Dragon DRW56392 NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis with Crawler Transporter (1:400 Scale)
"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
- President John F. Kennedy, speaking at Rice University, Houston, Texas, September 12th, 1962
Dragon Wings space models have been getting more and more ambitiousand more and more exciting for modelers. This is demonstrated again by the newest 1/400 scale item the Space Shuttle Atlantis mounted on a massive Crawler-Transporter. The idea behind this enormous vehicle was to transfer space rockets and Space Shuttles from NASAs Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch complex at the Kennedy Space Center, a distance of some 5.6km. Two such vehicles were produced, and they were the worlds largest tracked vehicles when built. The Crawler-Transporter measures 40m long, 35m wide and 7.9m high. Its weight comes in at a staggering 2,721 tonnes! Built by Marion Power Shovel, the Crawler-Transporter ran on eight sets of tracks, two on each corner.
This model complements the earlier Discovery and Crawler-Transporter combination (Item No.56391). To the disappointment of many avid fans, it sold out. Therefore, Dragon has launched this version featuring the Atlantis, the fourth Space Shuttle to go operational. The 80-ton Atlantis was also the last Shuttle to fly, making this item even more desirable. Built to 1/400 scale, the entire assembly of the Shuttle Atlantis plus the MLP and Crawler-Transporter are produced in minute detail. Fine features such as the track links on the four tractors are all perfectly replicated. Even areas that are hidden (e.g. the inside surface of the MLP) are all fully furnished and painted. This astonishing Space Collection model from Dragon Wings is the perfect way to commemorate the accomplishments of Atlantis!
Height: 6 inches
Width: 4 inches
Release Date: August 2013
Historical Account: "Crawling Along" - The crawler-transporters are a pair of tracked vehicles used to transport spacecraft from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) along the Crawlerway to Launch Complex 39. They were originally used to transport the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets during the Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs. They were then used to transport Space Shuttles from 1981 to 2011. The crawler-transporters carry vehicles on the Mobile Launcher Platform, and after each launch return to the pad to take the platform back to the VAB.
The two crawler-transporters were designed and built by Marion Power Shovel (now Bucyrus International) using components designed and built by Rockwell International at a cost of US $14 million each. They are the largest self powered land vehicles in the world. When they were built, they were the largest tracked vehicles in the world, a title later taken by the German Bagger 288 excavator.