Skill Level 3. Previous experience recommended.
This model builds into a detailed 1:700 scale replica of the transoceanic airship in the markings used on a 1919 Vickers display model. The completed model is slightly under 14 inches in length.
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.
In 1919 the British firm of Vickers proposed a huge dirigible to carry mail and 100 passengers over long distances. Among the many unique features was the location of the passenger quarters on top of the airship, open-air observation decks at the stern and top, and a lift to transport passengers and crew between the upper and lower parts of the ship. The transoceanic airship was never built, being perhaps too ambitious for its time, but elements of its design appeared in later British airships and it foreshadowed the era of international air travel.
Last updated 21 July 2013
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