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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Specifications :
  • 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
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Spotlight Review

"Estes Alpha, great 1st rocket for the novice builder."
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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  • 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.


  • 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


  • One model rocket kit
  • Decals
  • Detailed Instructions

Requirements & Suggestions

For How To Launch a Model Rocket

For How To Build a Model Rocket

  • Model Rocket Glue (TES3501) or Cement (HLC107)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper
  • How to Paint a Model Rocket
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"3FNC defined"
rbeard2 (Dayton, OH)
You know it. You love it. I would recommend this kit to anyone but especially BARs (Born Again Rocketeers). It was one of the first rockets I built in my second youth (post kids) and was especially satisfying to build and launch. It is exactly as you remember it - white glue to assemble, plastic parachute, great flyer. Spend $10 bucks to rekindle the flame - you won't regret it!

"Like Father, Like Daughter..."
gunnr (Gray, GA)
I built my first model rocket in the early 80's, the classic Alpha. Now, my nine year old daughter just got her first model rocket kit: you guessed it, the same as Dad's, the Estes Alpha. Her eyes grew with anticipation as we scoped a couple of launch areas before getting home and letting her get started on construction. Here were the ground rules: SHE built it, not Dad. Yes, I was there to supervise, but I wanted her to do the work, from reading the instructions in detail, to explaining what she was going to do, to then actually performing the construction task. What I probably could have done in one day, took her a few days (given she couldn't work on it during school), but now it's ready and she's raring to go to our selected launch site and get the same thrill I had 30 some odd years ago. This is a great little kit for first timers. I may even get another one so I can join the flight fun, too.

"Favorite Estes Kit"
lt5150 (Denver, CO)
What can you say about the Estes Alpha? A sleek, easy to build rocket that's been around forever, and has a line of up-scale models available. A great first kit for getting into balsa fins and sanding sealer, etc. The markings on the fins for placement against the air frame are helpful. The rest us standard Estes: engine mount, plastic parachute and 1/8 shock cord/paper mount. A recognized standard for anyone's fleet.


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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