Estes - Alpha III Kit

Decals: Self-Stick
Design (RockSim):
Designer: Mike Dorffler
Diameter: 0.98 inches
Fin Material: Plastic
Length: 12.30 inches
Manufacturer: Estes
Model: 1256, 221256
Motor Size: 18 millimeters
Nose Cone Material: Plastic
Plan (Estes Instructions):
Power: Low-Power
Product Type: Kit
Recommended Motors: 1/2A6-2, A8-3, A8-5, B4-4, B6-4, B6-6, C6-5, C6-7
Recovery: Parachute
Skill Level: 1
Style: Sport
Tags: Family:Estes:Alpha
Weight: 1.20 ounces

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  • Estes Alpha III By Clifford Campo (April 11, 2014)

    I received my Alpha III kit recently from and was annoyed to find that all three fins on the plastic fin assembly were bent like a Bobby Hull hockey stick.  This was either poor manufacturing or improper storage along the way.  Something heavy was probably sitting on top of the kit package for a long time.  I soaked the fin assembly in hot water for about 15 ...

  • Estes Alpha III By Jamie Martin (February 3, 2009)

    Brief: This is a very simple rocket of the 3FNC design. Basicly nothing more than a fin can, BT and nosecone Construction: The instructions are easy to follow with lots of pictures. Assembly starts with building a basic motor mount and glueing it into the fin can. You then glue the launch lug on to the body tube and glue this on to the fin can also. You then glue the shock cord ...

  • Estes Alpha III By Greg Deeter

    Brief: About the most simple there is. It's pretty much just a black gloss body tube, orange plastic nose cose, and one piece (3) fin unit. 12" Estes parachute. Modifications: Upsize of launch lug. Construction: This is a super simple rocket kit that can be built in less than 30 minutes with just CA (super glue). When building mine, I replaced the launch lug with ...

  • Estes Alpha III By Dave Sutter

    NOTE: This review is for the Alpha III in the Starter Set Ahh... Old Faithful. My first kit. Flown in excess of 30 times, and still going strong. A good flier, it always lifts straight and true. Works just fine on almost any 18mm Estes engine. I've made a habit of sending it up at least once almost every time I go out to launch. Had to re-tape the parachute shroud lines to the parachute, and ...

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