Word has been getting around that a new kit will be hitting the market soon. Now listed on Amazon.com is a 1:88 scale model of SpaceX’s Falcon 9/Dragon rocket and capsule. Even better, this thing actually flies! Standing nearly 23 inches tall, this model is a typical low-power model that flies on A, B, and C motors. More interestingly, I think, is the dual parachute recovery system not often found on low-power rockets. Nevertheless, I know what I would like to get when it comes out.
Amazon product description:
On December 8, 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to launch, fly, and recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket delivered the Dragon spacecraft to orbit where it circled the Earth at speeds greater than 7,600 meters per second (17,000 miles per hour). After nearly two orbits, Dragon fired its thrusters to begin reentry and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 3 hours, 19 minutes and 52 seconds after liftoff. Now you can build and fly your own 1:88 scale model of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft. With molded nose and tail, and full color stickers for body and nose, the impressive finished model stands a big 58 cm (22.8 in) tall. No painting required! The kit includes molded transparent fins for flight, which can be removed for display. Dual parachutes return the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft separately to Earth. REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY (not included): Scissors, adhesive tape, white glue, epoxy glue (5-minute type), coffee stirrers or similar to mix and apply epoxy, sheet of printer paper (either A4 or 8.5 x 11 in). REQUIRED FOR FLIGHT (not included): Model rocket engines (recommended A8-3, B6-4, C6-5), engine igniters, flame proof recovery wadding, launch system. Designed by SpaceX, and tooled and manufactured in California. Build and fly your own model of America’s newest private space transportation system – from SpaceX!