Von Braun A-2 rocket
Modelsheet in PDF-format
2. You can build it in scale 1:96, 1:32 or the scale you want.
3. Beside the original von Braun A-2 - you cand also build the 2004 reconstructed rocket "Maria" by Dr.-Ing. Olaf Przybilski.
4. You can build it only in paper or use two wooden pearls to get right shape of the ends.
Von Braun started to work for the army in 1932. After construction different rocket engines, he started to von Braun work on a test rocket named Aggregat 1 or simply A-1. There might have been build 3 or 4 A-1. They never left the test beds. A construction with a large gyroscope placed in the top of the rocket caused fractures in the oxygen-tank leading to explosions.
Beside vonBraun one of most important members of the team was Walther Riedel, an engineer. He joined the project in January 1934. He came from HeylandtCompany, where he has been the responsible for the rocket motor development. He became one of von Brauns most important co-workers. In the end he became the Chief Designer of the A4 (V2) rocket.
From spring 1934 it was decided to redesign the rocket totally. The new type named Aggregat 2 or A-2. The gyroscope was moved down in the middle of the rocket. The A-2 was 1.6 meter long rocket propelled with alcohol and liquid oxygen
At the end of 1934, in December two A-2 rockets were ready for launch from Borkum, a small island in the Baltic Ocean north of Germany. The two rockets were nicknamed "Max" and "Moritz".
Max was launched at noon on December 19, and flew to a height of 2200 meters. Moritz was launched on December 20, just few minutes after dawn. It flew to a height of 3500 meters.
The rockets was probably un-painted like the A-3. showing the surface of aluminum and turbax (a kind of bakelite).
The launch of "Max" and "Moritz" marked an important step towards to the A-4/ V-2 rocket and in the long perspective to Saturn 5.
Building a new A-2 rocket "Maria"
The research for making a copy of the A-2 lead to a lot of new knowlegde about the A-2 rocket. Dr.-Ing. Olaf Przybilsk has been able to correct much of the data known about A-2. Until then much of what have been referred, originated from the memories of von Braun and others many years after the second world war.
At a scrapyard near Penemünde, Dr.-Ing. Olaf Przybilsk has even found parts identical to parts from A-2. There is a good chance, that they are in fact from the rockets. It is known, the A-2 rockets were salvaged after flight and they were probably kept at Penemünde.