With the molded plastic fin can, there is not much that can go wrong. Be sure to follow the instructions on the type of glues to use during the build, and you will be fine. Flies out of sight on "C" motors (Posted on 12/17/13)
Put this together w/ the kids in 30 mins and flew in a couple of hours after the glue dried.
One comment on this kit, the centering rings did not fit down into the tailfin box. Took a small hobby knife and peeled off the outermost layer of paper, still too tight. A couple of layers of paper more and it slid right in.
If your engine mount doesn't just slid into the fin can, just peel a couple of layers of paper off the centering rings and you'll be fine. (Posted on 12/13/13)
This is a great rocket but when you launch it make sure (1) You have a VERY open space and (2) there is very little wind! Otherwise you might spend lots of time looking for your rocket! (Posted on 9/21/13)
Bought the Alpha III Launch Kit at a flea market, never used. Everything was there but the launcher legs, so drilled a hole in a board and made my own launcher. I made lots of Estes Rockets when I was a kid in the 70's, including a Scale Honest John. I put it together with my 10 year old son on Sunday and launched it three times on Labor Day. My son was AMAZED and grinning ear to ear on the first launch and recovery, and 35-40 years later, his dad is hooked again. It flew great, but I didn't realize there was a B4-4 engine in the package for the second launch..........so it went WAY up that time, and ended up in a tree because it drifted MUCH further. Got it down, however, and launched again at an angle with an A8-3, and it drifted down to my yard that time. Now I'm looking to buy more kits. GREAT thing for me to do with my boy!! (Posted on 9/3/13)
Great rocket. I got one when I was 12 in the 70's. On it's maiden flight it flew great. The only problem was it made a splash down in my ditch. This completely distroyed it. Later as a young adult (20's), I purchaced another. Launched it a few times and set it aside. Now as an older adult with kids I have turned my son onto the hobby. He has his rockets and I have my Alpha 3. That Alpha 3 flies better than all of his rockets (not that they are bad). I suggest the A8-3 since it flies plenty high with that one. Great to be back in the Hobby again. (Posted on 7/15/13)
I bought this for my son's 12 birthday. It was 1 day for build so glue could dry. The next day we went to the park it was a calm day. We launched it and up it went the only thing we could see was the smoke form the engine. Finally the parachute popped out then it just floated away we never found it but it was lot's of fun. (Posted on 7/7/13)
My daughter surprised me on Father's Day with a model rocket. We went to the park with lots of wide open space. Loaded the Alpha III with the C6-5 (max height) and watched it disappear, never to be seen again! It was fun while it lasted. We had a great laugh about it. Specail time spent with her. Thanks, Dad (Posted on 6/16/13)