Alpha Model Rocket Kit
Alpha Rocket
Estes Model Rocket
Side Flame
Alpha Up Flame
Rocket Recovery
Estes 1225 Alpha Parts
Builder Kit


SKU: 001225

If you're looking for a high-quality starter rocket that won't disappoint, get an Alpha and start flying today! With millions sold over three decades, this rocket is the perfect introduction to the world of rocketry.

With its easy assembly and reliable performance, the Alpha is sure to hook any student who gives it a try. Not only is Alpha easy to build and fly, it also looks great with its suggested color scheme and red, white, and blue decals. And with the ability to reach cloud-topping altitudes of 1000 feet, this rocket is sure to provide hours of entertainment.

The Estes Alpha rocket has become a constant presence in the Estes catalog, and this is not without reason as it is built to withstand the test of time for generations. if you're looking for a high-quality starter rocket that won't disappoint, get an Alpha and start flying today!

  • SKILL LEVEL: The Alpha is an Intermediate level rocket that will help a budding rocketeer develop some basic model building and finishing skills.
  • RECOMMENDED ENGINES: 1/2A6-2, A8-3, A8-5, B4-4, B6-4, B6-6, C6-5, C6-7, w/Engine Adapter (sold separately) - A10-3
  • PROJECTED ALTITUDE: 1000 ft. (305 m) on a C6-7


A Rocket That Stands the Test of Time

There must be a reason why millions of model rocketeers have bought this rocket for over three decades. With its high quality components, easy assembly, and reliable performance, the Estes Alpha rocket is the all time leading entry level rocket! This is the place to start if you are brand new to rocketry.

Easy Assembly and High Quality Components:

The Alpha is a great introduction to sanding and painting, making it a perfect step up from one of our ready to fly plastic kits. Even if you are a master rocketeer, you will find nostalgic joy in building and launching this Estes classic! Many of our customers purchase multiple Alpha's and build an entire Alpha fleet using different paint schemes. How cool is that?

Building this awesome rocket takes about an afternoon and flying is just as easy and enjoyable. When powered with a C engine, the rocket can reach cloud topping altitudes of 1000 feet. Recovery of this aerodynamic wonder is accomplished with a colorful 12 inch parachute.

Estes Alpha rocket is the best place to start for young rocket enthusiasts. Teachers and group leaders looking for exciting STEM (Science Technology Education Math) activities should look no further than the Alpha Bulk Pack to introduce students to the world of rocketry. Rocketry will hook any student who tries this rocket.

Its suggested color scheme and classy red, white and blue decals are as American as you can get. You'll feel patriotic building this sleek and colorful rocket as well as flying it.

A Rocket That Will Last for Generations:

Finally, the Alpha has been a staple in the Estes catalog for years, and will be for generations to come. The reason? It is easy to build, looks awesome, and is a great performer on the launch site. You can't ask for a better starter rocket, so get an Alpha and start flying today!

What You Need to Fly

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 (sold separately)

Technical Specifications

  • Recommended Engines

1/2A6-2, A8-3, A8-5, B4-4,
B6-4, B6-6, C6-5, C6-7
  • Launch System

Porta-Pad II
  • Projected Max Altitude

1000 ft. (305 m)
  • Recovery System

12 in. (30.5cm) Parachute
  • Length

12.3 in. (31.2 cm)
  • Diameter

0.98 in. (25 mm)
  • Weight

0.8 oz. (22.7 g)
  • Fin Material

Laser Cut Balsa Wood

Needed to Build (sold separately)

Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (red, white).
This product recommended for children ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Curt Brown

All your stuff is great. Got this to build with grandson. Ironically, having trouble finding anywhere in Boulder Co. that will allow a launch. Which harkens back to when I was a kid (1965) and my friend and I got an Estes catalogue and I excitedly ordered several rockets, only to get back a letter saying that they could not be shipped to California. :-)


Very fun to make and shoots very well.

Andrew Sidwell
Sure is wonderful

Not the biggest show, but flies great