its own easy to follow, step-by-step instruction guide for kids to follow. Educators and youth group leaders can access a resource library with dozens of lesson plans and curriculum for grade levels 5-12 in Science, Technology, and Math.
  • SKILL LEVEL: The Wizard is an Intermediate level rocket which will help a budding rocketeer develop some basic model building and finishing skills.
  • RECOMMENDED ENGINES (not included): 1/2A6-2, A8-3, A8-5, B4-4, B6-4, B6-6, C6-5, C6-7
  • PROJECTED ALTITUDE: 1600 ft. (488 m) on a C6-7
  • ESTIMATED ASSEMBLY TIME: 1 hour (glue drying time not included)
  • LAUNCH SYSTEM: Compatible with the Porta-Pad II launch pad and Electron Beam launch controller, or any launch system that can support a 1/8 inch launch rod.
  • AGES: For boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.
Rank
#10

Estes 3 Bandits Model Rocket Kit

  • Easy To Assemble (E2X)
  • Flies up to 550 feet
  • Plastic fins, self-stick decals, 6 inch parachute recovery
Rank
#11

Estes Power Patrol Model Rocket Kit, Brown/a, 20 inches (2481)

  • SKILL LEVEL: The Power Patrol is an easy-to-assemble, Beginner level rocket with pre-colored parts.
  • RECOMMENDED ENGINES: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5, C6-7
  • PROJECTED ALTITUDE: 1100 ft. (335 m) on a C6-7
  • ESTIMATED ASSEMBLY TIME: 1 Hour (painting and glue drying time 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).
Rank
#12

Rocketarium Two-Stage Model Rocket Kit Super Chief II RK-1032

  • Requires Launch controller and launch Pad with 3/16" Launch Rod
  • Skill Level: Intermediate. Previous Rocket building Experience Recommended
Rank
#13

Estes 1921 Mercury Redstone Flying Model Rocket Kit , Brown

  • Flights up to 200 feet (61M)
  • Laser cut fins
  • Historical plastic parts set
  • 15 parachute recovery
  • Waterslide decals
Rank
#14

Estes Rockets 7235 Odyssey Model Rocket Kit, Skill Level 5, Brown

  • Skill level 5
  • Laser cut wood, Waterslide decals, 18 in. (45.7 cm) parachute recovery
  • Recommended engines: c11-3 (first launch), d12-5
  • Requires 3/16 in (5mm) maxi launch rod (2244), sold separately.
Rank
#15

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 92176 Outer Space Model Rocket for Kids and Adults, Science Building Kit (1969 Pieces)

  • Bring to life the rocket launch that took humans to the moon with the meter-high (approximately 1: 110 scale) model rocket of the NASA Apollo Saturn V
  • The Saturn V rocket kit includes 3 removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) below the launch escape system, command and service module; Plus, there are 2 minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket toy
  • After building the Saturn V rocket, you can display the spacecraft horizontally with 3 stands; The Lunar Lander docks with the command and service modules while the Lunar Orbiter sends the rocket into space
  • Recreate space adventures with this NASA toy and action figures based off of the included booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this build and play set
  • This spaceship toy measures over 39-inches (100cm) high and 6-inches (17cm) in diameter; It includes 1,969 pieces and is ideal for boys and girls 14 years or older
Rank
#16

Estes 7263 Flying Model Rocket Kit Hex-3

  • The space Twister flying 7263 rocket kit contains high quality Estes body tubes, laser cut wood fins, molded plastic nose cone, colorful preassembled parachute and easy to apply Waterslide decals.
  • The space Twister stands just over 2 feet tall and requires about 4-6 hours to build and paint. When powered with a c6-5 engine, the rocket can corkscrew its way to 900 feet!
  • Estes 7263 rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12.
  • Unless otherwise specified, all models require assembly. Tools, construction, finishing supplies sold separately.
  • In order to launch, a launch system, 7263 rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding are required. Sold separately-unless otherwise specified.
Rank
#17

Estes 7262 Flying Model Rocket Kit Starship Nova

  • The mini engine powered ASTM flying 7262 rocket kit contains high quality body tubes, laser cut wood fins, molded plastic nose cone, colorful preassembled parachute, easy to apply decals.
  • This ultra-cool rocket stands nearly 12 inches tall and can be built and painted in about 4-6 hours. When powered with the powerhouse a10-3t mini engine, the ASTM can be launched to almost 400 feet!
  • Estes 7262 rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12. Unless otherwise specified, all models require assembly.
  • Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, a launch system, 7262 rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding are required.
  • Sold separately-unless otherwise specified.
Rank
#18

Estes Rockets 9719 Super Big Bertha Model Rocket Kit, Pro Series II

  • Pro series II
  • Laser cut wood fins, Screw on motor Retainer set, 24 in. (61 cm) parachute recovery
  • Recommended engines: e16-4 (first launch) f15-6
  • Note: this Rocket can also be launched on a d12-3 engine when you purchase the Estes 9753 - 24 mm to 29 mm engine Adapter.
Rank
#19

Estes Sa-2061 Sasha Flying Model Rocket Kit | Semi-Scale Multi-Stage Booster Rocket | Master Level Build | Fun Toys for Men

  • Build  your own rocket: nothing compares to the thrill of building your own fully functional, flying model rocket. Great for long-time hobbiest or budding scientists and engineers.
  • Skill level: an Expert level kit, The sasha is intended for model rocketeers that have advanced building, finishing and model rocket launching skills.
  • Recommended engines (not included): rocket only: c11-3, c11-5, d12-5, e12-6 Two-Stage: rocket: d12-5, d12-7, e12-8; booster: d12-0, e12-0
  • Projected altitude: 2300 ft. (701 m)
  • Estimated assembly time: 6 hours (painting and glue drying time Not included)
Rank
#20

Estes Illusion Flying Model Rocket 7299| Snap Together Beginner Kit | Soars up to 1125', Mulitcolor

  • BUILD and launch your own high-flying model rocket! There’s no thrill quite like launching a model rocket, watching it streak skyward, reach peak altitude, and then return gently to earth. When you build them, the thrill is even better. Thanks to Estes model rocketry, kids can explore the wondrous world of science while experimenting with different combinations of rockets, engines and accessories to better understand how rockets reach outer space.
  • SKILL LEVEL: The Illusion is a great Beginner level kit. You won’t waste any time getting this no-glue, snap-together beauty on the pad. Insert the engine into the threaded engine mount, prep the parachute for ejection, and you’re ready to fly!
  • RECOMMENDED ENGINES: B4-2, B6-2, B6-4, C6-5 PROJECTED ALTITUDE: 1125 ft. (343m)
  • ESTIMATED ASSEMBLY TIME: 20 Minutes
  • LAUNCH SYSTEM: Porta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller. AGES: Estes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.
Rank
#21

Estes Destination Mars Colonizer Model Rocket Starter Set - Includes Rocket Kit (Beginner Skill Level), Launch Pad, Launch Controller, Glue, Four AA Batteries, and Two Engines

  • Launch your own Mars colonization mission – This set comes with all the parts and tools you need to build the rocket and launch it too!
  • Goes together quickly – no cutting, sanding, or painting required!
  • Recommended Engines: C6-3, C6-5
  • Recovery System: 18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute
  • Projected Max Altitude: 250 ft. (76 m)
Rank
#22

Launch Tower Mk I for NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309/92176 Outer Space Model Rocket Building Kit,Large Base Building Toy for Kids and Adults (7702 Pieces) with PF Motors(Not Include Rocket)

  • Quality Bricks Number of Pieces:7702
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH:20.87x14.17x51.97(Note:This Building Kits Only Include Launch Tower Mk I,Not Rocket.)
  • 【LEARN WHILE PLAYING】:Our Educational Building Sets could rapidly improve children's hand-eye coordination & manipulative ability and train their logical thinking & problem solving-ability during the building time
  • 【QUALITY:】All our products are made of high quality ABS materials. Sets are checked and double checked to insure that all pieces are included. If you have lost a piece or there seems to be a missing piece, please reach out and we would be happy to replace it for you.
  • 【USE INSTRUCTIONS:】You can scan the QR code on the card to get instructions for use. If the QR code cannot be used, please contact us and I will send you the electronic instructions as soon as possible! Please don't worry!^_^
Rank
#23

United Model C6-5 Engine Bulk Pack, Includes 24 Model Rocket Engines

  • Includes 24 rocket engines, 30 model rocket starters, 24 reusable starter plugs and 75 squares of recovery wadding
  • The C6-5 is a standard engine designed for rockets weighing less than 4 oz. and offers more power than both the A3-8 and the B6-4
  • Each engine measures 2.75" (7.0cm) long and has a 0.69" (18mm) diameter
  • PLEASE NOTE: This item will ship by US Postal Service only
  • You MUST HAVE a physical mailbox or Post Office box for delivery
Rank
#24

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Rocket Launcher for Kids Patent-Pending Motorized, Self-Launching Air Rocket Toy, Launch up to 200 ft. with Safe Landing, an Innovation in Kids Outdoor Toys & Model Rockets

  • TAKE OUTDOOR FUN TO NEW HEIGHTS - Our rechargeable, motorized, patent-pending rocket toy soars up to 200 ft. with up to 20 flights on a single charge.
  • 3 FLIGHT SETTINGS - Launch your rocket to 3 different heights with a simple push of a button. Your rocket will fly for shorter or longer depending on the mode selected, achieving more altitude the longer it flies!
  • EASY TO FLY WITH SAFE LANDING - The innovative design includes helicopter-like rotor blades that extend and safely return your motorized rocket to the ground.
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO LAUNCH - This exciting kids outdoor toy includes launch pad, charging cable and decals for kids to give their electric rocket a custom look.
  • HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATIONAL TOYS - National Geographic is proud to make the highest quality hands-on science toys, and all our products are backed by exceptional service.
Rank
#25

Estes Industries Luna Bug Flying Model Rocket Kit 0816 | Beginner Level

  • SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
  • RECOMMENDED ENGINES (Not Included): Estes 13mm Mini-Engines #1502 1/4A3-3T, #1503 1/2A3-2T, #1504 1/2A3-4T, #1507 A3-4T, #1510 A10-0T, # 1511 A10-3T
  • PROJECTED ALTITUDE: 800 ft. 244 m
  • ESTIMATED ASSEMBLY TIME: 25 minutes
  • REQUIRED ACCESORRIES (sold separately): Mini-Engines with Starters & Plugs, Starter Set, Launch System/Set, Recovery Wadding, Construction/Building Materials & Tools
  • AGE GROUP: 10 and up, Unisex
439
*Disclaimer: Devin Schumacher is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking. (912500)