Redstone began what became known as the "race for the
moon", even though it began more as a "catch
up" program in an effort to keep pace with the rapidly
advancing Russian space program of the day.
Limited to sub-orbital flights,
the Mercury Redstone brought outer space to the homes
of all Americans by sending one of them into space and
back. Our first, true-blue American hero in many, many
years, Alan Shepard of Derry, New Hampshire will forever be
known as one of the "Original Seven" American
astronauts, each an American hero in his own right.
Small in size, this 70 inch
diameter missile (Redstone) with the tiny Mercury
capsule sitting on top, had a very big mission. To prove
to the world that we were as good, if not better than the only
other space-fairing nation, the Soviet Union. With
missions that lasted much less time than it even took to get
into the flight suit, and a capsule compartment smaller than
the driver seat of a VW Beatle, this craft and its mission
inspired a nation and a leader to strive for the moon.
This 1:130 sport scale model of
the Mercury Redstone offers enough detail to satisfy
any scale enthusiast while remaining easy enough to build for
anyone with basic model rocket building experience.