Vandenberg Air Force Base Model Rockets

Newton designed, fabricated, assembled, and delivered three accurate 1/35 scale replicas of rockets that have been launched for Vandenberg AFB. These models include SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy and Atlas V 551. Vandenberg AFB’s vision is “The World’s Most Innovative Space Launch and Landing Team.”

The rockets are made from a combination of Acrylic and PVC tubing, wood, and 3D printed components with vinyl decaling. Each model is designed to remain on its base for transport. This is accomplished via an internal structure in which the external features are securely fastened to the internal components with hardware. This makes each model more robust than models relying on only glue joints and weighs the model appropriately so it is sturdy on it’s base.