R-2 Paper Model
There are two versions. A gray version based on a couple of fuzzy images found on the web. I suppose that early soviet research missiles were finished in a very light gray or whitish finish given images of early R-7 firings and some of the "geophysical" and "vertical" launches of R-2As and R-5Vs. In operational use, these missiles were finished in army colors; probably the same scheme as their transporters. I'm sure there are soviet army guru's that could get this right; I'll admit I did it by eye.
Operational missiles used a radio navigation system to help them more accurately hit their target. These guided R-2s are often shown with two small antenna aerials rear the nose. The only clear view of these aerials are on photographs of a Chinese DF-1, a locally built R-2 version where they are clearly loops.
Left:R-2 & R-2A prototype, Center:R-2 on stand, Left:R-2 next to some of Neil's V2s (Bumper + #59 repaint)
It is scaled to 1/96 scale (8 ft/inch or 1.04167%) which puts them in scale with Niel's V-2s and a lot of other stuff. The files were mapped to US letter sized, but I think they should fit on A-4 anyway (the image should be narrow enough if centered).
The Files: (on Google docs)
You need to use the File/download or save operation on Google docs to get them
- The model: Gray R2 kit or Green R2 kit (for some reason, doesn't display, but does download ok)
- R2 Sibling Stand
- The instructions
More Information:For more information about the R-2 missile itself, references and acknowledgments, read the previous post on this historic missile.
General recommendations: Use heavy paper instead of card stock. Prototypes built with paper over 40lbs are harder to work with on some parts. Best results with some special paper I got which is around 25lb (standard is 20). Try 28lb if you can find it (there is at Staples) or some of the cheaper photo-like stock which is around 35-40lb.
Coming soon, the geophysical R-2A sounding rocket. Nearly done, but getting the new nose cone and side canisters right is a bit tricky at this scale. Stay tuned.