(76 customer reviews)


(76 customer reviews)

The Estes Alpha has been the first rocket for millions for over 50+ years! This easy-to-build, high perfomance rocket is the perfect model to get you started. Simple, dependable, great looks and excellent performance. The Alpha has it all!


Availability: In stock

For This Rocket

[product_table columns="add-to-cart" tag="a3-bulk"]

What you need to launch

You may also like…

When a rocket has been sold to millions of model rocketeers for over three decades, there has to be a reason. With its high quality components, easy assembly and reliable performance, the Estes Alpha has become the all time leading entry level rocket! If you are brand new to rocketry, this is the place to start. The Alpha is a great introduction to sanding and painting, making it a perfect step up from one of our ready to fly plastic kits. Even if you are a master rocketeer, you will find nostalgic joy in building and launching this Estes classic! Many of our customers purchase multiple Alpha’s, and using different paint schemes, build an entire Alpha fleet. How cool is that?

Building this awesome rocket takes about an afternoon and flying is just as easy and enjoyable. When powered with a C engine, the rocket can reach cloud topping altitudes of 1000 feet. Recovery of this aerodynamic wonder is accomplished with a colorful 12 inch parachute. The Alpha is the best place to start for young rocket enthusiasts. Teachers and group leaders looking for exciting STEM (Science Technology Education Math) activities should look no further than the Alpha Bulk Pack to introduce students to the world of rocketry. This rocket will get any student hooked on rocketry.

Its suggested color scheme and classy red, white and blue decals are as American as you can get. You’ll feel patriotic building this sleek and colorful rocket as well as flying it. The Alpha has been a staple in the Estes catalog for years, and will be for generations to come. The reason? It is easy to build, looks awesome, and is a great performer on the launch site. You can’t ask for a better starter rocket, so get an Alpha and start flying today!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (red, white). (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller, Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

See it in action! 



Projected Max Altitude

1000 ft. (305 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


12.3 in. (31.2 cm)


0.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

0.8 oz. (22.7 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size


Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.

76 reviews for Alpha®

  1. Michael Guerra

    I first built an Astron Alpha in 1967, my first model rocket. There was a big field next to the officers quarters at Andrews Air Force Base, where we flew our rockets and model airplanes, what memories! In about 1968 my uncle and I visited Estes Industries in Penrose, where as part of the tour they launched a Big Bertha. Now, at age 66, I think I’ll revisit my old hobby.

  2. Josh

    A pleasure to build. A pleasure to paint. A pleasure to fly. I built one when I was a teenager and got one recently as a gift. I would wish for waterslide transfers but it is still a great kit.

  3. Jonas Clausen

    One of my favorite things about the Alpha is that it flies great on most standard engines. It almost feels like the motors were designed specifically with Alpha in mind. An ‘A’ Motor will give an impressive liftoff and a very pleasingly viewable apogee, not too high. Put it on a “B’ motor and it goes very high, and you can choose your delay. Put it on a ‘C’ motor if you want to have a chance of losing it completely. Super fun rocket!

  4. DHos

    My first rocket, my favorite rocket, this best performer in my set after almost 30 years of building, five Alphas later, and also a lead inspiration for me being a engineer at KSC.

  5. Jay

    The Classic

    My first Alpha was launched in 1967. In the 1980s my family visited the Estes plant in Penrose, CO where they had my son launch an Alpha that they then gave him to take home as a souvener.. We still have and launch that Alpha.

    My original had balsa fins which I personally prefer but the plastic assembly works well and keeps on going. For a first-time builder the plastic fins are probably best.

    Every rocketeer needs at least one Alpha. You will want the bigger versions of the Alpha, too.

  6. Michael

    Oldie but a goody

    Unlike most, the Alpha was not my first rocket (it was a Big Bertha). But I have built a few and I lead a 4-H rocket club and strongly encourage new members to build this rocket. They enjoy doing it and they like the way it looks. It flies very well, is light and still reasonably rugged.

    My only complaint are the included adhesive decals. Please Estes, dump these and give us water slide decals that won’t curl and fall off.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published.