Mars Manned Vessel
Project Proposed by Dr. Werner
von Braun in 1969.
Sharkit limited edition model, 1/72 scale.
This model is being released section by
section.The first two available components are the NERVA nuclear engine
and its matching hydrogen tank.
Assembled, these two elements form the NERVA
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The NERVA Propulsion Module
NERVA engine price: eur40;
Corresponding H2 Tank price: eur110;
You can order this kit now,
just e-mail me.
Above are the decals on the
side of the NERVA Propulsion Module.
Below is the rear of the Propulsion
Module with the NERVA engine.
1/72 NERVA Propulsion Module.
The hydrogen tank to match our previous release,
the NERVA engine, is now available. Together, these two Sharkits create
one of the three nuclear propulsion modules of the proposed Mars vessel.
The object covering the front side of the tank is a simple cap. If you
replace it with a docking port (available soon), you can connect a payload
module and create the Nuclear Shuttle. This docking port will be released
soon. (Date not yet available.) The Mars Mission Module is currently under
development by Sharkit. So don't glue the cap in place; you will have to
remove it and replace it with the docking module.
Kity assembly instructions
Your pre-cut PVC tube (2) is provided. Sand it a
bit, apply a primer coat, then paint the tube white. The textured elements
inside, outside, and on the vertical sections must be painted in semi-gloss
black. The two model stands (10) can be painted any color you wish (We
recommend aluminum) and a soft thick protective layer (felt for instance)
will be neccessary not to damage your model.
Draw the RCS support plate (5) emplacement over
Part 2. Cut Part 5 (45x35mm and 15x50mm) and the cardboard 3 & 4 to
a good size. Use a knife with a new blade. Only the cutting edges of the
cardbard need paint. Assemble the RCS. The nozzles are angled. Give priority
to the angle and after sanding, square the end of the nozzles.
Paint the RCS silver. After applying a silver layer,
the inside of the nozzles can receive a red tinted varnish.
Glue the RCS on their plate (5). Glue the cardboard
and end the rings with the set RCS/5. Do not glue the cap if you want later
to replace it with the docking port (Coming Soon) .This part is white plastic,
but you may paint it aluminum.
Make the rear cone (9) that supports the NERVA engine
removable. This is not difficult. The colors for parts 9 and 1 are the
Kit parts list:
(1) Front cap (vacu); (2) PVC tube; (3)
Aluminum corrugated cardboard; (4) Black corrugated cardboard; (5) RCS
support plates: silver plastic sheet ;(6) RCS nozzles (4x8 parts); (7)
RCS body (8 parts); (9) Rear cone (vacu); (10) Model stands (two parts);
Price: $85. Available now.
NERVA, nuclear rocket engine.
Sharkit limited edition resin model, 1/72
scale; price $34.
The kit is easy to build (15
parts) and 11 cm long. The picture below shows the engine and an astronaut
at the same scale.
The NERVA engine, whose name stands for "Nuclear
Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application," was the goal of the nuclear
rocket program sponsored and conducted between 1961 and 1970 by America's
Atomic Energy Commission and NASA. Small test nuclear rocket engines were
built and succesfully tested in Nevada between 1964 and 1969. The NERVA
engine was to carry much heavier loads than conventionall rocket engines,
and would ultimately send astronauts to Mars. This kit is the first part
of the entire 1/72 Mars Vessel that Sharkit plans to produce.
This interplanetery vessel project was proposed
by Dr. Werner von Braun in 1969.