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Contributed by Ted Phipps
The Alpha has been around a long time. Combining simple construction (skill level 1), good looks, and great flying characteristics, it is considered a classic.
Like most Estes kits, it comes in a plastic bag. Our kit had some pretty poor quality balsa, but some careful work with sandpaper and Elmer's Fill 'n' Finish resulted in a good looking rockets. The instructions and diagrams were up to Estes usual high quality, and the only other complaint is the (always) too short shock cord. By all means replace it with sewing elastic at least twice the body length.
To give an idea of how old the Alpha design is, our package recommended at least three motors that Estes no longer makes. Still available motors are the 1/2A6-2, A8-3, B4-4, B4-6, B6-4, B6-6, and the C6-5. The Alpha flies great on the smaller motors. If you ever find any A8-5s, try comparing the flight with an A8-3. The Alpha makes great use of that extra two seconds of delay. Pick your motors carefully, or you might never see it again.
Estes shock cords are too short!
Great altitude and stability, lots of motor choices
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