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Space Shuttle Columbia Model, STS-1 - Hobby Master HL1406

Space Shuttle Columbia Model, STS-1 - Hobby Master HL1406 - click to enlarge
Space Shuttle Columbia Model, STS-1 - Hobby Master HL1406 - click to enlarge

Item No. HM-HL1406
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Hobby Master 1:200 Space Series Diecast Model

Rockwell Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) – STS-1, April 12, 1981, "first mission"

1:200 Scale.  Length: 7.25".  Wingspan: 4.75"

Limited production of approximately 500 models worldwide

Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) was NASA's first operational Space Shuttle. First launched on April 12, 1981, on mission STS-1, Columbia completed 27 missions before it was destroyed during re-entry on its 28th (STS-107) on February 1, 2003 after a 16-day scientific mission. All seven crew members were killed.

Columbia arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on March 25, 1979. As the second orbiter to be constructed, yet the first to be able to fly into space, Columbia was roughly 8,000 lb. (3,600 kg) heavier than subsequent orbiters, such as Endeavour, which were of a slightly different design and benefited from advances in materials technology. Columbia was the only space shuttle that was operational during both the Shuttle-Mir and International Space Station programs, but never visited Mir or the ISS as it had an internal airlock and was not suited for those missions.

Columbia was named after the Boston-based ship captained by Robert Gray. In 1790, Gray led Columbia on the first American circumnavigation of the globe. In May 1792, Gray and his crew sailed into the estuary of the Columbia River (named by Grey after the ship), becoming the first recorded American to navigate into it.

The Space Shuttle program started with the awarding of a contract to Rockwell International's Space Transportation Systems Division. There were 6 shuttles built, Enterprise OV-101 (Orbital Vehicle) for testing, Columbia OV-102, Challenger OV-099, Discovery OV-103, Atlantis OV-104 and Endeavour OV-105. The first of 135 Space Shuttle missions took place April 12, 1981 and lasted 2 days 6 hours when STS-1 (Space Transportation System) was launched using Space Shuttle Columbia. Of the 135 mission launches there were 2 tragedies when Columbia and Challenger plus their crews were lost.

Hobby Master is a manufacturer of high quality, pre-built, diecast models. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft or vehicle. They are made with precision-tooled die-cast metal and some plastic components.

This model of the Space Shuttle Columbia features:

  • Opening payload bay doors
  • Historically accurate printed markings (no decals)
  • Display stand
  • Box with opening front cover panel

  • Category: Hobby Master 1:200 Scale Spacecraft

    Not suitable for children under the age of 14 years

    Specifications for Space Shuttle Orbiter “Columbia”

    Weight (with three shuttle main engines) - 151,315 lb (69 t)


    Orbiter Length – 122.17 ft (37.2 m)

    Height – 56.58 ft (17.25 m)

    Wingspan – 78.06 ft (23.79 m)

    Wings Only – 60 ft (18.3 m)

    Vertical stabilizer – 26.31 ft (8.01 m)

    Payload Bay Doors:

    Length – 60 ft (18.3 m)

    Width – 17 ft (5.2 m)

    Height – 13 ft (4.0 m)

    Weight (varies depending on payload and other factors)

    Lift Off – 4,500,000 lb (2,041,166 kg)

    Speed – 17,321 mph (27,875 km/h)

    Orbit Altitude Depending On Mission – Between 115 miles to 400 miles (185 km to 643.7 km)

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