Skill Level 4. For experienced modelers.
This model builds into a 1:144 scale replica of the N-1 3L in the markings of its first launch in February 1969. My thanks to Alex Shliadinsky for his excellent drawings which greatly assisted me in its design. With its display base, the complete rocket stands almost 30 inches tall.
To keep the file sizes manageable, I have released it in two separate kits, each with its own instruction document. Begin construction with the first stage kit.
You will need a colour printer capable of handling card or cover stock to print the parts sheets. 67 lb cover stock (approx 8.5 thousandths of an inch or 0.2 mm thick) is recommended.
Update: A second set of parts files is now available, enlarged to 1:96 scale (almost 45 inches tall). These sheets are roughly 13 inches by 18 inches, and will require a large-format printer. Thanks to Olaf Deen for making this available!
In July 1969 the first human set foot on the lunar surface, and the United States had won the moon race. Few people at the time realized how narrow was the margin of victory. Despite tremendous difficulties, the Soviet Union came remarkably close to launching a cosmonaut to the moon using a heavy booster known as the N-1. For decades this rocket remained shrouded in secrecy, and only in recent years has information about the project been revealed to the rest of the world. The N-1 story, though ultimately one of failure, provides a fascinating look at what might have been. In spite of a late start and underfunding, the Soviets came near to having a successful heavy-lift booster which might have led to the first moon landings, a permanent moon base and even manned interplanetary missions.
Look at all those engines! A bottom view of the N-1.
Lift off! An N-1 night launch.
Last updated 2 July 2013
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