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Saturday, December 05, 2015 - 12:00 PM UTC
Horizon Models has released a 1/72 plastic Mercury spacecraft . This kit allows the modeler to make two Mercury capsules.
From Horizon Models...

"The dream of manned spaceflight became a reality in the early 1960's. Flying solo aboard the Mercury™ capsule, six brave American Astronauts helped pioneer mankind's early exploration of space. Riding powerful rockets, they would experience extreme acceleration during the rapid ascent into space and reach speeds up to 27,500 kilometres per hour. Early suborbital flights lasted about 15 minutes, whilst later orbital missions would circle the earth every 90 minutes. Upon re-entry, the ablative shield on the outside of their capsule would save them from temperatures over 1,000 degrees Celsius. Once in Earth's atmosphere, a large parachute would slow them and their capsule to a safe speed, allowing a splash down in the ocean. The successful Mercury™ program paved the way for more ambitious manned spaceflight programs, which eventually saw man walk on the moon.

- Parts and decals to make two Mercury Spacecraft
- Choose from three different flight modes - launch, orbit or re-entry
- Detailed Mercury capsule with shingles and bolts finely reproduced
- Parts to build boilerplate, porthole or window versions of the capsule
- Finely engraved recessed panel lines
- High quality water-slide decals included
- Display stands included
- Photo-etch detail parts included

Length: approx. 110 mm (without stand)
Diameter: 26 mm
Parts: 24 per model

Designed in Australia
Plastic parts molded in China
Photo-etch detail parts made in Australia
Decals printed in USA by Microscale Industries."
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These appear to be sharp models. Standard scale. We need these.
DEC 06, 2015 - 08:27 PM
I saw some adds that they're working on a Mecury-Atlas kit in the same scale, too.
DEC 06, 2015 - 10:01 PM
I read also on another page, that you can decorate as either Big Joe, MR-BD, MR-1 to MR-3, MA-1 to MA-4, and MA-5 to MA-9 missions.
JAN 09, 2017 - 03:02 AM
Sounds neat, I'd love to have a few of these in the one true scale...
JAN 09, 2017 - 03:32 AM
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