Located in Denali National Park and Preserve, Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) stands 20,320 feet (NAVD88) 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 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 Denali plus many surrounding ridges, glaciers, and peaks. Mt. Foraker, 14 miles southwest, is 2800' lower but similarly towers over the surrounding ridges and peaks. Only with a true-to-scale 3D model like this can you appreciate the timeless shape of this incredible mountain.
Model scale is 1:59400
Model measures 30 x 30 x 9.1 cm (11.8" x 11.8" x 3.6")
Original area is approximately 17.8 by 17.8 km
Altitudes covered: 1565m to 6194m
There is no vertical exaggeration applied to this model. This is a true-to-life scale model of a real place.
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TinyMtn models are most affordable in the "White Natural Versatile Plastic" and "Sandstone" materials. This model is in "White Natural Versatile Plastic." 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 "Versatile Plastic" 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 "Fine Detail Plastic" 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.
All TinyMtn models have hollow bottoms - this is to save on weight, and thus cost. Many larger models also have extra flanges on their undersides to increase rigidity and strength. To make the model more solid, you should feel free to carefully pour resin into the bottom cavity, or glue a properly-sized slab of wood or another material into it.
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Model created using GDAL, NetPBM, Gmsh, Carve, MeshLab, and other custom software