Dragon is famed for its collection of model space rockets, and a new 1/400 scale kit offers something truly scintillating for space fans to get their teeth stuck into. It’s a model of one of the famous Space Shuttles being carried on a massive crawler-transporter. Two such crawler-transporters were built by the Marion Power Shovel Company to transport US spacecraft from the Vehicle Assembly Building of NASA to Launch Complex 39 where they could blast off into space.
Present in the box is the enormous crawler-transporter, and an erected Space Shuttle with external fuel tank and two solid rocket boosters. In fact, the fuselage of the Space Shuttle and the solid rocket boosters are made from metal, which gives the assembled model a much more satisfying degree of weight. All parts of this model combination are crisply detailed and accurately formed. Indeed, the four crawler subassemblies with their tracks and running gear are finely rendered. Once assembled, this model will be truly stunning when exhibited on a desktop or a suitable display cabinet. The Space Shuttle and the crawler-transporter may be out of service, but they surely leave a lasting impression on the memory, even more so now that Dragon offers such a tremendous 1/400 scale kit of these assemblies.