1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame

1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
Digital Preview

Not a Photo

1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
Digital Preview

Not a Photo

1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
Digital Preview

Not a Photo

1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
Digital Preview

Not a Photo

1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games Photo courtesy Vincent S.
1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games Photo courtesy Vincent S.
Digital Preview

Not a Photo

1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
1/288 Zeppelin Type P Frame 3d printed Miniatures Games
Digital Preview

Not a Photo

3d Model Viewer

About this Product

This product was around US$55 when designed, but after the Oct'14 pricing changes, it comes out at over $250. It is no longer for sale.


This is the frame of a 1/288-scale four-engine Type P Zeppelin, suitable for skinning with any of a number of products available for balsa model airplanes. The rings are reinforced to hold their shape and the model is strong and lightweight. Gondolas, outboard propeller pods, and the machinegun platform are included. Matching propeller disks and machine gun crew are available as a separate product in Frosted Ultra Detail.


Shapeways asked me to break the full Zeppelin into two separate parts for increased printability. The parts join together with some locking rings in the center. To assemble, you simply insert the locking fingers through matching slots and twist so that the gondolas are aligned at the bottom. You can disassemble the zeppelin for storage or glue them together permanently, at your option. (Note, I have not stress-tested the model to ensure it could stand 1,000 duty-cycles.) A truss-arch runs through the center to keep the model rigid. Two reinforced mounting cylinders are placed along the keel, with conical holes for use with telescoping rods or similar mounts. (You may have to clean out the holes...sometimes they retain the modeling powder.) Above those cylinders, two rings are reinforced for mounting by hanging from above.


All external proportions and ring placements are exactly correct for a Type-P Zeppelin of this era (within the limits of 3D printing), including the narrower segment along the keel and the 19-segment to 17-segment transition near the tail. Thorsten Brand's diagrams were an excellent reference in putting this together.


The fit between the pieces is fairly tight. If you find it too tight, first rub the two pieces together in a twisting motion to remove any grit between them. It may help to clean the "joining fingers" with a toothbrush. As a last resort, you can use a nail file on the underside of the joining fingers, though I did not find this necessary. When fully in place, the gondolas should line up exactly.


See also:

1/288 Zeppelin Accessories
1/144 Zeppelin Parts

Dimensions

IN: 6.62 w x 11.931 d x 3.22 h
CM: 16.814 w x 30.304 d x 8.18 h
Sign In or Join to comment.
 
Le sigh. Yeah. Nobody understands the machine space algorithm yet, it seems. Good luck.
October 15, 2014, 10:32 am
@Kremmen I did a test model of a section of the center of a 1:144 Zeppelin (more or less just an empty cylinder), and it came in very expensive even though it clearly had a much bigger than 40mm void. Clearly there's something interesting going on when machine space is calculated. So for now these designs will just be "shelved" until Shapeways gives us a machine space visualizer (which they are working on).
October 15, 2014, 5:19 am
@reducedAircraftFactory Ouch. :( One thought, though it's a bit ugly. If you were to break the main part of the frame into three or four drumlike sections and make the internal framing a separate part, you might benefit from the '40mm void' rule (this reduces the 'machine space' element of the pricing calc, because it's the minimum void diameter into which Shapeways can nest other people's parts in the build tray). It still leaves the problem of the nose and stern, of course, but could bring it back down into realistic territory. Otherwise...coughPinshapecough...
October 14, 2014, 11:55 am
I could probably fully skin it now without the price increasing that much since voids inside a model cost almost at much as material. But it would still be way too expensive for most budgets.
October 8, 2014, 4:15 am
Yeah, I figured. My own low-density large parts are going up by 200-300%. Been eyeing this off for ages, but I've had to drop so much on my own parts in a hurry that I can't justify anything further right now. Damn shame, all this. :(
October 7, 2014, 3:34 pm
Let's just say that if you're thinking of getting one, now -- before the price changes -- is an excellent time!
October 3, 2014, 4:20 am
Fantastic piece. Is the price going through the floor next week, or through the roof? :(
October 2, 2014, 12:18 pm
Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing one that's fully "skinned".
July 19, 2014, 4:05 pm
I have one of these, and it is quite superb. I will be ordering another to cover with fabric.
July 18, 2014, 5:22 pm
Very cool blimp!
June 2, 2014, 6:59 pm
 
Not For Sale
Logo

Hello.

We're sorry to inform you that we no longer support this browser and can't confirm that everything will work as expected. For the best Shapeways experience, please use one of the following browsers:

Click anywhere outside this window to continue.