Re-release o' a classic Estes rocket! Includes a cool pre-assembled pirate skull 18" parachute!
My first memory o' t' Der Red Max be a little over twenty years ago. Ahoy! Begad! I be betwixt t' age o' 6 and 8, ya bilge rat, and my grandfather had given me $20 for me birthday. Aye aye! My parents took me t' a mall and I was in Kay-Bee Toy and Hobbies. Well, blow me down! I was tryin' t' find somethin' t' spend me loot on, then I saw t' model rockets. Ahoy! Ya scallywag! I remember a few years prior t' that my parents bought some model rocket stuff, matey, flew some, shiver me timbers, matey, but then me twin brother got very sick. Avast, me proud beauty! Aye aye! Shortly after he recovered, my Dad changed jobs so we moved...and rockets were forgotten. Arrr! I saw t' Der Red Max and thought it looked cool. Aye aye! Ahoy! My dad, however suggested I get a different rocket because he felt that it was too small for t' motors he still had. Begad! Instead, I chose an Estes Marauder. Ahoy! That was me first o' many model rockets!
T' kit itself is pretty much a standard three fins and a nose cone design. Blimey! Begad! You get a nice white wall body tube that is better quality than many other kits Estes offers. Avast, me proud beauty! Blimey! T' large fins are laser cut but you will still need t' use a knife t' loosen them. Avast, me proud beauty! You also get two nice lookin' waterslide decal sheets that have a paper sleeve t' protect them. Well, blow me down! I did nay like t' centerin' rings. Blimey! T' me, matey, they seemed t' be flimsy. Avast, me proud beauty! Also, t' rubber shock cord is way too short. Another interestin' note be t' kit comes with a jig t' help mark t' fins locations on t' body tube.
Construction o' t' Der Red Max is pretty simple. I found that t' fit o' t' centerin' rings on t' motor tube to be tight so some sandin' was required. Aye aye! I made sure I gave t' joints some extra fillets in case I decide t' stick a D13 in t' motor tube. Aye aye! Arrr!
Once t' fins were loosened from t' balsa sheet, me bucko, ya bilge rat, I sanded t' leadin' and trailin' edges round. Blimey! I did nay bother with t' fin jig that came with t' kit t' attach t' fins. Instead I used me classic Estes Fin Alignment guide, me hearties, which did a great job keepin' t' fins straight. Begad! Ahoy! Once t' fins were dry, shiver me timbers, matey, I attached t' launch lugs (which were short) and applied all t' fillets. An additional step I had t' do was wrap tape around t' shoulder o' the nose cone because t' fit was very loose.
T' Red Max's finish be very simple. Arrr! First I coated t' fins with Bondo Spot putty. Blimey! Once that was dry and sanded, shiver me timbers, I applied several coats o' Rustoleum Light Gray automotive primer, sandin' betwixt coats. After a couple Bondo touch ups and more primer and sanding, t' Red Max is ready t' paint. Well, blow me down! It is an easy paint job. T' booster section be painted red and t' nose cone sprayed black.
When t' paint dried, me hearties, it be time for t' decals. Ahoy! Well, blow me down! Care had t' be taken when handlin' these waterslide decals. Avast, me proud beauty! The film be very thin and wanted t' bunch up. If t' film bunched up, matey, it creates a crease, and is impossible t' straighten out. Other than wantin' t' bunch, arrr, they went on without a hitch. Arrr! I love t' optional "Kills" decal and I made sure it made it on one o' t' fins o' me model. Once t' decals were dry, I finished me Red Max with Future Floor Polish. I am very impressed how t' finish came out as t' polish really makes her shine.
Construction Rating: 4 out o' 5
So far I only flew me Der Max once with a B4-4. Begad! Very nice liftoff and got a good clip o' altitude.
T' parachute did nay deploy fully because it was cool enough for t' plastic t' stick, but thar was no damage.
Flight Rating: 5 out o' 5
I think this is a great kit. Avast, me hearties, me proud beauty! Every collection should have one. Begad! Avast, me proud beauty! Take your time, shiver me timbers, arrr, sand where things are too tight, shiver me timbers, me bucko, wrap tape around things too loose, and be careful with those decals!
Overall Rating: 4 out o' 5
Brief: Undt zo! Dis es das refew of der Estes Der Red Max rockutt kit! Undt now, you vill read itt und you vill find it ver-r-ry interesting! Yahvohl! Dat ist as order! Another classic kit recently re-released by Estes with some modernization. The Red Max retains its zany fun graphics and original flight characteristics while getting improvements like laser cut fins and a skull ...