Convair Space Shuttle (1959)
About the Design
Yet one more conceptual spacecraft designed from prolific aerospace engineer Krafft Ehricke. (The man was a one-man space program.) This 1959 release accurately predicted the function -- but not the form -- of the actual U.S. Space Shuttle. This five-man spacecraft was to be launched via a disposable booster and achieve orbit using a drop-away second stage. Before returning to Earth, the orbiter would drop its third-stage "power unit" and return home as an unpowered glider. The manned module was, one assumes, reusable.
About the Kit
Released briefly in the late 1950s, the Convair Space Shuttle was re-released as a retro space "pirate ship" in Revell's funky "Space Pursuit" set of 1968. It resurfaced again in 1996 as part of Revell/Monogram's "Special Subjects Program," a "nostalgia" campaign aimed at aging Baby Boomers.
This is a build-up of the 1990's re-issue.