(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!


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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).

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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. Anthony

    best rocket ever

    The estes alpha is super easy to build and it flys so high on a c6-7.

  2. Eric

    This is THE classic

    If we have model rocketry in the 35th century, I’m sure this rocket will still be THE first one for a lot of budding rocketeers. Simple, dependable, great looks and excellent performance – this little guy deserves its years of popularity. Excellent.

  3. Mrhemi1971

    Classic Model

    The Alpha is both a great beginner model, and a model you’ll build after 30+ years of flying. My students love to build and fly this kit. Flies perfect no matter what motor you fly with.

  4. Michael

    My first rocket…

    And a great start to wet the appetite.

  5. Apostoli

    Alpha rocket

    This top rocket is covered in awesome colors and the size of the rocket is totally portable.

  6. swimfreak1342

    Super Fun!

    This was my first rocket, and it was a blast to build! Take your time and it will pay off!

  7. spotsC99


    I built mine in 6th grade, the fins can get you mad, but it is sooooooooooooooo fun.

    Note from Estes: Congratulations on completing your Skill Level 1 Alpha. Each
    level you advance to will become more challenging. Keep ’em Flying…Christine

  8. Anna L

    the Ideal Rocket

    If you are a first time Rocketeer, your best bet would be to grab the Alpha. It is not difficult to put together. It offers all aspects of what building Model Rockets is really about. I built my first at 5th grade, and at 28, I still enjoy the full experience the Alpha offers. The price just makes it even more worth while….

  9. Albert, Einstein

    best ever

    This rocket is the best rocket I have ever flown. Easy to build, and super speed. I highly recommend it for scientists or skeptics.

  10. 16djshannon

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!

    The Alpha rocket is SUPER AWESOME!!!!!!
    Its my first rocket and im building 3 at the same time. Im giving them my own paint jobs because I dont have white paint, but Ive turned one into a stealth missle and the others are still in progress, but they are all looking awesome!

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