001225 – Alpha®

(74 customer reviews)


Intermediate Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 1)

The Estes Alpha has been the first rocket for millions for over 36 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!

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Intermediate Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 1)

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?

What makes it such a great beginner kit?

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 preassembled 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! See it in action! 


Additional information


12.3 in. (31.2 cm)


.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

.8 oz. (22.7 g)


Laser cut Wood Fins, Self-stick Decals, 12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute Recovery

Projected Max Altitude

1000 ft. (305 m)

Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12. Unless otherwise specified, all models require assembly. Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, a launch system, model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding are required – sold separately-unless otherwise specified.

74 reviews for 001225 – Alpha®

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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