A detailed 1:48 scale kit of the one-man Soviet LK Lunar Lander, built to beat NASA to the Moon in the heady Space Race days of the 1960s.
Soviet rocket designer Sergei Korolev conceived a twin-spacecraft lunar-lander system, similar to the Apollo concept, albeit carrying only one cosmonaut to the Moon's surface instead of the two that flew in the US Lunar Module.
The main LOK (Lunny Orbitalny Korabl) spacecraft would ferry 2-3 cosmonauts to lunar orbit. Once there, a cosmonaut would spacewalk from the LOK to the docked LK (Lunny Korabl) lunar lander.
Several LK prototypes were built, and three were tested in Earth orbit in the mid-1960s. However, the giant N-1 booster built for the Moon mission failed repeatedly, the entire N-1 program being abandoned in the early 1970s. With that decision, LOK and LK development also stopped, and so did all plans for Soviet cosmonauts on the Moon.
Looks like a terrific kit, and would make a natural partner for a combined Apollo-LK double-diorama, maybe even a what-if scenario, with crews from both the US and Soviet Union shaking hands!
Pix courtesy Fantastic Plastic, kit decals by JBOT, original box art by Denis Podgorniy.
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