The LOC-Precision's 3.9" V2 model rocket is a sport/scale version of the German V2 ballistic missile of the WWII era. It uses a single F- to I-class motor for flights to over 2200 feet! The 3.9 V2 is a great performer on a variety of motor packages through Level 1. This is a model that belongs in your collection, as its real-life counterpart was the pioneer of space travel. See historical note below.
Over 33" tall, this HPR-capable kit builds rock-solid, thanks to LOC-Precision's top-quality components. It features a massive plastic nosecone and a slotted plastic tailcone for TTW fin mount. The kit comes complete with heavy duty airframe and 38mm motor mount tubes, high-grade precision-cut plywood fins, centering rings, rip-stop nylon parachute, polypropylene nose cone / tailcone and instructions.
A 1/4" launch rod is required and positive engine retention is recommended (sold separately).
Tip: For Level 2 motors and large Level 1 motors, change the launch lugs to rail buttons and use a launch rail to eliminate "rod whip" due to the model's large diameter/length ratio.
Skill Level: 4
Length: 33.8 in.
Diameter: 3.9 in.
Weight: 41.5 oz.
Recovery: 36" parachute
F42-4T*, F50-6W*, G40-7W*, G64-7W*, G80-7T*, H128W-M*, H123W-M, I161W-M
*29mm motors require LOC's MMA-2 adapter
Through 1942, development of the German V2 weapon was conducted under the supervision of Wernher von Braun. The first models of the V2 were ready for firing by the spring of 1942.
The first test launch of a V2 occurred on June 13, 1942. The rocket pitched out of control and crashed as a result of a propellant feed system failure. The second V-2 test launch was conducted on August 16, 1942. This V2 flight was also considered a failure, but the vehicle became the first guided missile to exceed the speed of sound. On just its third test launch on October 3, 1942 the V2 scored a complete success. The rocket achieved a maximum altitude of 50 miles and maximum range of 120 miles, meeting the initial performance criteria for the weapon.
Following this achievement, Adolph Hitler established a military production committee to manage further development of the V2. As the potential of the V2 as a potent weapon became increasingly well documented, the German SS, in particular SS General Hans Kammler, sought to take over its development.
In February, 1944 von Braun was called to Gestapo headquarters in East Prussia where he was invited by Heinrich Himmler to abandon the V2 program in favor of developing weapons for the Gestapo. The invitation was declined, and three days later von Braun was arrested and taken to a prison in Stettin. Two weeks later, von Braun was accused of not being interested in war rockets, but rather having space exploration as his sole motivation for developing the V2 missile. It was also alleged that von Braun sympathized with the British and that he was planning to escape to England and share his rocketry knowledge with the enemy.
These were serious charges, but the matter was dropped after Walter Dornberger appealed directly to Adolph Hitler, claiming the charges were false and that von Braun was not expendable for the development of the V2. Hitler agreed, and von Braun was released from prison.
Hundreds of V2 missiles were manufactured and test launched through 1944. A number of these test launches resulted in spectacular failures, one of which was particularly advantageous for the Germans. In June, 1944 a V2 outfitted with a radio guidance system strayed off course and crashed near Kalmar, Sweden. The wreckage was recovered and examined by British forces.
Identifying the missile as radio-guided, the British incorrectly concluded that the new German weapon would be radio-guided and subject to radio jamming as a defensive method. This left allied forces totally unprepared for the onslaught of V2 missiles which followed using an on-board gyroscopic guidance system against which there was no defense.
(Source: www. Spaceline.org)
V2 Technical Specifications:
Length: 14 meters
Diameter: 1.65 meters
Weight: 12500 kg (fueled)
First launch: June 13, 1942
Flight range: 320 km
Warhead weight: 980 kg
Propulsion: alcohol/liquid oxigen engine
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