Your table top troops need to get from orbit to the surface quickly! Now they can for a low cost in a disposable Orbit to Surface Gravity Assist Delivery Vehicle! Troops are held in place with artificial gravity harnesses as the craft only breaks acceleration when needed to guide and safely deliver the goods to the battle front. Three doors daisy petal out to allow quick deployment.
Paper model comes in colored and plain white for your own markers or paints. Builds in about 2 to 3 hours.
There is a long and grizzled history of Orbit to Surface delivery systems for troops and supplies in Science Fiction. The most common names for these vehicles in literature are, “Drop Ship,” “Drop Pod,” and “Express Elevator to Hell.” In keeping with military tradition, this model is not names for any regular nomenclature but instead given a numerical designation and abbreviated anagram. The style of the artwork mixes some technological elements that may seem anachronistic to each other. There are high tech gravity harnesses that allow the troops inside to avoid becoming chunky salsa on landing, yet there are chemical reaction control thrusters and tile based ablative heat shields. But this is in keeping with the idea that such a craft is a one-use throw away. It would need some high-tech gadgets but would lower costs with some time tested low-tech and off-the-self parts as well. For shape, it reminds one of old cartoon bombs from World War Two planes… big three fin missiles driven by gravity alone and guided only by their fixed fins. Though this vehicle clearly can steer in space, all guidance is from orbital calculations and once it is in free fall through atmosphere its guidance is limited to minor course corrections. Gravity and airflow doing most of the work after computers have done all the aiming from space.