On May 6, 2015, the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle completed a 99 second Pad Abort Test to demonstrate its abiliy to move a crew of up to seven astronauts to safety in the event of trouble on the launch pad or just after liftoff.
This test marks the next milestone achieved on the path to Dragon’s first test flight in late 2016 before crewed missions can begin in 2017.
The photos that showed the vehicle inspired me to make it in a 1:48 scale. The model has two components, the Dragon capsule and a Trunk with fins.
The most challenging part of the model was the making of the Super Draco pods. These 4 pods are installed in the sidewalls of the Dragon spacecraft to generate enough axial thrust during a launch abort, each pod has 2 Super Draco engines. The Super Draco engines will be used during launch aborts and propulsive landings.
Here are the photos of the complete model as compared with the real vehicle.
This is a top view showing how the Super Draco pods are configured.
A close up of the capsule.
Here is a close up of the Super Draco engines on one side.
The model is now available at my website. Click here.