Though at 11243' it is only 650' higher than Interstate 70 at Vail Pass, Mt. Hood is the highest point in Oregon and the fourth-highest peak in the Cascades. It is a potentially-active stratovolcano (named after the many layers, or strata, of which it is composed) whose last major eruption was just over 230 years ago. This model showcases Mt. Hood's summit, including a detailed Crater Rock and Devil's Kitchen Headwall, all the way down to steep valleys at 4350' (well below the treeline). We hope seeing this model on your desk inspires you to become one of the roughly 10,000 people who attempt the summit every year (if you are not one of them already!).
Other features of this 3d printed map are Illumination Rock and Hot Rocks at the top of Zigzag Glacier and Mississippi Head at its base, Yocum Ridge and numerous crevasses in Reid Glacier, a prominent Pulpit Rock overlooking Coe Glacier and the tip of the Barrett Spur, a deeply-crevassed Eliat Glacier next to Cooper Spur, and the top reaches of the Mount Hood Meadow Ski Area.
Model scale is 1:40700
Model covers an area approximately 3.8 by 3.8 miles
Altitudes covered: 4350' to 11243'
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/