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Dragon Models 1:72 Aerospace Program 50384
McDonnell Mercury Spacecraft Display Model
NASA, Mercury 3 "Freedom 7", Alan Shepard, Launch May 5th, 1961, w/Launch Escape System

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
McDonnell Mercury Spacecraft   2"   1"

In January 1961, Alan Shepard was chosen for the first American manned mission into space. Although the flight was originally scheduled for October 1960, delays by unplanned preparatory work meant that this was postponed several times. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first person in space and to orbit the Earth.

On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted the Freedom 7 mission and became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space. He was launched by a Redstone rocket, and unlike Gagarin's 108-minute orbital flight, Shepard stayed on a ballistic trajectory—a 15-minute suborbital flight which carried him to an altitude of 116 statute miles (187 km) and to a splashdown point 302 statute miles (486 km) down the Atlantic Missile Range. Unlike Gagarin, whose flight was strictly automatic, Shepard had some control of Freedom 7, spacecraft attitude in particular. The launch was seen live on television by millions.

McDonnell Mercury Spacecraft

Project Mercury was the United States' first human spaceflight program running from 1959 through 1963 with the goal of putting a human in orbit around the Earth.

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Dragon's 1:72 scale Mercury Spacecraft is constructed entirely of plastic with an internal metal weight to enhance overall feel. The space capsule features the accurate look and feel of simulated corrugated metal surface found on the real vehicle. The nose can be fitted with an intricately detailed removable escape rocket tower or reconfigured for earth orbit display with the reentry spoiler in the deployed position. The capsule also features three separately applied simulated straps holding the retro-rocket package to the rear heat shield. The model mounts to its display stand to showcase the model as it would appear in flight.

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Dragon Models 1:72 Aerospace Program

The Dragon Models "Aerospace Program" range presents detailed, ready-made plastic models of spacecraft and launch vehicles.

Dragon Models "Aerospace Program" display model spacecraft feature:

  • Molded plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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