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.


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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 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. boldcustomer

    Great starter set, however, rocket has some problems in the details…

    This launch set is superior to many others, in my opinion. I like that it came with the Electron Beam controller instead of the Astron. Many other sets come with the Astron controller. The Astron controller runs on a nine volt battery rather than AA batteries. I prefer AAs because they are more common and more reliable, in my experience. ESTES NOTE: The Astron 9V controller has been discontinued because it requires a very high quality alkaline battery for proper operation.

    As regards the rocket, the classic Alpha III (the best rocket I had as a child). It is very simple to build. It also has proven very durable. It free fell approximately 275 feet on my first launch on an A8-3 engine and survived (it did not deploy properly because I did not pack the parachute perfectly the first time). However, don’t expect a “perfect” rocket out of this set. The fin unit had one bent fin that causes the rocket to spin on accent. This is not unique to my specific Alpha III. I looked at some Alpha III kits later and they had the same problem. ESTES NOTE: The fins should not be bent with a new kit. If this is the case, contact our Customer Service Dept. please. The nose cone is hollow without a cap. Without care, the parachute can get stuck in there and not deploy. The two stick on decals that wrap around the rocket are too long for the body tube. This causes them to overlap by about an eighth or three-sixteenth of an inch. The instructions say to apply the decals after attaching the launch lug. This causes problems later when the bottom decal looks like it is supposed to be under it. ESTES NOTE: The decal does not go under the launch lug. The decal may need to be trimmed.

    All in all, don’t misunderstand. This is a superior set. I said it at the beginning for a reason. There are just some small details that keep it from being the perfect set.

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