Are you a fan of SpaceX or just a space modeler or rocketeer looking for your next build? Why not build a SpaceX Falcon 9 in time for its first launch to the IIS in April?
You have a options when it comes to the build.
First option is you can buy the official model
made by SpaceX and sold at Amazon
LINK TO MODEL AT AMAZON
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 kit
Second Option is to build a paper model
The static model is available to download and print from The Lower Hudson Valley Paper Model E-Gift Shop for free. (scroll 3/4 down the page)
You can download the static model and with a few simple conversions make it flyable like I did.
Here is my flyable model:
My Paper flyable Falcon 9
The model can be built using the standard static build and replacing the centering rings with more substantial material. I choose to build the Falcon 9 with Dragon crew capsule. I used foam board with a 13 mm hole used to run a 13 mm tube throughout the length. The rocket separates at the Dragon capsule and successfully flies on 13mm motors. I made the fins from clear plastic to keep the Falcon 9 no fin look.
Which ever option you choose the Falcon 9 makes a great addition to the fleet.
For more details on the Falcon 9 check out these references:
Falcon 9 – Wikipedia
Falcon 9 official site at SpaceX
…and for more great paper models please visit my Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide