1/72 Scale Disney/von Braun Winged Orbiter
In 1955 Walt Disney produced a three-part series speculating on manned spaceflight. Part one covered what was known at that time about manned space travel culminating in an lavishly animated vignette on a maiden flight of a space shuttle. Disney wisely sought counsel from the leading rocketry expert of that time; Warner von Braun who served as technical expert and host of the series.
Through the use of models and animation the Disney series featured several von Braun spacecraft and rocket concepts including a winged orbiter not to far off from the U.S. space shuttle.
|1955 von Braun winged space orbiter|
|Strombecker RM-1 Rocket Ship|
Sadly, the von Braun winged orbiter was never released as a kit. Having said that the RM-1 and the Glencoe "Retreiver Rocket" reissue could be converted into the basis for the winged orbiter.
Disney and von Braun's Winged Orbiter Flies Again!
|The Von Braun/Disney winged orbiter conversion from the Glencoe/Strombecker RM-1 Rocket kit.|
|The winged orbiter in 1/72 scale with old Stombecker facsimile stand|
|The retro rocket engine comes from an Airfix 1/144 scale Saturn 5 J-2.|
|A perspective on the size of the 1/72 scale winged orbiter.|
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Dragon's 1/72 Apollo 17 kit: Part One
Progress has been slow on my 1/72 scale Apollo 17 build. Below are the latest photos of the J-Mission CSM.
|A view of the Apollo 17 "America" command/service module with the SIM and antennae.|
|A view of the Hi-Gain Antenna|
|A close-up of the SIM bay.|
A more detailed discussion will be forthcoming in a future installment of the pros and cons of building this kit.
Amodel has released its much-anticipated 1//72 kit of the Soviet Buran/Energia launch vehicle. Reports state that this kit is a mix of fiberglass and injection molded parts and commands a hefty price (@$600.00 US).