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Dragon Wings - Warbird
Dragon Warbirds 1/72 & 1/144 Diecast series (by Dragon Models)This series includes high quality diecast models of modern and historical military aircraft. All items are true to scale, they include detailed markings, have removable weapons, detailed cockpits, moving wing flaps and even opening canopies.
1/72 Mercury "Liberty Bell 7" Spacecraft (Space)
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ITEM NO: DRW 50393
EAN-13 BARCODE: 0089195503930
SCALE: 1:72
ANNOUNCED ON: 2/15/2012
ARRIVED ON: 4/9/2012
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Case pack: 36 pieces per master carton
Box Size: 6.1" x 3.3" x 2.4"

NASA's Mercury program was a series of manned spaceflights in the important buildup to putting man on the Moon. Spacecraft "Liberty Bell 7" flew 480km at a maximum altitude of 190km and maximum speed of 1,969m/s. The naming is because of the shape of the craft, as well as an association with the original Liberty Bell. Indeed, a "crack" was painted onto the side of the craft to add to the illusion. Of interest, the 1,286kg Liberty Bell 7 was the first Mercury craft with a centerline trapezoid-shaped window instead of two portholes.

Another innovation with this spacecraft was an explosive hatch release that allowed a rapid emergency escape. After performing its flight, Liberty Bell 7 splashed down in the ocean, although the craft subsequently sank to the bottom before it could be retrieved by helicopter. As a fitting final note, the Mercury spacecraft was salvaged 38 years later in 1999.