001427 – Alpha III® Launch Set


Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

The Alpha III was the first rocket in the Beginner level series. With easy-to-assemble parts, you’ll be ready for liftoff in minutes.


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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 first rocket in the Beginner level series, the high-flying Alpha III was designed with beginners in mind. 

The black body tube, fluorescent orange nose cone and one piece fin unit is easy-to-assemble and fun to fly! With nothing needed more than everyday household supplies and some glue, you’ll be ready for liftoff in under 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.

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

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 model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

1150 ft. (351 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


12.1 in. (30.7 cm)


.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

Includes 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.

51 reviews for 001427 – Alpha III® Launch Set

  1. modelrocketman

    The alpha III

    Great rocket!!
    First of all, the alpha III is very easy to assemble, and is quite small in size.

    The alpha III is now my favorite rocket ive bought, it was cool when i used the b engines, but when i used the c engines, the rocket performed fantastic.(it went so high that you lose sight of it!)

    I recomend this rocket to anyone ages 9 and up, Have Fun with it!!!!!!!

  2. Mario

    Good kit

    An easy to build, durable rocket that flies great, I would recommend this kit for any beginner.

  3. Fun!

    Me reviewing this

    Great, easy, fun, and comes with plenty of equipment, you’ll love it.

  4. Sebastian

    Almost got lost

    This is a great rocket. It flies amazingly well and has a potential of going extremely high. When I built it, I glued it together with hot glue. Don’t glue it together with hot glue. I flew it on a B6-4 engine, and found out it had drifted 500 feet over a forest, where it fell apart. I was able to salvage the body tube, the nose cone and the fins, so i was able to put it back together. I am guessing that it heated up (as all rockets do) and melted the hot glue, which made it fall apart. I later purchased an engine mount set and was able to put it back together the right way. Now It is one of my best rockets.

  5. Liam

    Great for starting out.

    Good quality rocket, and has everything you need to get started! All you need is glue! I love this set!

  6. KP

    Great 1st Rocket

    This was the first rocket I built. The instructions were straight forward and easy to follow. I recommend to anyone trying to get their start in model rocketry!

  7. jacob0174

    PERFECT! flyer

    Very good for beginners and launches up high and comes down perfecty. if you want to get into rocketry let this be your first in a long line of future rockets!

  8. rocketeer


    This rocket is an awesome starter and great for just a quick little launch. On my first launch I was amazed at how well it worked.It couldn’t have been better.(just fold the parachute right).No crashes at all for me though. All in all, a great everything rocket.

  9. joenuzz

    easy fly, good starting point for kids

    has minimal assembly but enough to introduce my son to the parts of a model rocket. flys GREAT!!! my only complaint is that even with the C6 series motors, it doesnt come anywhere close to the advertised 1100 feet of altitude. but thats fine. it is still a really fun rocket to launch!!

  10. Walter

    first rocket

    this is a very good rocket for kids to start their love for rockets

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