This model of the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram region contains not only the second-tallest mountain in the world (K2, at 8611m), but four more from the top 20: Broad Peak (8051m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), II (8034m), and the monolithic Gasherbrum IV (7925m) which towers over the head of the Baltoro. All of this stark and extreme beauty exists in a mere 900 square km of remote northern Pakistan on the border with China. It is truly an alpinists paradise. We hope you enjoy this, the TinyMtn model with the largest land area, and become inspired to see the Baltoro in person.
Model scale is 1:302100
Model covers an area approximately 30.2 by 30.2 km
Altitudes covered: 4158m to 8611m
There is never any vertical exaggeration in TinyMtn models.
TinyMtn models are most affordable in the "White Strong and Flexible" and "Sandstone" materials. This model is in "White Strong and Flexible." When you receive the model, there may still be Nylon dust on it from the printing process. Use either an airbrush, canned dust blower, or a soft old toothbrush to remove this dust. Do not get the "White Strong and Flexible" material wet, and don't prime it or use any oil-based paints on it. You can safely seal it with Polycrylic or a similar water-based clear spray sealant. Read more about this popular material here.
The "Frosted Detail" material will show more detail, but is semi-transparent and has an uneven surface texture when unpainted (due to the orientation of the model when Shapeways prints it). It may show up feeling a little greasy and with small crystals in crevasses. Clean those off by soaking the model in warm (but not hot) soapy water and brushing with an old toothbrush. To get the surface to an even matte finish, spray with a few light coats of sandable primer (white automotive primer works), and then do a baking soda grit-blast.
These models have been optimized for the above materials, and are not offered in other materials for strength or cost reasons. If you need one in another material, please contact us and we'll try to accommodate your request.
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Model created using GDAL, NetPBM, Gmsh, Carve, MeshLab, and other custom software
Source of digital elevation data: Viewfinder Panoramas
Viewfinder Panoramas provides cleaned and modified versions of DEM data from ASTER GDEM, SRTM, and local sources. Data used without permission.
The Viewfinder Panoramas home page is http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/