Estes 1/34 Mercury Redstone Liberty Bell 7 Rocket Skill Level 3 (Unassembled Kit) - ES1921

New Pre-Order Estes 1/34 Mercury Redstone Liberty Bell 7 Rocket Skill Level 3 (Unassembled Kit) - ES1921

Estes 1/34 Mercury Redstone Liberty Bell 7 Rocket Skill Level 3 (Unassembled Kit)

The Estes Mercury Redstone 4 is an impressive 1/34 scale model of the historic NASA spacecraft and rocket. The finished kit stands nearly 29 inches tall and features laser-cut, layered balsa fins and a moulded plastic model of Grissom’s Liberty Bell 7 and it’s Launch Escape System (LES). The set of detailed water-slide decals even includes the distinctive white “crack” that Gus painted onto the side of his spacecraft to make it resemble the actual Liberty Bell. This Advanced kit is a “must have” for all serious model rocketeers! Put the Mercury Redstone 4 on the flight line and countdown to launch, and watch it reach altitudes up to 200 feet on a C6-3 engine. Rocket and spacecraft return together under a colourful 15 inch parachute, ready to prep and launch again.

When Gus Grissom climbed into the cockpit of his Mercury spacecraft on the morning of July 21, 1961, he was ready for an adventure. Grissom’s Mercury mission (MR-4) was the second of the series, and like Alan Shephard before him, it was a sub-orbital lob. The Redstone rocket would take Gus and his spacecraft, dubbed Liberty Bell 7, above the atmosphere, but not quite fast enough to achieve orbit. The launch was on time and perfect, as was the short period of weightless flight, and re-entry through the atmosphere. Liberty Bell 7 deployed its main parachute as expected and landed within two miles of the Navy recovery team. Gus secured the spacecraft and waited to be rescued. However, without warning, the explosive hatch blew off and the spacecraft begin to take on water. Grissom escaped but nearly drowned in his spacesuit. Liberty Bell 7 filled with seawater and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. It was the only NASA spacecraft ever lost at sea.

As for the real Liberty Bell 7, in 1999 after resting silently beneath the Atlantic for 38 years, a recovery team located and raised the spacecraft from its 16,000-foot depth. Now restored, Gus Grissom’s once lost spacecraft is on display in a Kansas museum, a tribute to the memorable, early days of the U.S. space program.

Precision - 1/34 Scale Replica
Recovery - 15 in. (38.1cm) Parachute
Projected Max Altitude - 200 ft. (61m)
Length - 28.6 in. (72.6cm)
Diameter - 2.05 in. (52 mm)
Estimated Weight - 3.7oz. (104.9g)

In the Box
Estes Mercury Redstone Liberty Bell 7 Rocket Skill Level 3 (Unassembled Kit)
Estes 15 in. (38.1cm) Parachute

Required to Complete
Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller
Rocket Engines - Recommended C5-3, C6-3
Engine Ignitors
Recovery Wadding
1.5v High Quality AA Batteries
Plastic Cement Glue
Carpenters Glue
Fine Sand Paper
Hobby Knife
Primer (White)
Paint (White)
Paint (Black)

Note: Estes model rockets are recommended for ages 14+ with Adult supervision

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    Brand: Estes
  • Product Code: ES1921
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  • £21.99

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