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. Joshua

    hi flier!

    I bought this rocket on impulse with a launch set, had it built in an hour and launched the next day. I launched it a few times on the B6-4 engines, got an urge and stuck a C6-5 in. I never saw it again. Careful, the wind will take this guy. Great rocket though!

  2. Dennis

    High performance!

    This is a high flier! Easy to build as well! Even though you do not have to paint this model I would give it a coat of clear spray paint for an awesome shine and it helps protect the decals.

  3. Brennan

    Great Rocket

    The title says it all. One of my first rockets and it flew very well.

  4. ericsupreme

    excellent first kit

    I bought this kit for my son and we put it together pretty easy and launched it the next day. It was an awesome laungh but, others have stated do not fly on a windy day because we lost it and we also used a C6-5.

  5. Kevlar316


    Bought for me as a Christmas present my first model rocket. I have really enjoyed my first 3 launches and look forward even more. Easy to assemble and good fun to play with. Really like the launch control

  6. Travis

    my first rocket

    this is my first rocket and it was easy to build and extremely fun to fly. it is amazing just how high it can go! i highly recommend it to the anyone who is starting out.

  7. Koa

    Great Rocket!

    The Alpha is really awesome. I constructed it a while ago, it was a quick build and no spray paint was needed. Over the course of two years or so, I flew my Alpha four times and it’s still in the hangar. Maybe I’ll do another one soon, but I have to wait for a day with no wind. This rocket can really skedaddle in the breeze!

  8. Daniel


    good starter rocket goes high and sometimes out of sight. easy to assemble just takes time for the glue to dry. all in all great rocket. 🙂

  9. noah

    first one

    This was my first rocket after years of not building rockets. It was easy to build. Launched it about three times and on the third time it was stuck in a tree. After that I was hooked again. I have built about 20 rockets since that one.

  10. David


    This was a great rocket for a first timer like me and it was very easy to build. It went up and came back down smoothly.

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