Mercury Redstone Builders Kit 1/17.5th scale for 3.90 Tube
- Our Mercury Redstone “Builders Kit” is the easy way to build a beautiful scale flying model of the vehicle that launched the first Americans into space
- Kit is crafted from quality 3D-printed ABS parts and includes:
- A highly-detailed Mercury capsule with skin corrugations, door, window, and RCS jet detail
- An easy-to-build escape tower.
- A screw-on shoulder with an internal compartment for nose weight
- Four Redstone fins with fillets and con-formal root edges
- Two motor mounts with provisions for shock cord mounting and motor retention
- Includes launch lugs & rail guides
- Pull plug covers
- Full booster vinyl decals (upper roll pattern, vertical United States, and MR 7 boxes)
- Includes step-by-step Assembly Instructions
Turn heads at any rocket launch with the Boyce Aerospace Hobbies Mercury Redstone “Builders Kit.” This easy-to-build kit is a flying model of the vehicle that launched the first Americans into space. It is comprised of high-quality 3D-printed ABS parts and includes motor mounts, launch lugs, pull plug covers, decals and step-by-step building instructions. Complete your Mercury Redstone “Builders Kit” with paint and glue.
Boyce Aerospace Hobbies recommends hobbyists under the age of 13 be supervised by an adult at all times.
Great service and products
Web ordering was very simple. Products expertly packaged and delivered in perfect condition. Excellent experience!
Makes a Great Mid to High Power Scale Rocket
Overall I am very pleased with this. Initial Review: Kit components arrived promptly, complete, and without any damage. The kit components are all of very high quality. As is clearly stated, this is a "Builders kit" and requires you to provide body tubes, coupler and recovery gear etc. as specified in the instructions. Build: The Instructions are excellent and easy to follow. One recommendation I used in my build is to add a "stuffer tube" leading to a centering ring towards the upper part of the body tube. This accomplishes 2 things; 1, it helps keep the recovery gear and chutes close to the capsule so that they will deploy cleanly and not get pushed down into the body tube, and 2, Keeping the recovery gear forward helps to keep the CG foward and stability can become an issue if not balanced to the instructions. In the capsule I added an Eggtimer apogee to help ensure deployment and report the altitude. Even with this, some weight was added to the capsule to bring the CG to the recommended range per the instructions. Finishing: Finishing this kit was fun. A high build primer will fill in the 3d printed grooves after a couple coats and sanding. The fin can is large enough that it is not too challenging to paint the Black and White roll pattern. The included decals really set it off, but I still had to order decals for the capsule from Stickershock. Flights: This is a great flying rocket when built correctly and is fun at low and high power fields alike. My finished rocket less motor weighed 45 ounces leaving 8 ounces for motor weight to stay low power. I have flown this rocket 3 times now. Liftoffs are slow enough to look somewhat scale depending on motor used. The boost has been straight and stable. The capsule descends seperatly from the booster which looks really cool. Here are the motors I have flown in this rocket and respective altitudes: 1. Aerotech H128W: 752' 2. Aerotech G80T: 622' 3. CTI G126: 484' I think this rocket flies and looks best with full G to Baby H motors. I don't have any intentions of flying this on "I" motors.
Great kit to build - Impressive when done
I REALLY enjoyed building this "Builders Kit". Excellent instructions, logical assembly, excellent part fit and an impressive model when done. It will make a great display model or flyer (I have not flown mine yet its winter in Iowa, no fun). You provide the body tubes and a few extras all of which are easily available on line.
Building this kit was straight forward with great instructions. Having a airborne made it easy to give it a great paint job. It is proudly displayed in my living room with my 1:100 Saturn V. Looking forward to launching it soon. A great model of early U.S. space program.
Mercury Redstone Builders kit
Instructions were good, how about a 38mm motor opp. I installed a ply ring just in front of cg so that the chutes would not slide down the tube and change the balance. put some vent holes in the ring and it acts like a baffle. I beefed up the shock cord also. Use nomex cloth instead of wadding.Flew first flight with a H255 super straight , very stable. Decals were very nice, maybe some for the capsule? Thanks Scott Dukes level 3