Alpha Model Rocket Kit

For over 30 years, the Alpha has been the first choice for millions of rocket modelers. Easy to build, rugged performance, parachute recovery - the perfect model rocket kit to get you started! Features die-cut balsa fins. Flies to 1200 feet!

Estes Alpha Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 1 #1225
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Features :
  • Flies up to 1200 feet (369m) depending on chosen rocket engine.
  • Classic first rocket.
  • Rugged high performance.
  • Self-adhesive decals.
  • Die-cut balsa fins.
  • Plain cardboard body tube.
  • One-piece White plastic nose cone.
  • Parachute recovery.
  • Rocket Skill level 1: quick and easy to build.
  • Estes' full 1 year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launch instructions.
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Spotlight Review

 
"Estes Alpha, great 1st rocket for the novice builder."
champfluff
I can definitely recommend this rocket. Back in the early 1970's my parents purchased me the Alpha kit. It was a challenge at the time for my 1st model rocket build, but I completed it over a weekend and painted it the following week, during the summer. The 1st flight was A8-3 powered, the launch and recovery were flawless. The 2nd flight was B4-4 powered and the best motor selection for this rocket, with a nice slow lift off and spot on recovery. However, on the 3rd launch, going for more power, big is better mentality, a C6-5 put the Alpha out of sight and was lost at altitude in the wind. Very impressive over all, but would suggest a streamer option, for C6-5 rocket motors on up, for a better chance of recovery.

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Features

  • Flies up to 1200 feet (369m) depending on chosen rocket engine.
  • Classic first rocket.
  • Rugged high performance.
  • Self-adhesive decals.
  • Die-cut balsa fins.
  • Plain cardboard body tube.
  • One-piece White plastic nose cone.
  • Parachute recovery.
  • Rocket Skill level 1: quick and easy to build.
  • Estes' full 1 year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launch instructions.

Specs

  • Length: 12.3" (31.2 cm)
  • Diameter: 0.98" (24.9 mm)
  • Weight: 0.8 oz (23 g)
  • Recovery: 12" (30 cm) parachute
  • Fins: Die cut balsa fins
  • Maximum Altitude: 1000 ft (305 m)
  • Estes Product Number: 1225

Includes

  • One model rocket kit
  • Decals
  • Detailed Instructions

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Reviews

  
 
"Quick and easy build without resorting to RTF"
wallyum (Ft. Thomas, KY)
Back in 1978 I had an unfortunate habit of buying rockets and losing them on the first flight. The Estes Wizard was the first of these rockets. Mine came in a Deluxe Starter Set that I got as a birthday present. I built the Alpha Friday night, painted it on Saturday, (white spray paint and red and black bottle paint that was still tacky when I loaded the engine,) and flew it on a C6-5 after church on Sunday. The calm winds on the ground weren't any indicator of what was blowing up higher, and my Aplha was last seen floating off into a grove of trees on the back side of the Northern Kentucky University campus. Years later I'd park in a parking lot near where those trees were, and I always thought of the Alpha. In the years since I've flown Alpha IIs, IIIs, IVs, and a Super Alpha. It's a great design that translates well up and down. It's a great place to start honing your skills.

 
"Perfect first rocket!"
bigeckmanfamily
I teach a 4-H rocket club class for kids 8-18 years old. This is the perfect rocket for someone who is building their first rocket. It is a nice shape and looks great when finished. It was not too difficult, but still fun to build. It launched well with little damage. I would highly recommend this rocket for kids ages 8-10.

 
"The perfect classic rocket"
jef955
Great time tested classic design that flies like a champ with just about anything you put in it !

Information

When a model rocket has been sold to millions of model rocketeers for over three decades, there has to be a reason. With its high quality components, easy assembly and reliable performance, the Estes Alpha has become the all time leading entry level rocket! With a rocket this well known you are bound to get compliments from fellow rocketeers on choosing such a thoroughbred.

The Alpha is a classic Rocket Skill Level 1 model rocket kit that includes a one piece body tube, laser cut balsa fins and an aerodynamic nose cone that completes the sleek look. Building this speed merchant takes about an afternoon and flying is just as easy and enjoyable as building this classic. When powered with a C-class engine, the rocket can reach cloud topping altitudes of 1,000 feet (305 m). Recovery of this aerodynamic wonder is accomplished with a colorful 12 inch (30 cm) preassembled parachute. 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. Get an Alpha and start flying today!

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