Mont Blanc (Fr.) or Monte Bianco (It.) is the highest mountain in the Alps, and a popular tourist destination. Despite the intensely rugged terrain and myriad rock pinnacles, the summit is reached by tens of thousands of climbers per year. It is considered to be the birthplace of modern mountaineering, and was first summited in 1786. Far better than a regular map, our model of Mont Blanc contains a dozen sub-millimeter pinnacles and details and offers a stratospheric view of this famous peak.
This model contains most of the Mont Blanc massif and surrounding valleys. On the French side, the valley includes Servez, les Houches, and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Pertud and the edge of Entreves are in the Val Veni on the Italian side. The Northeast ridge starts at Chamonix, and includes Aiguilles de Grande Charmoz, du Plan and du Midi. Gros Rognon and Petit Rognon are both visible even on the smallest model. Toward the peak are Mont Blanc du Tacul and then Mont Maudit. The French-Italian border extends East from there across the Arete de la Brenva, past La Tour Ronde and Pointe Helbronner to Dente del Gigante. The col between Mont Blanc and M.B. de Courmayeur is apparent on every model. The South face contains many steep ridges and sharp pinnacles, notably Aiguille Noire de Peuterey. West from the peak you can find Dome du Gouter, Aiguille de Bionnassay, and south are Domes de Miage and Aiguille de Tre la Tete. The Southwest corner of the model contains the steep valley of the Torrent de Tre la Tete. Les Contamines-Montjole and other small villages populate the far West edge of the model, though Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is just outside of the Northwest corner.
Model scale is 1:180500
Model covers an area approximately 18.1 by 18.1 km
Altitudes covered: 587m to 4810m
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: Viewfinder Panoramas
Viewfinder Panoramas provides cleaned and modified versions of DEM data from ASTER GDEM, SRTM, and local sources. Data used without permission.
The Viewfinder Panoramas home page is http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/