White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
While not one of the "high" peaks of the Adirondacks, Whiteface Mountain is the easiest to summit (you can drive most of the way and take an elevator the rest), and contains the range's most obvious evidence of alpine glaciers---a cirque and several arretes. Being mere miles from Lake Placid, the ski resort on the Eastern slope hosted part of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and now provides the greatest continuous vertical drop in eastern North America. Four separate trailheads lead to the summit, and in the summer the trails can get busy. From the top, you can see Lake Champlain to the East, many of the Adirondack's high peak to the South, and on a very clear day, Mt. Royal to the North.
This map includes all of Whiteface and Little Whiteface, Esther Mountain, Lookout Mountain, all of the ski area to the East, up the Ausable River through Wilmington Notch to Witch Pond and Copperas Pond, a detailed Sunrise Notch and Moss Cliff to the South, Barrel Bay on West Lake Placid on the Southwest, half of Eagle Eyrie, Baldwin Hill, and up to Robertson Hill on the Northwest slope.
"One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened."
-Zen Master Futomaki
Model scale is 1:39700
Model covers an area approximately 4.9 by 4.9 miles
Altitudes covered: 1080' to 4865'
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/