The 10 Best Model Rocket Kits

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This wiki has been updated 26 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 recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Estes Sasha

2. Lego Ideas Apollo Saturn V

3. 1754 Wizard

Editor's Notes

December 03, 2020:

There are two main things people look for in model rockets: realistic details that look good on display and the ability to blast really, really high. For the first part, the Lego Ideas Apollo Saturn V is the best-looking model out there, but like the Horizon Mercury-Atlas, it can't go anywhere. Similarly, the 7246 Shuttle looks great, but tops out at 500 feet, and to get that high you'll need an E-series engine and rod setup, which can be costly.

As for height, the clear winner is the Estes Sasha, which requires the skill and patience of a master builder and goes an incredible 2,300 feet. If you're not ready for that, then the 1754 Wizard, Athena Flying, and Custom Equinox are all solid choices.

If the purpose of this is to get kids interested in science while keeping them entertained, then consider the Stomp Rocket, Semroc Hawk, or 4M Water Rocket, all of which aren't traditional model rockets, but can be educational and fun. The 1754 Wizard is also a solid choice if you're purchasing for a scout troop or classroom.

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.

Special Honors

Madcow Rocketry AGM-33 Pike At 56 pounds, the AGM-33 Pike is one of the biggest and most expensive options out there. It's made to order from fiberglass and doesn't come with much in the way of instructions, so you need to really know your stuff if you're gonna mess with this one. But if you can handle it, this is one way to cause your neighbors' jaws to hit the floor.

Sirius Rocketry 1:64 Super-Scale Saturn V Standing over 67 inches tall, this accurate recreation features full-color decals and a wealth of intricate details. It boasts of requiring an FAA waiver to fly, so this one is not for beginners, though it looks so good that you might want to build it just for show.

4. 4M Water Rocket

5. 7246 Shuttle

6. Custom Equinox

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7. Athena Flying

8. Semroc Hawk

9. Stomp Rocket

10. Horizon Mercury-Atlas

Gregg Parker
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