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The Largest Amateur Model Rocket Ever Launched and Recovered

Largest Model Rocket Ever Launched, Steve Eve's Saturn V Model Rocket, Model Rocket Store
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If you think that your Estes Almost Ready to Fly model rocket is pretty cool, then take a look at the largest amateur model rocket ever launched and recovered!

On Saturday 25th April 2009, Steve Eves smashed two world records in one go with the launch of his 1/10th scale model of the Saturn V rocket that he had built in his garage. The 36ft tall rocket was both the largest and the heaviest model rocket to have ever been launched and successfully recovered.

Model Rocket Safety Tips

If you are thinking of buying someone a flying model rocket as a gift, then one question that many people will have in their mind is just how safe are model rockets for kids?

Model rocketry actually has an extremely impressive safety record, but we are talking about pyrotechnics here, so there are some basic model rocket safety guidelines that need to be followed.

Here’s a guide to model rocket safety and a few tips that will help to ensure that you can have a fun day out flying model rockets with no danger to you, or to any spectators and passers-by.

Easy to Assemble (E2X) Model Rocket Kits

Here’s our selection of some of the best Estes easy to assemble model rockets. We’ve searched out the best prices on Estes E2X rockets so you don’t have to! 

Easy to assemble model rockets are ready to fly in no more than an hour or two, so there’s no waiting around before you can launch the latest rocket in your model rocket collection.

Visit our store for the cheapest prices on the full range Estes model rockets and all the model rocket accessories you will ever need!

Almost Ready to Fly (ARF) Model Rocket Kits

Chiller ARF Model Rocket Kit, Model Rocket Store
Check out the full range of Estes Almost Ready to Fly model rockets at the best prices. Just keep on scrolling down to see which Estes ARF model rocket you want to add to your model rocket collection. We have the best ARF model rockets at low prices, so don’t miss out!

If you want to see all the model rocket kits in the Estes model rocket range and all the Estes model rocket accessories you will ever need, just take a look at our extensive Model Rocket Store and have a browse around!

History of Model Rockets

Estes Model Rockets 1969, Alpha, Saturn V (Semi Scale), X-ray, Aerobee 300, Astron Ranger, Model Rocket Store
Five rockets from Estes in 1969
Alpha, Saturn V (Semi Scale), X-ray, Aerobee 300, and Astron Ranger
Rockets are not a recent invention. The Chinese were using rudimentary rockets, or “arrows of fire”, as weapons as long ago as the 13th century and those early rockets were very similar in design to modern day fireworks. Over the next few hundred years, rocket design was refined and the first drawings of a multi-stage rocket were made in 1591 by a Belgian named Jean Beavie.

Although there were many small rockets produced in the intervening years, the first model rocket with a modern model rocket motor was designed in 1954 by Orville Carlisle and his brother Robert. Their original rocket was designed to be used to demonstrate the principals of rocket powered flight.