001427 – Alpha III® Launch Set


Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

With all pre-colored rocket parts and easily applied self-stick decals, you’re ready for liftoff in minutes.


Download Instructions

In stock

Share with your friends!


Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

Join the hundreds of thousands of people who got their start in model rockets with this classic! The Estes Alpha III was the very first rocket in the beginner series. Powered by standard Estes engines (sold separately) the Alpha III soars to heights of 1100 feet. Whether you’re a first time rocketeer or a long time flyer, this rocket is a true classic that should be in everyones’ collection.

What more could you ask for than a high performance, high flying, classic rocket!

LAUNCH SYSTEM includes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller.

Additional information


12.1 in. (30.7 cm)


.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.2 oz. (34 g)


Plastic Fins, Self-stick Decals, 12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute Recovery

Projected Max Altitude

1100 ft. (335 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.

51 reviews for 001427 – Alpha III® Launch Set

  1. Vicky

    Excellent 1st Rocket

    Great starter, this rocket is very cool, INCLUDES launcher! That means even better for first rocket buyers! It took relatively little time to build. However when I flew it it disappeared into the clouds. Probably because it was windy and I used a not-recommended engine, probably too high. Hmmm…

  2. you know it


    I cant find the shock cord mount Plz help! What bag is it in? ESTES NOTE: The shock cord mount is printed in the instructions, either on the front page or page 2, depending on the revision date of your kit.

  3. John

    a simple alpha

    The alpha rockets have long been a rocketeer’s mainstay, and this version makes a very simple introduction to the hobby. It’s also great for younger rocketeers with little ability to use hobby knives, glue, paint, etc. It also works for us older folk who can do those things, but would rather start launching than spend too much time building!

  4. Anthony


    this rocket I had for 3 years now and it still flies great, strong rocket

  5. Sam


    We made this rocket with my Civil Air Patrol Squadron, and it worked great! Flew very high and was fun to use 🙂

  6. yeagerfan

    Back in the Saddle

    Its been 30yrs, and now back launching rockets again. This time with my kids! This set beats a nintendo DS anytime. Great set to get eveyone involved and out of the house. Very happy with the quality and ease of assembly. Recommended for all beginners and for those like me that have been away for awhile. Now my kids and I are hooked!

  7. Anthony


    Iv’e had this rocket for 6 years and it still flies the way it did when I first flew it 6 years ago. It is very easy to build and it lasts very long.

  8. Ryan


    rocket looks great and is great but my launcher did not work

  9. joshr


    I’ve had this set for almost 20 years, and now my kids are enjoying it too. Still working great.

  10. the ignighter


    i got this a few years ago and it works great 🙂
    but i lost the ignigter 🙁

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *