North American X-15A-2, "Roll Out" (1:144) By DragonWings 1:144 scale Diecast Warbirds
Item Number: DRW51036
About North American X-15A-2, "Roll Out" (1:144)
North American X-15A-2, 'Roll Out' (1:144) by Dragon Wings
The experimental X-15 built by North American Aviation was an astonishing craft. It was both an aircraft and a spaceplane, setting speed and altitude records at the edge of outer space in the 1960s. Such was its performance that some pilots could also hold claim to being astronauts. Even today, the hypersonic X-15 holds the record for the fastest ever manned rocket-powered aircraft at a top speed of Mach 6.32 (a staggering 7,274km/h). It was powered by either two XLR11 or one XLR99 jet engines made by Reaction Motors Inc. To begin its flights, a NASA B-52 would carry the experimental craft aloft before releasing it at an altitude of approximately 14km. Three X-15 aircraft were manufactured and test-flown 199 times, thus creating invaluable data that would help future aircraft and space programs.
Dragon has previously produced an X-15 model (Item No.51022), but this new 1/144 scale item represents the second X-15 prototype. This was the first craft to be flown with the single XLR99-RM-2 liquid-fuel rocket engine that produced 250kN of thrust, its maiden flight occurring on 15 November 1960. The model captures perfectly the cylindrical form of the X-15 with its thick dorsal and ventral stabilizers. It also carries the correct US Air Force (USAF) markings for the craft boasting the serial number '56-6671'. Another unique aspect to this new scale model is the retractable landing gear consisting of a nose wheel and two rear skis. This enables owners to depict their X-15 in landing or on-the-ground mode.
About DragonWings 1:144 scale Diecast Warbirds
Established in 1987, Dragon Models Limited first produced plastic model kits before moving into the airliner model field with their Dragon Wings 1:400 scale line of commercial and national airliners. By Maintaining strict quality standards, and with features such as working parts, accurate markings, true to scale models and excellent manufacturing, the Dragon line of products became leaders in the world of aviation and military models. Collectors will find a wide selection of diecast aircrafts, space crafts, tanks in their Dragon Armor line, 1:6 scale action figures from their New Generation Life Action Figure series, 1:72 scale fighter aircrafts from their Warbirds series and more. Dragon Model Limited released over a 1,000 different model kits and pre-constructed models, and they may also be found under the brand labels of "Revell/Monogram" in the USA, "Revell" and "Italeri" in Europe, and "Hasegawa" and "GSI" in Japan. Production of the Dragon Wings airliners, warebirds, and Dragon Armor tanks ceased in 2008. Remaining stock of these popular models is limited and at www.CollectableJets.com we have the largest selection of closeout Dragon Wings models at low, low closeout prices.
About this scale
1:144 Scale models, while not as common as 1:72, are still a good scale for collectors. This scale is often used for larger military and space models that would be too large or expensive in 1:72 scale.
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