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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!

Alpha Model Rocket Kit Skill Level 1 #1225
 Estes Rockets # est1225
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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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Mar 25, 2014
"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.

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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

Requirements & Suggestions

For How To Launch a Model Rocket

  • Model Rocket Engine: A8-3 (first flight), B6-4, B6-6, C6-5, C6-7
  • Igniters (est2302) (usually included with the engines)
  • Recovery Wadding (est302274)
  • Launch Pad (est302215)
  • Launch Controller (est302220)

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Nov 17, 2012
"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!


Apr 24, 2015
"Nice kit"
rickthebear
Great kit. Easy to build and fly! Flies kinda low with the A engine, but goes much higher with a C engine.


Jul 23, 2014
"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.
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