The Red Rider Launch Set is ALMOST Ready-to-Fly
This is a tough one to classify. You need to do a LITTLE assembly but really nothing more difficult than opening the box ;-) No paint required and no glue needed either. So it's not exactly RTF but it isn't a full-on kit either.
But it sure is RED! which, at least, makes it easier to find in the grass. If you wind up losing it or hanging it from a tree branch, Estes also supplies the rocket a la carte.
If you are new to model rocketry, LOOK HERE to watch a slightly hyper US promo video for Estes model rockets.
Take a look at this See a Riptide (a very similar rocket) launch video by clicking HERE Your viewing enjoyment may be increased by turning the sound OFF ;-)
The weakest link in any standard rocket kit is the recovery system. Estes standard components are built to a low price, not a high level of durability. To be sure you get your rocket back we recommend Starter Set Upgrade Kits, an economical version of our Recovery Upgrade Kits that addresses the standard recovery components' short comings and is a bit kinder on the environment, too. For more information about bolstering that fragile element click HERE
Our full-on Recovery Upgrade Kits provide the highest level of durability. They are principally for rocket builders that value the time and skill they put into their birds. That's not to say that failing to get back a beloved Starter Set rocket is any less traumatic (especially if child disappointment is involved). For more information click HERE FOR THE ULTIMATE RECOVERY "INSURANCE"
Almost Ready to Fly rocket, an Estes launch pad, and an Estes launch controller. You'll need batteries, wadding and motors to get Red Rider in the air. Save some money with our Deluxe set that has everything you need to fly three times!
If you are not sure which stater set is best for you then CLICK HERE for an explanation of the important differences that can make one set perfect for one person and not-the-best for another. With our help, getting off to a great start in rocketry doesn't take a lot of "rocket science" ;-)
Recovery: 12 inch poly chute
Recovery Upgrade: Kit B
Launch equipment (included): standard
Recommended motors: B4-2, B6-2, B6-4, C6-3, C6-5, Klima D9-7
The small print: Estes model 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, model rocket engines, igniters and recovery wadding are required - sold separately - unless otherwise specified.