Alpha III E2X Model Rocket Kit

The very first Estes almost-ready-to-fly rocket! One-piece fin unit! Still a favorite!

Estes Alpha III E2X Model Rocket Kit Easy To Assemble #1256
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Features :
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Flights up to 1100 feet.
  • Parachute body tube recovery.
  • Plastic fins.
  • One year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launching instructions.
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Spotlight Review

 
"A tried and true Estes rocket for beginners"
mh9162013
The Estes Alpha III is ideal for situations where you want to get in the air as quickly as possible, thanks to its simple design and plastic fin can. One thing of note about this kit is the nose cone. Specifically, you can't find it anywhere else, as I'm not aware of any currently produced Estes kit that use it. Another neat feature about this nose cone (besides its shape) is that its shoulder is wide open, with the shock cord attacking to a small eyelet that screws into the side of the nose cone. This makes it convenient location for a payload, like an altimeter. Another thing of note is the bottom of the fins. A few descents onto a hard surface may lead to some bent tips.

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Features

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Flights up to 1100 feet.
  • Parachute body tube recovery.
  • Plastic fins.
  • One year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launching instructions.

Specs

  • Length: 12.3" (31.1 cm)
  • Diameter: 0.98" (24.8 mm)
  • Weight: 1.2 oz (34 g)
  • Recovery: 12" (30 cm) parachute
  • Fins: One piece plastic molded
  • Maximum Altitude: 1100 ft (335 m)
  • Estes Product Number: 1256

Includes

  • One model rocket kit
  • Decals
  • Detailed Instructions

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Reviews

  
 
"Great 1st rocket starter kit"
Bruce.Tran
I helped my 5-year old son build this one. It was his 1st rocket and it took us 30 minutes to assemble it. We launched it 3 times and had a blast. He is looking forward to build some other rockets.

 
"Great starting point"
wallyum (Ft. Thomas, KY)
While not quite RTF, the Alpha III is a kit that can easily be built the night before a launch and perform like a champ the next day. Looks good on the pad and builds surprisingly rugged. Be sure to add extra shock cord or Kevlar because it's one area where Estes continues to be lacking.

 
"For those who are more about flying rockets than building them, this is where you start."
purplebears
I've flown an Alpha III every year throughout the decades that my family has been rocketeers. After numerous flight, some of the alpha's components become weak and brittle. The one this purchase is replacing is about 20 years old. We've swapped out the parachute for a streamer recovery which is likely why we haven't lost it with the C6-5's. I'll probably upgrade to a better shock cord and a length of kevlar cord glued into the motor mount to prevent nose cone and recovery system detachment from the fins and tube. For those who are more about flying rockets than building them, this is where you start.

Comments

  • Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please keep away from children 3 years of age and younger
  • For your safety and enjoyment, always follow the NAR Model Rocketry Safety Code while participating in any model rocketry activities

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