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 Propulsion Module.

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The NERVA Propulsion Module in Pictures.
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 same.
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); (11) Decals.
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.