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. Nicholas

    great for beggeniers

    my brother got this rocket set up in virginia even though we already had rockets back home. but this rocket was probably the best rocket we had before we got the SkyHawker. but the rocket is a great rocket for beginners and i highly suggest it for anyone.

  2. Eric


    This is what got me back into rocketry after years of not participating in the hobby. I saw this at the local shop, and just had to get it. The price was perfect, and everything (except glue and engines) was included. I wouldn’t suggest firing this little guy on anything larger than an A8-3 for the first couple of flights, as it is fast and small. My first launch was a success even though I used a C6-5. (years of previous experience). It’s an easy build for the first timer. I highly recommend this set to anyone.

  3. Brad

    sitting on the launch pad

    How does the rocket actually sit on the launch pad correctly ? This is the first rocket ever my son has built. I’m just not the brightest bulb in the box I guess

  4. Jay

    Great first rocket

    Found this rocket while shopping at an arts and crafts store with my girls. Reminded me of my youth so I figured I could share it with them. The first launch was a hit! Lots of shrieking on the video. Flew straight as an arrow and chute opened perfectly. Now we’re hooked.

  5. Robert

    First time flight with daughter

    I used to miss the days of flying rockets when i was a kid and now i remember why. Bought this as my 10 year old daughters first kit and we both loved it. Flew it 6 times, she decided to retire it and now I’m here getting a few more for our weekly rocket flights. Very good durability for such a small rocket, just be sure to add enough launch paper (ESTES NOTE: recvoery wadding) to protect the parachute from melting which is what happened on our first flight.

  6. angel

    great rocket

    it is a great rocket we just went to shoot some rockets and we had a crowd in ten minutes definitly a crowd pleaser.

  7. Apalm

    Great entry kit!

    This was my first rocket and is a great way to get into the hobby. The rocket flies really well and stable, and fits the classic rocket design perfectly. It’s easy to assemble, obviously given its skill level. Unfortunately, mine sort of started falling apart after about seven launches, but that’s probably because I had no idea of what to do when I built it. Still, when it worked it was great. Add in the launch set and it is well worth the cost!

  8. ApolloAddict

    A great, sturdy first rocket

    This was my first-ever model rocket, and I loved it. It’s easy to assemble, but it also has some challenge to it, unlike some other E2X rockets. The fact that it comes with everything you need to launch is just icing on the cake.

  9. Matt

    Good starter rocket kit

    This was my first kit, back when it was red and white with black decals, along with the original Porta-Pad. Dad helped me with it, and within two weeks I had to build another one in school. Did that in about 20 minutes and got in trouble.

    Bottom line: This is a great way to do some bonding with your kid(s). If you show them how to do it, instead of doing it for them, they’ll remember it forever and thank you in about 15-20 years.

  10. Terence

    1st Rocket for my son

    This “was” a great rocket for my son. My only advice…make sure you use the right type of glue. I thought I could cut corners 🙂 When I changed engines after the first few runs. The rocket lifted off without a problem, however we only found the tail end of it!!! The nose and body have yet to be discovered. One good hint I have: put you cell number somewhere on it. I’m confident I will be getting a call. It is a great rocket, all things considered 🙂

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