(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. Nathanael

    Nice rocket for beginners

    I built one of these at a camp, and it’s really a great kit for a first time rocketeer. It goes together easily, and, with a little patience, can look wonderful and patriotic! It flies straight and true, and to manageable altitudes on the A8-3, and can really move on Bs and Cs!

  2. Leo (verified owner)

    very fun to build & fly. Make!

    Make sure you have enough field if the wind is blowing at all. Light rocket floats a long way!

  3. noahchavez912

    great luanch

    It launched great and I had no difficulties building it

  4. DannyMrMissile


    Here’s where it all began. I think I have around 20 of these and have had about a hundred ! Start with this one.

  5. Louie

    Estes oldest ..

    Look back on some vintage Estes catalogs and you always see the Alpha…Great 1st or second rocket. You better have some binoculars when you launch it…This thing goes out-of-site FAST.

  6. Eric

    Great little rocket

    I really like this little rocket. The build is simple. It flies really well. As it says in the description, there is a reason that this rocket has been sold to millions. It is a must have for all.

  7. Ragfir

    Here goes

    Getting this for school trustng it… I can tell by my brother who got it that it’s got great results. He still has his- in perfect condition too! Alpha’s a great rocket. <3

  8. Val-Val

    Good rocket it is

    Good as they say! Works beautifully.

  9. vpilot


    nice rocket, builds easy and flies great

  10. rocketeer1

    it is good

    i have the alpha rocket and it is very powerful and fun for your son or daughter that likes estes model rockets . this rocket requires some assembly but its all worth it because it performs great. so go buy it for your kids!

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