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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"Quick and easy build without resorting to RTF"
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.

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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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"The Quintessential Rocket"
I've been into rocketry for almost two decades, and I have built and flown many Alphas over the years. This a great first real builder kit, especially for kids, when you are ready to step up from the E2X stuff. It is a simple, straightforward three fins and a nose cone rocket that looks good on display and in flight. I recommend that younger rocketeers try building this kit before other Skill Level 1 kits like the Yankee or Wizard. While those kits are fairly simple to build as well, their components are a little smaller sometimes a little more difficult to position and work with. Plus, those kits go really high even with an A8-3! Depending on where you intend to fly, this might limit your engine selection as well as reduce the chance of you getting your rocket back. The Alpha can use a wide range of engines from a 1/2A6-2 all the way to a C6-7. It is great for school playgrounds and small parks with an A engine. At the top end, a C engine will put it at or about 1000 feet. Building this kit is simple and teaches the fundamentals of model rocketry. It can easily be built in an afternoon by a novice. Flying it is fun and you have great engine selection to choose from. When built correctly, it is a reliable performer. At least one of these deserves to be in every fleet! TIP: Use a snap swivel to attach the parachute to the nose cone. Not only does this help prevent tangles, but it also make the Alpha more flexible. You can very quickly remove the parachute and attach a 24-30 streamer to this rocket for high altitude flights and recovery on small fields!

"Favorite Estes Kit"
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.

"3FNC defined"
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!


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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