Alpha III®

(69 customer reviews)

Alpha III®

(69 customer reviews)

A true classic, the Alpha III was the first rocket in the beginner series. Designed with pre-colored parts and self-stick decals, you’ll be ready for liftoff in an hour. Whether you’re a first timer or a long time flyer, the Alpha III should be in everyones’ collection.


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Join the hundreds of thousands of people who got their start in model rockets with this classic! The first rocket in the Beginner level series, the high-flying Alpha III was designed with beginners in mind.

Renown for its classic good looks, simple assembly, and excellent performance, the Alpha III is one of the model rocketry’s best-known and most-loved designs. The black body tube, fluorescent orange nose cone and one piece fin unit makes this rocket easy-to-assemble and fun to fly! With nothing needed more then everyday household supplies and some glue, you’ll be ready for liftoff in an hour. Using Estes standard model rocket engines (sold separately), watch as the Alpha III soars to 1150 feet high. Once the rocket reaches its peak altitude, it will gently return to earth on its brightly colored, matching orange 12 inch parachute. Whether you’re a first time rocketeer or a long time flyer, the Alpha III is a true classic that should be in everyones’ collection.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue and hobby knife. (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).

Projected Max Altitude

1150 ft. (351 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


12.1 in. (30.7 cm)


0.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.2 oz. (34 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials


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.

69 reviews for Alpha III®

  1. Tyler

    Awesome 🙂

    I got it a while ago from hobby town, and it was in a kit (with launch pad) and it is really fun, i have launched it 2 times. the first one was perfect, although i didnt put enough recovery wadding in so the parachute got a little singed on the corner the second landed on the roof but we got it down. overall 5/5 stars 🙂

  2. MalarkyD


    This was my first rocket and it was a great experience. Had some friends come over and we built it up which was fun, easy and took no time at all. Having it be our first time we were nervous it wouldn’t fly on the first run…but I did! Shot off straight and high. Loved it!

  3. Mickey S

    Easy to build

    A classic kit that takes you back to 7th grade. The pre-formed fins seems like cheating but is a good build with young ones. Flight is straight and high. Fun kit for multiple launches in a day.

  4. Socknic

    Pretty Good…

    I got the Alpha III launch set as my first Estes kit. Surprisingly, it was kind of a pain to build, but I managed. I launched this one three times. On the third launch, it floated down into the trees. This is still a good beginning rocket.

  5. Will

    Nice Rocket for beginners

    I would highly recommend that people who are starting off buy this rocket. I bought this with a kit, and I saved a lot of money and had a lot of fun. However, Don’t fly it on a windy day because I lost mine that way.

  6. jeff


    very easy to build and fun to fly

  7. Andrew

    Great Beginner Rocket

    Just like the title says, this is a GREAT Beginner rocket. It is easy to assemble (I built it alone when I was 13) and flies plenty high. After 4 days and about 10 launches, I lost it over a forest adjacent to the field I was launching from. Such a great beginner rocket that I would recommend it to anyone interested in a hobby of rocketry.

  8. brewster

    good starter rocket!!!!

    It is a good rocket for a starter!!!! It fly’s well with an A engine but with a b6-4 engine you should be in a big field with no wind or not much wind because i lost mine in a tree other then that it is a good rocket!!

  9. gsandworm

    fast to put together, faster till it was out of sight

    put it together in about 1 hour. lift off was the next day it was out of sight so fast< I never saw it go. Stuck in tree on first launch, but it was cheap and fun well worth it

  10. duny

    it is a good rocket

    i have this rocket and it is in good shape a good beginers rocket lots of fun

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