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This list is courtesy of Blackshire. If anyone else knows of any web links containing scale data, feel free to add to this post.

[1](Alway, Peter) Jim Ball has archived Peter Alway's online "sampler" of scale drawings of sounding rockets, satellite launch vehicles, and missiles (see: ). Also, NARTS (NAR Technical Services, see: ) carries all of Peter Alway's scale model rocketry books and booklets.

[2] (Encyclopedia Astronautica) Encyclopedia Astronautica ( ) is an extensive--although not deep--scale data source. (In most cases, it's more useful for Sport Scale than for Scale.) Their huge alphabetical listing covers rockets and spacecraft I had never heard of before!

[3] (Gunter's Space Page) Gunter's Space Page, maintained by Gunter Krebs (see: ), contains scale data (mostly Sport Scale) on worldwide sounding rockets, satellite launch vehicles, missiles, and ballistic missile target vehicles.

[4] (Lowther, Scott) Scott Lowther offers scale drawings and resin kits of rockets, missiles, and aircraft (see: ), particularly obscure and proposed-but-never-built ones.

[5] (Naro-1) The ROK (Republic of [South] Korea) Naro-1 SLV (Satellite Launch Vehicle, see: , , , and [this page has additional links and excellent photos and drawings]) would make an interesting scale or sport scale subject. It has only two fins, mounted on opposite sides of the lower first stage, so a flying model would need two clear plastic fins to provide a four-fin "cruciform" fin set.

[6] (NARTS) NARTS (NAR Technical Services, see: ) carries all of Peter Alway's scale model rocketry books and booklets, as well as scale data packets.

[7] (Ninfinger Productions) The Ninfinger Productions Model Rockets web site (see: ) contains, among many other rocketry-related links, links to scale model rocket plans and scale data.

[8] (Project Icarus) As a follow-up to Project Daedalus (see: ), the 1970s-era interstellar probe engineering design study, a group of engineers and students have begun a 21st Century star probe design study called Project Icarus (see: ), which will incorporate up-to-date technologies.

Since Daedalus and Icarus are both powered by nuclear (fusion) pulse rocket engines, their designs could be depicted as "draggy" but stable Future/Fiction Scale model rockets. Also, the Centauri Dreams (see: ) and Tau Zero Foundation (see: ) web sites contain interesting material on real-world star probe and starship designs.

[9] ("Rocheworld" Spacecraft) The late Dr. Robert L. Forward was a starship-designing physicist who also wrote hard-science fiction novels that depicted spacecraft and other devices that could actually be built. Below is information on the spacecraft described (and illustrated with dimensioned diagrams) in his 1990 novel "Rocheworld," which is available from (see: ), (see: ), and (see: ).

The Surface Lander and Ascent Module (SLAM) is a two-stage (descent stage and ascent stage) cylindrical spacecraft designed to land on planets and satellites in the Barnard's Star system. Strapped to (and partially recessed into) its side is a space plane called the Surface Excursion Module (SEM--more on this vehicle below).

The SEM, which resembles the Lockheed U-2, would make an excellent hinged-wing boost-glider or rocket glider (RC or Free Flight) that would also be a Future/Fiction Scale model! (The outer 2/3 or so of each of the full-scale SEM's wings are folded.) The nuclear turbo-rocket powered craft is designed to fly in planetary atmospheres using the ambient air for propulsion, with the additional capability (using an onboard propellant tank) of flying as a pure rocket vehicle near airless worlds. Its generous wing area would make for a good-flying model version.

[10] (Skua & Petrel meteorological rockets) Below are a few links to material on the British Bristol Aerojet Skua and Petrel meteorological/sounding rockets, the Spanish INTA 255 sounding rocket, and the US Arcon sounding rocket. The Skua was roughly similar to the Arcas. The 6-finned Petrel used a larger motor (both rockets had end-burning sustainer motors). The Petrel was also used as a target to simulate short-range missiles.

COPIED FROM AN EARLIER YORF POSTING OF MINE: Hmmm...another use for Quest's new 1/2A3-2 would be to power the parallel-burn, series-staged boosters of scale models such as the British Bristol Aerojet (BAJ) Skua meteorological rocket (see: and ), the BAJ Petrel sounding rocket & supersonic target (see: ), the Spanish INTA 255 sounding rocket (see: ), and the Atlantic Research Corporation Arcon sounding rocket (see: ). An accelerometer could ignite the sustainer as soon as the booster caused it to move.

Some versions of the Skua (and the Petrel too, if memory serves) had parachute-recovered reloadable boosters that landed quite close to the launcher, so using parachute-recovered boosters on these models would give them life-like performance.

[11] The Starship Modeler web site (see: ) contains scale data and model kit information pertinent to fictional rockets and spacecraft for Future/Fiction Scale.
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