Denali and Mt. McKinley National Park, Alaska, USA
Located in Denali National Park and Preserve, Denali/Mt. McKinley stands 20,320 feet above sea level, and a world's-highest 17k-19k feet above its base (Mt. Everest measures "only" 12k to 15k feet above its base because the Himalayan Plateau is already two miles high). Everything about this mountain is big. The North face (pictured) rises an astounding 14,000 feet in just three miles, and the South wall nearly 9000' in a little over a mile. On clear days, it is visible over 100 miles away. This model features the entirety of Mt. McKinley plus many surrounding ridges, glaciers, and peaks. Mt. Foraker, 2800' lower, is 14 miles southwest, and will appear in future models. Only with a true-to-scale 3D model like this can you appreciate the timeless shape of this incredible mountain.
Model scale is 1:172400
Model covers an area approximately 16.1 by 16.1 miles
Altitudes covered: 3387' to 20320'
There is never any vertical exaggeration in TinyMtn models.
TinyMtn models look best in the default "White Strong and Flexible" material, which is also the least expensive material. 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: U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS home page is http://www.usgs.gov/