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V-2 Model Rocket Kit (18mm Version)
The V - 2 ("Vengeance Weapon 2") is perhaps the most famous, and certainly the most infamous, rocket ever built. Designed by Werner von Braun for the Nazi war effort during WWII, the V - 2 was the world's first large liquid-fueled rocket. Originally designated the A - 4, thousands were built by prisoners during the early 1940s. After the war, many captured V - 2s were flown by the U.S. as well as the Soviet Union. Despite its' horrific inception as a weapon of destruction, the V - 2 was the forerunner of all the large liquid-fuel rockets which were to follow.
Featuring a balsa boattail, balsa nose cone and laser-cut basswood fins, this 11 1/4" tall model is true to scale and flies on standard 18mm A thru C motors.
Length: 11.25"/28.58 cm
Diameter: 1.325"/33.7 mm
Weight: 2.3 oz/65 gm
12" Parachute Recovery
Scale: approx. 1/49 (0.02)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Recommended Engines: A8 - 3; B4 - 4; B6 - 4; C6 - 5
What you'll need to build this model:
Adhesive (A wood glue, such as Elmer's Carpenters Glue or Titebond can be used for most steps and is recommended. Epoxy is recommended for one step, but is not required. Other adhesives, such as epoxy or cyanoacrylate [“CA” aka "Super Glue"] can be used if you are familiar with their use.); hobby knife with a sharp #11 blade; straight edge (preferably metal); scissors; masking tape (or cellophane, aka "Scotch" tape); sanding sealer (or balsa fillercoat); thinner (appropriate type for the sanding sealer); small paint brush; paint (Spray paint, such as Krylon or Testors is recommended. Be sure not to mix different types or brands of paint without testing.) - primer (optional), colors (see painting diagrams for a couple of pattern suggestions) & clear (optional); sandpaper (coarse - 100 or 120, medium - 220 or 280, fine - 320 or 400, & [optionally] extra fine - 500 or 600); pencil.
Recommended, but not required: Sanding Block; Tack Cloth; Material to fill body tube seams and/or any imperfections in wood parts, such as Elmer’s Carpenters Wood Filler, Interior Spackling Paste, etc.
What else you'll need to fly this model:
Electronic launch system; launch pad with 1/8" launch rod; recovery wadding; engines (see list of recommended engines above).