Chrysler PGM-11 Redstone Short-Range Ballistic Missile (1953)
About the Design
Like the Army's Corporal missile, the Redstone was a direct outgrowth of German V-2 rocket technology. However, the Redstone was far more than just an artillery delivery system. America's first true ballistic missile, the vehicle was designed to deliver a 6,000-pound nuclear warhead to targets up to 200 miles distant. Conceived in 1951 and first test flown in August 1953, the Redstone was formally deployed as an operational nuclear deterrent in 1959.
The missile's power and simplicity would ultimately earn it a place in American history as the launch vehicle for the first manned sub-orbital spaceflight on May 5, 1961.
About the Kit
Revell released this kit in 1958, and then re-released it in the mid-1990s as a "Selected Subjects" kit. This same kit was slightly modified to accommodate a Mercury capsule and re-released in 1961 in the now-famous "Newsprint" box to commemorate the launch of Alan Shepherd's Freedom 7.
This model was built from a 1990's re-release.