Estes - (Astron) Alpha (K-25 or #1225) Gallery

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  1. Jul 11, 2011 #31

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    I am considering building a clone of my Astron Alpha, which was my first ever model rocket. It will need to have no sealer or filler on the fins or on the balsa nose cone, no filler in the body tube spirals, lopsided asymmetrical fin airfoiling, and a paint scheme consisting of white and red dope, brushed on, with no primer. No decals; the Alpha didn't have any back in 1967. It will be work, but I think I can pull it off.
     
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    The hard part will be finding the dope (unless you still have some:D)
     
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    No, butyrate dope paint is still being produced, and it isn't hard to find. No, the really hard part is going to be to regrow the brain cells that I used to have so that I can kill them off once again during the build.
     
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    I know it's still being produced, but at least around here seeing it on the shelf at the hobby shop is rather less likely than it was "back in the day".

    Point taken on the brain cells. That might explain a few things about my behavior....:)
     
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    Gotta go for the complete experience, you know... ;)
     
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    Then you're gonna need nitrate dope. ;)
     
  7. Jul 14, 2011 #37

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    I never used nitrate dope, only butyrate. I bought my first two colors (red and white) as part of my very first order to Estes Industries.

    Here is a source for butyrate dope:

    http://www.brodak.com/shop_productdetail.php?ProductID=6734
     
  8. Aug 25, 2011 #38

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    Great Alpha variations posted in the gallery so far; I've enjoyed them immensely and they've inspired me to finish a project I started a while back. Long story short, some time back I set out to build every variation of Alpha that Estes ever made. This project has been on and off again for a few years, but recently completed. Here are a few photos of the results.

    The inner ring of rockets are Alpha I's and II's. Chronological sequencing (Alpha geneology?:)) goes from left to right (1967 to current). The outer ring of rockets are Alpha III's, IV's and Super Alphas....also chronological except that the Super Alpha #0717 (fades yellow to red) preceeds the orange Alpha III's and Black/Red Alpha IV to its left.
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    Now we've added the bigger brothers: Maxi Alpha III and Maxi Alpha with a 4" upscale Alpha in the middle (okay, that's not really a member of the Estes Alpha family).
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    The family relocated to a set of tracks.
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    Along the tracks again with a different perspective...like the layout, don't like the poor lighting and shadows.
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    -Eric-

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    Who knew that the rocket that is the quintessential 3FNC would earn so much love and inspire so much creativity? :)
     
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    YT video of my "Super Charged" Alpha. It started as a super alpha with the stock 18mm MMT, and has 3 strap on 13mm A10-3T deployable boosters. The booster pods are 18mm tubes with an extra piece of tube glued around the outside, and 1/4 tubes glued onto the booster to act as thrust rings, so if one doesn't light it will hang on for the ride. There is a small port cut into the top of the booster tube so the ejection charge will deploy the booster. Boosters are light enough and tumble for recovery without worries, besides finding them.



    PS. A special thanks to my buddy for getting the video on his iphone, pardon his grammarz.
     
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    Here is my Estes Maxi Alpha 3....kinda.

    I gave it a 4" trim and added a 29mm mount. (thats what happens when you hang around Wildman too much- even an Alpha gets "juiced"

    I wraped the body with monocote (easier than pant and stiffend up the body tube a bit) and left the nose unpainted. I built this in about 90 min. last night when I couldn't fall asleep. With the extra weight from the motor mount, wooden centering ring and the monocote, it's only an ounce and a half heavier than the stock weight.

    The next question is "how much motor will those plastic fins take" I will report back with that answer.

    Maxi  Alpha 3 002.jpg

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    The DD with her Alpha. Its flown on everything from D12s to E30s. It rocks on the E30s!

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    It sitting on the workbench awaiting paint now.
     
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    Here Is mine, complete with plywood centering rings, monocote covering and a 29mm mount with aeropack. Have flown on D's, E's and F's (4 inches shorter also)

    Maxi  Alpha 3 001.jpg
     
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    Retro look.:cool:

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    This is mine... Those plastic fins are super flimsy.

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    My Alpha

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    I was inspired by ECayemberg's alpha collection, over on YORP, so I cloned the alpha's too. Clone, goony, and card model.

    These are the old Alpha design, the new Alpha design, Alpha 2, Alpha3, and Alpha 4.

    The new alpha design has an extra alpha meant to illustrate how not to build one - fins are wrong, decal is wrong, and second coat of paint was shot at the wrong time causing wrinkles.

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    Now for the rest of the story of the Alpha clones, goonies, and cardmodels:
    Super alpha (freaky BT-50 size), Super alpha (that we all know and love), Maxi Alpha, and Maxi Alpha 3.

    The Maxi Alpha and Maxi Alpha 3 goonies are actually Maxi Goonies, being based on a BT80 tube and 80BB nose.

    Don't look too close, but I screwed up the paint job on the Maxi Alpha 3 lower tube and painted it red. It wasn't until I was applying decals that I finally realized it should have been white. And, just for kicks, I made a Maxi Alpha 3 as a Skeletal Maxi Alpha 3, with no BT80 tube, but with a BT50 tube extending the full length.


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    For your viewing pleasure. I completed the paint job on my Estes Alpha III upscale today. The rocket is completely scratch built, except for the motor mount and parachute. All up weight is 32 ounces. I designed it to fly on g61's and g67's, but can fly on 38mm small H's also.


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    David, that rocks!:D I concede to your madness. Well executed collection and fantastic goonies! Congrats on a fine collection!

    Let me see if I have this right: the goonies you built are all BT-60 (except the MA, MA3); the originals are all BT-50 (except SA, MA, MA3), and the downscales are BT-5?

    Again, awesome job!

    -Eric-
     
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    Welcome to the Estes - (Astron) Alpha (K-25 or #1225) Gallery on TRF.

    This gallery showcases the Estes - (Astron) Alpha (K-25 or #1225) and those rockets derived from it. Particularly appropriate in this thread are the following:


    Estes: (Astron) Alpha: K-25 or #1225
    Estes: (Astron) Alpha II: EK-25 or #1421
    Estes: (Astron) Alpha III: K-56 or #1256
    Estes: (Astron) Alpha IV: #1258
    Estes: Maxi Alpha: #1291
    Estes: Maxi Alpha 3: #1321
    Estes: Maxi Alpha 3: #1903
    Estes: Super Alpha: #3216
    Semroc: Start: KA-25



    as well as any upscales, downscales, clones, kitbashes or other derivative works. Even Goonies qualify!





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    Estes (Astron) Alpha II (EK-25 or #1421) Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Astron Alpha II Also known as: Alpha II

    NUMBER: EK-25 or #1421

    Introduced:
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    Type: Sport, Educational
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
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    Estes (Astron) Alpha III (K-56 or #1256) Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Astron Alpha III Also known as: Alpha III, Alpha 3

    NUMBER: K-56 or #1256

    Introduced: 1971
    Final Year:
    Designer: Mike Dorffler

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 12.25"
    Diameter: 0.976"
    Span:
    Weight: 1.2 oz

    Mfg. Description: Just like the Alpha except it's easier to assemble and fly! Plastic nose cone and fins. (Estes 1971 Catalog)


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    Estes (Astron) Alpha IV (#1258) Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Astron Alpha IV Also known as: Alpha IV

    NUMBER: #1258

    Introduced: 1998
    Final Year: 1998
    Designer:

    Type: Sport, Commemorative
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
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    Estes (Astron) Alpha (K-25 or #1225) Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Astron Alpha Also known as: Alpha

    NUMBER: K-25 or #1225

    Introduced: 1966
    Final Year:
    Designer: Bill Simon

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 12.3 in. (31.2 cm)
    Diameter: 0.98 in. (25 mm)
    Span:
    Weight: 0.8 oz. (23 g)

    Mfg. Description: An exciting rocket to fly. From "Lift-off" to recovery, it demonstrates superior flight characteristics. The easiest parachute model to "prep" and fly. With its low weight and streamlined design, the Alpha will reach high altitudes consistently. An excellent model to have in your rocket fleet. The choice of experienced modelers because of its high performance and dependability. (Estes 1967 Catalog)

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    1969 Catalog text identical to 1967 Catalog

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    "OUT OF THIS WORLD" performance from an easy to build model! First choice for beginning and experienced rocketeers, the ALPHA offers dependable high performance from lift-off through parachute recovery. Easy to prep, easy to fly, this "bird" will be one of your favorites as your rocket fleet grows. (Engines not included.) (Estes 1970 Catalog)

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    When a 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 Skill Level 1 kit that includes a one piece body tube, laser cut wood 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 engine, the rocket can reach cloud topping altitudes of 1,000 feet. Recovery of this aerodynamic wonder is accomplished with a colorful 12 inch 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! (Estes 2011 Web Ad)


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    Estes (Astron) Alpha (K-25 or #1225) Basic Information Continued

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    Estes Maxi Alpha 3 (#1321) Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Maxi Alpha 3 Also known as:

    NUMBER: #1321

    Introduced: 1979
    Final Year: 1985
    Designer: Bruce Paton, Keith Niskern

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x24mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 33.25"
    Diameter: 2.6"
    Span:
    Weight: 7.4 oz

    Mfg. Description: Very easy-to-assemble giant scale version of one of our most popular kits. Can be ready to launch in approximately 30 minutes. Features new press-fit plastic fin unit plus plastic nose cone. "D" engine power for truly spectacular flights up to 500 feet. Perfect for demonstrations. Really dramatic recovery via huge 24" parachute. Nose cone, fin unit and body tube are all pre-colored. No painting required! Includes big kit decals and quick release engine mount too! A 3/16" launch rod is recommended for lift off. (Estes 1979 Catalog)


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    Estes Maxi Alpha 3 (#1903) Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Maxi Alpha 3 Also known as: Maxi Alpha Three

    NUMBER: #1903

    Introduced: 2011
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x24mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 33.25 in. (84.5 cm)
    Diameter: 2.6 in. (66 mm)
    Span:
    Weight: 6.6 oz. (187 g)

    Mfg. Description: D & E engine power at its finest! Powered by a D12-3, *E9-4 or an *E9-6, the Maxi Alpha 3 can reach heights of 700 feet! That's pretty amazing for a rocket that weighs over 6 ounces yet is fairly simple to build.

    It might take an afternoon of your time but then it's off to the flying field to have some fun! (Estes 2011 Web Ad)


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    Estes Maxi Alpha (#1291) Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Maxi Alpha Also known as:

    NUMBER:

    Introduced: 1977
    Final Year: 1980
    Designer:

    Type: Sport, Upscale
    Motor Mount: 1x24mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 33.2"
    Diameter: 2.6"
    Span:
    Weight: 6.17 oz

    Mfg. Description: Giant scale version of our most popular rocket, the Alpha. Great for demonstrations and slow, realistic lift-offs and dramatic 24" chute recovery. Flights up to 500 feet with "D" engine. Comes with die cut balsa fins, molded plastic nose cone, quick release engine mount and huge decal. Assembles in approximately 30 minutes. Perfect launch vehicle for one, two or three Firefly gliders. (Estes 1977 Catalog)


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