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Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury US Atlas Rocket Capsule Kit

Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury US Atlas Rocket Capsule Kit

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Relive the Dawn of the Space Race with the exciting 1/72 scale Mercury™-Atlas model kit...

Mankind has always dreamed of space travel, to explore the moon and visit the distant planets. From 1962 this dream began to turn into reality, as the first Americans orbited the Earth using the Mercury™- Atlas. Flying solo, they would pilot the Mercury™ capsule, which sat on top of the mighty Convair Atlas rocket and experience extreme acceleration during the rapid ascent into space. Traveling at over 27,500 kilometers per hour, they would orbit the earth every 90 minutes. Upon re-entry, the ablative shield on the outside of their capsule would save them from temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius. Once in Earth's atmosphere, a large parachute would slow them and their capsule to a safe speed, allowing a splash down in the ocean. The successful Mercury™ program paved the way for more ambitious manned spaceflight programs, which eventually saw a man walk on the moon.
  • Detailed Mercury™ capsule with shingles and bolts
  • Atlas rocket features separately molded pressure & fuel lines
  • Finely engraved recessed panel lines
  • Parts and decals included to build any Mercury™-Atlas mission
  • Alternate parts for early porthole and boilerplate capsules
  • Display stand and detailed instructions included
  • High-quality water-slide decals
  • Photo-etch parts for Mercury™ capsule

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