Project presentation model, NPO Energia, c.1987. Large 1:8 scale, 21 inches long and approx 7 inches in diameter, mounted onto 18 x 10 x 1 inch black stand with plaque reading "VOSTOK 3KA-3 (VOSTOK 1) SPACECRAFT NPO ENERGIA."
A very highly detailed model made for exhibition purposes by NPO Energia, the Russian company that manufactured the actual Vostok. The Vostok 1 was launched on April 12, 1961 from Baikonur Cosmodrome with cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, making him the first human in space. The Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States, the two Cold War superpowers, began just before the Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957. The Soviet Union secretly pursued the Vostok program in competition with the United States Project Mercury, and was one of the the Soviet space program's greatest triumphs, putting a man into space before the Americans.