Drive north on I-5 from California to Oregon and you can't avoid seeing the 14,000-foot Mt. Shasta, as it stands nearly two miles above the highway but only eight miles away. This stratovolcano is the fifth highest peak in California and the second highest in the Cascades. Unlike other Cacade volcanoes, Shasta contains a very prominent sister cone, called Shastina, that shows up in detail in this model. The sides of the mountain are covered in glaciers and lahars (pyroclastic mudflow), but the last significant eruption was probably 200 years ago, and the USGS considers Shasta dormant.
This model contains the summit, Hotlum Cone, and Misery Hill, all of Shastina, most of Whitney Glacier (the longest glacier in California), Thumb Rock, all of Hidden Valley, Avalance Gulch, most of Sargents Ridge and Casaval Ridge (two popular climbing routes), Shastarama Point, and all the way south to Green Butte. The larger models show incredible detail, including crevasses in the glaciers, a ridged Red Banks, and more.
Model scale is 1:49500
Model covers an area approximately 4.6 by 4.6 miles
Altitudes covered: 6738' to 14168'
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: U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS home page is http://www.usgs.gov/