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Pershing P 1A 1973 model

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    August, 2018
Pershing P 1A 1973 model
Posted by JeepGirl on Thursday, August 02, 2018 2:36 PM

I'm in search of more information on a 1973 model of the P1a Pershing Missile with the XM790 Erector Launcher, XM757 Prime Mover, and the missile itself, assembled on a wooden base with a metal plate that reads "U.S. Army Pershing 1/32 scale Martin Marietta".  I believe it came assembled, as the inside of the brown cardboard (velveeta cheese style) box is stamped as follows (not the decorated box that the unassembled kit came in):

PPP-F-320, C LASS (DOM) GRADE (350)

DATE MANUFACTURED 3-73

Included in the box was a typed letter from Martin Marietta Aerospace, with the address

Orlando Division

Post office box 5837

Orlando, Fl 32805

It contained "Operating instructions 1/32nd scale Pershing Model Martin Marietta Aerospace Corporation".

I've had no luck researching it online.  I'm completely new to this site, or I'd upload photos.  I'd be more than willing to email them to anyone willing to help me find more information.

Lightitupblue@yahoo.com is my 

  • Member since
    April, 2013
Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 9:56 AM

The model was originally created by the Martin Marietta aerospace engineering department as a visual aid for sales presentation purposes or given as corporate gifts to customers and those who played a role in the product's development. It's really unusual that they released this to the general public.

In a time before Power Point slide shows, scaled models were sometimes employed to draw attention to key components or functions of a prototype to help drive sales. The decorated "build it yourself" boxing of the kit describes the 'museum quality' of the details and the numerous working features of the model. Odds are good that if yours came pre-assembled in an unmarked box, you're probably handling one of those presentation models.

If you're curious, this link features an in-box review of an unbuilt kit:

https://youtu.be/pAWJNKFO_So

 

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