Soviet R-7 Rocket "Semiorka"
With Sputnik Cap
Limited edition Sharkit ; 1/72 scale. Price eur140
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the 32 nozzles of the Rocket...
R-7 SEMIORKA: This was the satellite-launching version of Sergi Korolev's workhorse R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which was originally designed to carry nuclear warheads. The rocket made history on October 4th, 1957, when it propelled Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite, into Earth orbit. On November 3, another R-7 sent Sputnik 2 with the dog Laika into space. On April 12, 1961, the R-7 again made history when it carried cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin into orbit aboard Vostok 1. The Vostok carrier was a modified R-7 with an additional stage to propel the Vostok spacecraft to orbital velocity.
To date, more than 1,000 Semiorkas of various types have been launched, making it the most successful space launch system ever created. Even though its technology is now almost 50 years old, the R-7's reliability and low cost have saved it from retirement. France's Ariane company has even considered using R-7s to launch satellites from its facility in Kourou, French Guyana.
R-7 SEMIORKA: Lanceur conçu dans les années cinquantes par Korolev, dérivé d'un missile balistique intercontinental. Le 4 octobre 1957, ce lanceur réussit la mise en orbite du premier satellite artificiel: Spoutnik 1. Le 3 novembre, le même lanceur modifié lance spoutnik 2 avec à son bord la chienne Laïka. Le 12 Avril 1961, c'est le premier homme dans l'espace, Youri Gagarine, avec Vostok 1. Vostok est un R-7 avec un étage suplementaire qui propulse le module spatial en phase finale. De nos jour, largement plus de 1000 Semiorka, toutes versions confondues, ont été tirées. bien que technologiquement dépassé par les lanceurs modernes, il n'est pas question de retraite pour Semiorka, qui a démontré sa fiabilité et son économie. Il est même question que des tirs soient effectués par les Russes à Kourou en Guyane Française, là ou sont déja tirées les fusées Ariane.

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When assembled, this impressive kit stands about 42 cm high (about 1 foot, 3 inches)! To cast these huge parts required sophisticated shell and core molds. It required a lot of extra work, but the results were worth it. When assembled, the model weighs less than 800g, so it can be easily displayed vertically. One last word: It took me 20 hours to assemble and paint the model. You may have to add 10 hours or more if you want a perfect job! Original color box art (shown left)
  • Original color box art (shown left)
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