Very minor assembly is required. Simply insert the fins into the fin slots and you are ready for blast off! The Shooting Star launches on standard engines and can easlily soar over 700 feet. Estes model rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12. This model requires assembly. Assembly time will only take a few minutes, as you just have to insert the fins into the fin slots and attach the parachute. ARF (Almost ready to fly) kits contain parts that are colored with easy to assemble plastic fins and plastic nose cones. In order to launch, a launch system, model rocket engines, igniters and recovery wadding are required - sold separately.