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#AA-5007   1/144 scale  M2-F2, HL-10, HL-20, X-23, X-24A, X-24B  Lifting bodies compile-set


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

62 resin parts


Clear resin canopies, decal



Unit price: US$58

Shipping charge: US$6.50

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

Extra decal



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1957, NASA had investigated the problems associated with re-entry from space of missile nose cone. Engineers conceived the lifting body idea that by modifying a cone shape, aerodynamic lift could be produced to fly back from space rather than plunge to the earth. This study led to the design known as the M-2, a "M"odified half-cone, rounded on bottom and flat on top, with twin tail-fins. This configuration allowed lifting body to be landing on a runway rather than parachuting into the ocean. In 1962, NASA built the first lifting prototype, the unpowered M2-F1. With the success of M2-F1 program, NASA signed contract to Northrop to build the rocket engined M2-F2 and HL-10. In 1963, USAF joined the program. Martin was contracted to build the X-23 test-bed and the piloted X-24A. In 1972, the X-24A was modified to X-24B with shape in delta platform to validate the Space Shuttle landing concept. In 1990, the lifting body program was revived with the HL-20 PLS (Personal Launch System). It is a reentry vehicle that was designed to complement the Space Shuttle orbiter.











Lifting bodies

To verify the theoretical advantage of the lifting body configuration.

9ft.8in.(M2-F2) / 13ft.7in.(HL-10) / 4ft.(X-23) / 13ft.8in.(X-24A) / 19ft.2in.(X-24B) / 23ft.6in.(HL-20)

22ft.2in.(M2-F2) / 21ft.2in.(HL-10) / 6ft.8in.(X-23) / 24ft.6in.(X-24A) / 37ft.6in.(X-24B) / 29ft.(HL-20)

1x Reaction Motors XLR-11 rocket engine (M2-F2 / HL-10)

1x Convair SLV-3 Atlas ICBM (X-23)

1x Thiokol XLR11-RM-13 rocket engine (X-24A / X-24B)

1x Martin Titan III (HL-20)

466mph(M2-F2) / 1228mph(HL-10) / 16500mph(X-23) / 1036mph(X-24A) / 1164mph(X-24B)

1(M2-F2) / 1(HL-10) / none(X-23) / 1(X-24A) / 1(X-24B) / 10(HL-20)


Model References

The M2F2, HL-10, HL-20, X-23, X-24A, X-24B are suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S.A.F. military space-craft

Bell BoMi

Boeing X-20 Dyna Soar

Lockheed FDL-5

McDonnell Gemini (MOL)

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)