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Switzerland is blessed with some of the finest alpine scenery in the world: deep green valleys dotted with tiny villages sit under massive cliff walls and staggering, rocky pinnacles. Few places in the Alps exemplify this more than the Bernese Oberland. Heading South from Interlaken in the canton of Bern, the valley splits in two: to the South is a straight, steep-sided valley with the towns of Lauterbrunnen at the bottom and Murren on the West ridge. The valley to the East terminates at Grindelwald, a quaint town full of well-kept chalets situated at the foot of the mighty Eiger Nordwand, one of the six great north faces in the Alps.
The Eiger (Ogre in English) is just one of the famous peaks in this model. Along the ridge to the Southwest are Monch and Jungfrau. South of that trio are the glaciers of Jungfrau-Aletsch, some of the largest in the Alps. Near the Eastern border of the model are the alpine peaks of Gross Fiescherhorn, and to the South are the Gletscherhorn, Mittaghorn, and Grosshorn. Finally, the model continues all the way up the Lauterbrunnen Valley and West up to the Gspaltenhorn. The land covered in this model boasts an impressive 3600m vertical range over a mere 21km square.
Whether you've summited, hiked, or simply visited the region, we invite you to own a model of this quintessentially Swiss landscape.
Model scale is 1:283500
Model covers an area approximately 21.3 by 21.3 km
Altitudes covered: 558m to 4158m
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/