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ALR Piranha 1/72


 Edgley Optica 1/72

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Canadair CL-84  Dynavert

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Dassault Balzac V 001 





FREE
1/32 paper card model
Lippish Gleiter-Bombenfleugzeuge.

EARLY JETS ENGINES

DOUGLAS 671

Von Braun
MARS PROJECT 1969

REPUBLIC XP-84

REPUBLIC
P-47 jet engine project


REPUBLIC XP-47J


LOCKHEED L-133
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SWORDFISH
concept plane of 1946


GOLDEN COMET
concept plane of 1946


HORTEN X  Entwurf I
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MORE '46 resin kits:
HORTEN KAMPFJAGER

HORTEN XVIIIa
America bomber project
HORTEN XVIIIb
America bomber project
Me P1106 "T" tail
Me P1106 "Rocket"
HORTEN IX Early design
HORTEN XIII
HORTEN IIIf
EMW A9 and
EMW A10

EMW A6

RuhrstahlKramer X4

Lippish LP-12 Entwurf IV
NOVA
pre-Saturn design

BELL RoBo


Soviet R-7 Sputnik, 1/72


Soviet R-12b

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Rocket Belt
1/12 scale - 56 eur
1/35 scale - not avalable
available FEB 2014;  up: the boxart
mail me to order
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This kit was first released in 1999. At this time there was
almost nothing about the belt on the internet.
Hopefully, William P.Suitor provide me some precious
information and I was then able to make the kit.
The kit is now released again almost as it was in 2000.

To assemble this kit, your will need to make some elements by yourself with metal wire and foil.

Renaud, January 2014

Below: clic to enlarge
Up: the assembled 1/12 scale kit
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Below: the 1/12 scale instruction sheet
Clic to download  Hi Def notice
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Below: the 1/12 parts
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Below: the 1/35 parts
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Below: clic to enlarge
From 1999:
In 1945, aeronautical engineer Wendell Moore joined Bell Aircraft to work on the X-1B experimental rocket plane. That particular aircraft used rocket thrusters to complement its control surfaces in the thin air of the upper atmosphere. The thrusters ran on hydrogen peroxide.
Yes, hydrogen peroxide. The same hydrogen peroxide used to bleach hair and disinfect wounds. For when hydrogen peroxide is put in contact with a silver catalytic agent, the peroxide quickly decomposes into steam that can be directed through a nozzle create a powerful thrust. It's a cheap, powerful rocket fuel.
Soon, Moore was flirting with the idea of using this same propulsion system to propel single human beings through the air Buck Rogers-style. Under contract with the US Army, Moore and Bell Aircraft devoted their skills and creativity to the creation of a "Small Rocket Lift Device" -- the Bell Rocket Belt. Standard oxygen bottles became the fuel tanks and spare components from Mercury spacecraft were used to construct the propulsion system. The propulsion system and the tanks were fixed on a fiberglass corset that was strapped to the pilot's back. Pressurized nitrogen forced the peroxide over a silver-coated catalytic screen, creating the thrust. Yaw control was at left hand and throttle at right, both in the form of motorcycle-type rotating grips.
Fully fueld, the pack weighed 120-pounds and allowed for 21 seconds flight. A vibrating device was installed on the back of the helmet to warn the pilot when it was time to return to the ground.
On April 20, 1961, Harold Graham became the first person fo fly by Rocket Belt. His flight lasted all of 13 seconds and covered 112 feet. But although the Belt was developed for the military, it was not a practical personal transportaotin system. Its range was far too short, the rockets were very noisy, and the hydrogen peroxide fuel was too unstable and corrosive for field use.
In the end, the Bell Rocket Belt found its greatest use as a "stunt" device, showing up the 1964 New York World's Fair, the first Superbowl, in the CBS TV series LOST IN SPACE, and perhaps most memorably, in the opening sequence of the 1965 James Bond movie THUNDERBALL.
With special thanks to William P. Suitor for his precious help.
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