V-2, American Style
The Nazis poured a substantial sum of money and committed a large amount of personnel in the V-2 (also known as the A-4) program. Over 2,600 rockets were launched at London and Antwerp and the loss of life was high. As a weapon of war it was in-effective according to post war studies. But in fact this tremendous investment by the Nazis proved to be a huge gift to the Allies. The victors realized what a game changer this device was and were quick to snatch up all material associated with the rocket. By September of 1945, the Americans had moved 300 rail cars filled with all things V-2 to the United States for testing. In this same time period Werner Von Braun and his staff of rocket engineers also made the move to the US under the “Operation Paperclip” program. In January 1946 the first V-2 made it’s first flight at White Sands testing grounds in New Mexico. Used as a testing bed for exploring the upper reaches of the atmosphere, the V-2 proved successful in 69% of it’s launches. Eventually the famous Redstone rocket would be developed from the data obtained from the V-2. My version of the V-2 depicts a sounding rocket used to collect samples of cosmic rays and test samples of atmospheric pressure near the edge of space. The kit was released by Revell in 1960 and was a detailed model for it’s day. The rocket could be displayed on it’s mobile launcher showing off it’s interior systems. I added a fuel truck and launch pole gantry for visual effect.
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