|Airship mooring mast|
In the 1920s the British government developed the Imperial Airship Scheme, a plan to have a fleet of huge dirigibles providing mail and passenger service to the far-flung empire. To support this plan, mooring masts were constructed at Cardington in England, St.Hubert in Canada, Ismailia in Egypt, and Karachi in India. These masts were gigantic 200-foot structures, with lifts and other machinery necessary to bring fuel, crew, passengers and cargo to the airship moored at the top of the tower.
In 1930 the destruction of the airship R101 with great loss of life caused the cancellation of the Airship Scheme. The mooring masts, built at great expense, were now just impressive relics, and over the years were demolished.
R-100 at the St.Hubert mast.
This model builds into an accurate and detailed 1/700 scale replica of the St.Hubert mooring mast at the time of R100's Canadian visit.
Note to webmasters! If you want to offer this kit on your site, please read this first.
To print your own model
You will need a colour printer capable of handling card or cover stock to print the parts sheets. 67 lb cover stock (approx 8.5 thousandths of an inch or 0.2 mm thick) is recommended. The parts and instructions are in Adobe PDF format, and have been compressed into ZIP files for faster transfer. They should work on any Windows, Macintosh, OS/2 or Unix/Linux computer. You will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader and an un-ZIP program.
If files are unavailable or slow to download, try at a different time of day, when the file servers may be less busy.
Primary site: Follow this link to download the instruction and parts files.
Secondary site: Not currently available.
To purchase a pre-printed model
The model may be purchased as a pre-printed kit from Paper Models International for those who want high quality laser-printed parts sheets without the bother of downloading and printing. The model is bundled with any of the British airship models.
Go to the pre-printed models page for more details.
Flight simulator mast
Flight simulator enthusiast Alan Hart has created a mooring mast scenery file for use with Microsoft FS 2002. He has kindly made this file available for free download. For installation info, view the readme file. The entire scenery file can be obtained from the model download pages here or here.
Thanks, Alan, for this great-looking design!
The R100 in Canada - From the Canada Aviation Museum, this document describes the the R100 visit, including many photos of the mooring mast. This is is a PDF file (size approx. 1.3 Mb), not a web page.
Airship Heritage Trust: The Cardington Airship Station - The home station of the British airship fleet, including information on the mooring mast and airship sheds.
Last updated on 8 February 2010
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