Skill Level 3. Previous experience recommended.
This model builds into an accurate 1:700 scale replica of the Cardington Number One shed during the R101 era. The completed model is over 15 inches long.
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.
For almost a century two huge structures have dominated the skyline near Bedford, England: the Cardington airship sheds. Originally built to manufacture military dirigibles at the end of the First World War, these sheds were enlarged to hold the gigantic passenger airships envisaged by the British government in the 1920s. The first two airships, R.100 and R.101, were housed in the sheds and it seemed Cardington would be the hub of a world-spanning airship fleet. The tragic loss of R1.01 in 1930 ended these dreams, and in subsequent years the sheds have been used to house barrage balloons, multi-story buildings for fire safety testing, and as movie sound stages. Currently the sheds have returned to their original purpose, Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. using them for development of modern airships.
Sheds No.1 and No.2 in 1930, housing airships R.101 (left) and R.100.
Last updated 2 July 2013
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