Russian R7/Luna

What's a space race without a little cold war competition? Dr. Zooch and his human scale alter-ego Wes Oleszewski offer this model of the Russian R7/Luna. The R7 is a booster with four strap-on boosters surrounding the core booster. Each booster contains four liquid oxygen and kerosene powered engines for a total of 20 engines. Please don't make us use the word booster again in this paragraph. The R7's primary designer was Sergey Korolev. The R7 program began in the mid 50s and was intended to deliver drop shipments of big-ass atomic bombs to the United States. Upon delivery these bombs would go boom. Fortunately for all of us the cold war stayed as cool as a vodka and cranberry cocktail. Beginning in 1957 The R7 has been used to launch satellites and manned spacecraft. This particular model represents the R7 booster topped with a capsule which released the Luna 1 probe. Launched on January 2, 1959 Luna 1 flew past the moon.The imposing dull finish and 1.08 million pounds of thrust emanating from those 20 nozzles scared Americans more than the word "borscht". We started running and didn't look back until our booster power exceeded that of the R7 in 1961 with the launch of the Saturn I which boasted a thrust of 1.5 million pounds. The reliable R7 continues to launch cosmonauts and payloads to this day.

As a building experience, Dr. Zooch models are not rated on a "skill level" scale. You need to have some experience, sharp tools, patience and the shoe slamming fortitude of Krueschev to put them together. Best of all, you don't need to say "Da svidaniya" to a lot of rubles to get your hands on one of these.