Updated November 27, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Model Rocket Kits

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in February of 2018. Few things are as rewarding as launching a projectile high into the sky. Whether you’re an aspiring Elon Musk, a physics or engineering fan, or just looking for some outdoor fun, these model rocket kits are sure to enlighten and entertain. Our selection includes styles designed for a variety of skill levels, from starter packs with basic features to more challenging sets for advanced rocketeers. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best model rocket kit on Amazon.

10. Semroc Hawk

9. Stomp Rocket

8. Custom Equinox

7. Quest Big Dog

6. Athena Flying

5. StratoLauncher IV

4. SR-72 Darkbird

3. Lego Ideas Apollo Saturn V

2. 4M Water Rocket

1. Big Bertha 1948

Editor's Notes

November 14, 2019:

If you’re looking for a fun outdoor game or other activity to get your kids outside on a nice day, one of these model rockets can provide hours of excitement and learning. Our selection is carefully curated to provide options for a variety of skill levels and budgets, so you’re sure to find something your kiddos will enjoy.

The Lego Ideas Apollo Saturn V comes on board today, and it’s actually the only model here that’s not made to be launched. However, this intricate build can still provide many hours of enjoyment. It’s made for ages 14 and up and includes 1969 pieces – which is not a random number, as it’s the year humans first set foot on the moon, as part of the Apollo 11 mission. This three-stage rocket is a replica of the real one used back then. Once it’s built, it stands at a meter tall (that’s over 3 feet), with each of the 3 sections easy to separate from each other. It also comes with two tiny astronauts, a command and service module, a launch escape system, and lunar lander and lunar orbiter pieces. Its impressive design features many details that are true to life of the real rocket.

Leaving the list today is the Estes Tandem, which experiences some problems with its controller’s durability, not to mention many of those who have purchased it found it unclear that the engine has to be purchased separately.

Always make sure a given toy is age-appropriate for your child, and supervise kids and their toys for a safe playtime.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on November 27, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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