Von Braun 3-Stage Ferry Rocket (1952)
About the Design
During World War Two, Dr. Werner Von Braun was the leading designer behind Germany's A-4/V-2 rocket, the world's first ballistic missile. After the war, Von Braun emigrated to the United States where his knowledge, genius and undeniable charisma was put to work on behalf of America's own military and civilian space programs -- and on popularizing the notion of manned space flight with the general public.
In 1952, Von Braun contributed to a series of stunning articles published by Collier's magazine in which, for the first time, credible concepts for manned rocket ships were presented to a mass audience. Von Braun's design for a three-stage chemical-fueled rocket, complete with winged manned orbiter, became one of that decade's most famous and iconic symbols of America's ambitions for the Conquest of Space.
About the Kit
Released in early 2008, this was the first fully accurate model of this iconic conceptual spacecraft produced in kit form. Not only did this model separate into three stages complete with visible engine clusters, it had the added bonus of a large, detailed launch pad.
The kit was retired in October 2010.