Convair-Ehricke Nuclear Exploratory



Back to old-school speculative spacecraft!

Based on the work of visionary rocket engineer Krafft Ericke, the Convair NEV features classic mid-century speculative spacecraft design. Measuring 19.75 inches long fully assembled, this precision-tooled styrene kit features a propulsion core surrounded by 5 fuel tanks and a forward crew compartment featuring a clear observation dome. This skill-level 3 kit includes a clear display base. The kit also includes decals and complete instructions. Kit requires paint and cement — sold separately.

The Nuclear Exploratory Vehicle was designed by Krafft Ehricke (1917-1984) in the mid-1950s. A visionary engineer and protégé of Walter Thiel at Peenemunde (1942 V-2 team), he had early concepts for nuclear and Lox/LH2 engines and advanced spacecraft designs. The NEV spacecraft was proposed to be assembled in space at a low orbit and would be powered by a NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) mod-2 engine. Ehricke imagined the spaceship to have a habitat for up to four astronauts in the front of the spacecraft separated by a long neck to reduce exposure to radiation by the nuclear engine.

Ehricke proposed the spacecraft would take humans to Mars and beyond!*

*More information on this and other amazing spacecraft designs from the dawn of space exploration can be seen in the Adam K. Johnson book: 2001: The Lost Science, The Scientists, Influences and Designs, Apogee Books, 2016.

  • 1/144 scale
  • 19.75 inches long
  • 26 parts
  • Skill level 3, recommended for ages 15 and up
  • Marking decals
  • Instruction sheet
  • Requires cement and paint for assembly — sold separately

Weight 0.6028 lbs
Dimensions 13.0 × 5.3 × 1.8 in