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SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Flying Model Rocket Kit

by SpaceX

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  • Molded nose cone, tail and transparent fins
  • NEW! - Now with full-color pre-printed body tube
  • Dual parachute recovery
  • Finished model stands 58 cm (22.8 in) tall
  • Made in the USA!


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 23 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B006GX14R8
  • Item model number: 9830
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,862 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Product Description

On December 8, 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to launch, fly, and recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit.

The Falcon 9 rocket delivered the Dragon spacecraft to orbit where it circled the Earth at speeds greater than 7,600 meters per second (17,000 miles per hour). After nearly two orbits, Dragon fired its thrusters to begin reentry and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 3 hours, 19 minutes and 52 seconds after liftoff.

Now you can build and fly your own 1:88 scale model of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft. With molded nose and tail, full-color pre-printed body tube, and full color sticker for nose, the impressive finished model stands a big 58 cm (22.8 in) tall. No painting required! The kit includes molded transparent fins for flight, which can be removed for display. Dual parachutes return the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft separately to Earth.

REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY (not included): Scissors, adhesive tape, white glue, epoxy glue (5-minute type), coffee stirrers or similar to mix and apply epoxy, sheet of printer paper (either A4 or 8.5 x 11 in).

REQUIRED FOR FLIGHT (not included): Model rocket engines (recommended B6-4 or C6-5, but not A8-3), engine igniters, flame proof recovery wadding, launch system.

OTHER NOTES

NEW! Includes full-color pre-printed body tube instead of the full-body sticker. The model's launch lug is 1/8" diameter and the model is designed for standard B and C sized engines, so these are good matches for this rocket:

Estes 302215 Porta-Pad II Launch Pad

Estes 302220 Electron Beam Launch Controller

Estes B6-4 Model Rocket Engine Pack

Estes C6-5 Model Rocket Engine Pack

Designed by SpaceX, and tooled and manufactured in California.

Build and fly your own model of America's newest private space transportation system - from SpaceX!


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I heartily recommend this kit to any model rocket fan, but especially to any SpaceX fan.
Beleg Cuthalion
The wrap must be applied carefully, but once it's on it will enhance the appearance of the model a great deal, and it will strengthen the body tube as well.
J. Waggoner
The rocket itself was pretty easy to put together and the instructions were thorough and clear!
Taylor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Beleg Cuthalion on December 30, 2011
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Firstly, I am not an employee of SpaceX but I have been a fan since their inception. I purchased this kit as soon as it was available and have not been disappointed. The kit is very easy to assemble and looks good enough to use as a display model (though I would like to get a real display piece of the Falcon 9 and/or Dragon - hint! hint!). My seven year old and I were going to wait for the spring to launch it, but the weather has been good enough to do a late December launch. No problems with the launch at all! Having a separate parachute for the Dragon capsule is an added bonus. And, the clear fins make it look like the real deal in flight. We will be getting a few more launched in before winter truly arrives.

I heartily recommend this kit to any model rocket fan, but especially to any SpaceX fan.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. on January 30, 2012
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I've built/designed flying model rockets and this one is well engineered (well duh, it's a rocket company!). There is one large decal that wraps around the entire rocket body and another arc-shaped decal that wraps around the entire capsule. So no painting is required (a nice bonus).

Here's a tip for applying the very large decal. It's easy to screw up and get buckles, a misalignment, or air bubbles. One mistake and you're screwed. To save yourself grief, get a wide container, fill it part way with water, add a drop or two of dish soap to the water and mix it (not sudsy). Run the large decal through the soapy water with the tacky side down trying not to get the printed side wet (a little is okay). Now apply the decal. Match the edge of the decal to the pencil line they've marked on the tube. Gently wrap it around avoiding buckles. As you work around, gently patting the applied area from the center outward to the ends using a dry paper towel. Work out air bubbles and excess water. Finally pat the entire surface until it's snug.

This technique has two benefits: you get a perfect tight finish (no trapped air), and second, you can always peel back and try again if you make a mistake. Just be careful not to excessively over-wet and keep the printed side mostly dry. Don't worry, this trick will not affect the adhesion of the decals.

Happy flying! Go SpaceX!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. G. Zimmerman on February 14, 2012
My daughter bought this kit from Amazon for my birthday last month. The hardest part of assembling the kit was getting the main decal on the Falcon 9, but overall it was easy to put together. I then ordered C 6-5 rocket engines from Amazon, as well as a new launch controller, and launched it last Saturday. The flight went well, but the Dragon nose cone and it's parachute got caught in the 12 mph wind and went off in a direction 180 degrees from where the rocket body landed. The rocket itself survived the landing with only one of the fins being partially moved out of it's slot; that was easy to fix. However, I spent close to an hour searching the desert area around the launch site, but never found the nose cone and it's parachute.

I emailed FlyingModels@SpaceX.com that evening to ask if I could buy a separate nose cone and parachute to replace the one I lost, rather than buying another entire kit. That was 3 days ago and I have not yet received a response. Hopefully there is a way to buy spare parts for this kit!

I WROTE THIS REVIEW LAST NIGHT. TODAY I GOT AN EMAIL FROM SPACEX AND THEY HAVE A WAY TO HELP PREVENT LOST NOSE CONES ON FUTURE KITS:

"We'll add a note on future versions of the instructions that the nose can be tied to the rocket and the parachute with the hole left off the vehicle when winds or other hazards that might be a risk to capsule recovery."

THANKS, SPACEX!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Waggoner on January 10, 2012
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I'm a born-again modeler who started flying model rockets when I was 10, then went back to it when my son was young, and I haven't done much with it lately...but then, my granddaughters are only 4 and 6 years old! I'm 57 now and over the last 45 years I have built probably 50 flying model rockets.

This was a brilliant idea from SpaceX. They not only are building the next generation of real space launch vehicles, but also are getting kids (and adults) involved by putting this model on the market. I salute them for working to bring up a new generation of space exploration enthusiasts!

The kit: I've not built it yet, but I've examined it carefully. The parts are of very high quality. It should be as sturdy as any other commercially available model rocket of its size. The weak spot is of course the clear plastic fins. They are made to be removable so the model can be displayed looking more like the real thing, and snapped on when the rocket is flown. I don't know if they would be very easily damaged upon landing. They look thick enough and strong enough to withstand some bumpy landings, though.

The instructions are clear and detailed. A completely inexperienced modeler who knows how to wield a tube of white glue and a bit of 5-minute epoxy should have no problems putting it together in a couple of hours - and that includes the drying time for the parts, pretty much. No previous experience building a flying model of any kind is required.

The body tube is completely covered with a self-adhesive glossy paper wrap with the logos and other markings on it. There is another wrap for the Dragon capsule.
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