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#AA-5008   1/144 scale  X-33, X-34, X-37, X-40A, X-42  X-planes RLVs compile-set

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

68 resin parts

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decal

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Unit price: US$82

Shipping charge: US$14

Each model kit contents 1 sheet of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$2.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In early 1990s, US congress requested to reduce funding for Space Shuttle operations. It is difficult for NASA to reduce costs without affecting safety. Many studies suggest that a Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) designed for quick-turnaround operation after each flight will allow for costs reduction. In 1994, NASA launched the RLV programs to demonstrate technologies of a new generation of space boosters capable of delivering payloads at lower cost. Lockheed Martin was selected as partner for the X-33 development, and Orbital Sciences won contract for the X-34 program. In 1996, the USAF interested in the RLV concept which has potential to become operational military space plane. A competition calling for advanced RLV started. Boeing won contracts to develop the X-37 launch vehicle and X-40A aerodynamic testbed. The X-40A first drop-tested in 1998. In 2001, due to budget cut, both the X-33 and X-34 were cancelled while the X-33 85% completed and the X-34 took place first unpowered flight. In 2002, Orbital Sciences has presented a design for the USAF's reusable solution to the upper stage requirement. It became the X-42 still-classified space project.

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Reusable launch vehicle

To demonstrate and verify the new RLV technologies.

72ft.5in.(X-33) / 27ft.8in.(X-34) / 15ft.(X-37) / 11ft.6in.(X-40A) / 33ft.8in.(X-42)

66ft.7in.(X-33) / 58ft.4in.(X-34) / 27ft.6in.(X-37) / 22ft.(X-40A) / 53ft.10in.(X-42)

1x Rocketdyne J-2S aerospike engine (X-33)

1x Rocketdyne MC-1 Fastrac rocket engine (X-34)

1x Rocketdyne AR2-3 rocket engine (X-37)

none (X-40A)

1x Rocketdyne RS-27 rocket engine (X-42)

12000mph(X-33) / 5360mph(X-34) / 16750mph(X-23) / 100mph(X-40A) / unknown(X-42)

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Model References

The X-33, X-34, X-37, X-40A, X-42 are suitable to group with the following collection series.

International RLV

Avatar RLV

Boeing X-37

Boeing X-40A

Canadian Arrow

Dassault Hermes

Kistler Aerospace K-1

Lockheed X-33A

McDonnell-Douglas DC-X

NPO Energia Kliper

Orbital Sciences X-34

Orbital Sciences X-42 Pop-up Upper stage

PlanetSpace Silver Dart

Scale-Composites X-38 CRV

Spaceship Co. Space Ship One

Spaceship Co. Space Ship Two

XCOR Areospace Lynx Reocketplane

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U.S. Experimantal aircraft "X-Planes"

Bell X-1

Bell X-2

Douglas X-3 Stilletto

Northrop X-4 Bantam

Bell X-5

Convair X-6

Lockheed X-7

Aerojet General X-8 Aerobee

Bell X-9 Shrike

North Ameriacn X-10

Convair X-11 Atlas A

Convair X-12 Atlas B

Ryan X-13 Vertijet

Bell X-14

Northrop American X-15

Bell X-16 Bald Eagle

Lockheed X-17

Hiller X-18

Curtiss-Wright X-19

Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar

Northrop X-21A

Bell X-22A

Martin Mariette X-23A PRIME

Martin Mariette X-24A/B

Bensen X-25

Schweizer X-26A / Lockheed X-26B Q-Star

Lockheed X-27 Lancer

Pereira X-28A Osprey

Grumman X-29A

Boeing X-30A

Rockwell International / MBB X-31A

Boeing X-32A

Lockheed X-33A

Orbital Sciences X-34

Lockheed Martin X-35A

Boeing X-36

Boeing X-37

Scale-Composites X-38 CRV

X-39 (unknown)

Boeing X-40A

Boeing X-41 CAV

Orbital Sciences X-42 Pop-up Upper stage

Micro Craft X-43A Hyper-X

Lockheed Martin / NASA X-44 Manta

Boeing X-45A UAV

Boeing X-46

Northrop Grumman X-47 Pegasus

Boeing / NASA X-48

X-49 (unknown)

Boeing / DARPA X-50 Dragonfly

Boeing X-51A

X-52 (unknown)

NASA X-53 AAW