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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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"Perfect first rocket!"
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.

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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

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"The Quintessential Rocket"
ShaneH. (Loudon, TN)
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!

"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.

"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!


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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