"Fans of Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the commercial rocket firm of Elon Musk, have been riding high this week, with the approval of its NASA launch mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for February. Plus, the firm has also just been tapped by new space startup Stratolaunch--backed by Microsoft billionaire Paul G. Allen--to help power that company's own space efforts. However, what might make fans of the company the happiest, is the firm said today that anyone can now build their own, Falcon 9 Rocket--albeit, as a 1:88 scale model--in the next few weeks, via a Falcon 9/Dragon model kit. SpaceX said the model kits are currently in production, and allow anyone to build and fly their own, 1:88 scale model of the Space X Falcon 9 with the Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX explained the kits will allow anyone to launch their own Falcon 9, and includes dual parachutes to return the actual, launch-able rocket back to Earth." [GD: Story leached in full]
- Molded nose cone, tail and transparent fins
- Large full-color body wrap sticker
- Dual parachute recovery
- Finished model stands 58 cm (22.8 in) tall
- Made in the USA!
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 23 inches ; 12 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
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!
I SO want my own Falcon 9! I mean, who wouldn't? :P
Best of all it's made local too!