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US Navy ZPG-3W &quot;Vigilance&quot; in flight 3d printed

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White Natural Versatile Plastic
US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight 3d printed
US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight 3d printed

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US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight 3d printed
US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight 3d printed

Not a Photo

US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight 3d printed
US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight 3d printed

Not a Photo

US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight 3d printed
US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight 3d printed

Not a Photo

US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" in flight

3D printed in white nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
Product Description
This model is of the US Navy ZPG-3W  "in flight" with the undercarriage retracted; it can be ordered in either 1/700th or 1/600th scale. A version with the undercarriage down complete with a mobile Mooring Mast, is available here.

The ZPG-3W was the final version of the US Navy's N-Class fleet.  They were, and remain, the biggest non-rigid airships ever built with an envelope capacity of 1,516,00 cu ft and overall length of close to 400ft.  Four were built and they carried a massive 42ft rotating radar dish suspended within the envelope. The dome on top housed the height finding radar. 
The popular name for the ZPG-3W was 
Vigilance and they were an intrinsic part of the North American early-warning network during the Cold War period. Many details of their equipment and operation remain as classified information.

The N-Class, affectionately called "Nan Ships" by their crews, were large, non-rigid type airships built by the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation of Akron, Ohio for the US Navy. The Class developed through various configurations including anti-submarine warfare and airborne early warning (AEW) versions. The first of the type (Nan-ship, ZP1N) was delivered in 1952, with an envelope capacity of 875 000 cu ft.

Experience with ZP1N resulted in the larger (1 011 000 cu ft) and more capable ZP2N - later redesignated "ZPG-2" - and the introduction of the distinctive large radar housing on the belly of the control car. The 2N carried the most up-to-date submarine hunting equipment then available and was a match for any conventional submarine in the world. Deliveries started in 1954. 

1955 saw the delivery of the first of the ZPG-2W,  AEW version of the N-Class with a height-finding radar mounted on the top of the envelope. Production of the ZPG-2 series ended in 1957 with a total of 17 built including 12 ZPG-2Ns and 5 ZPG-2Ws. 

The Airborne Early Warning   ZPG-3W first flew in 1958. All of the N-Class  had been retired by the end of 1962.

1/700 or 1/600 SCALE:

ou have the choice of scale for this model - please check your choice in the top right corner of this page.

ZPG-3W Length = 386 feet, or 118 meters

1/700 scale model length = 168.1 mm
1/600 scale model length = 196.1 mm

( My original design for the ZPG-3W was for printing in Frosted Detail plastics. However, the Spring 2017 price changes from Shapeways increased the price of that model in that material enormously. Rather than remove it altogether I put it  HERE, in the LEGACY section of my shop.)

For the ZPG-2 and ZPG-2W versions of the Nan-Ship, please click HERE.

For the ZPG-3W in 1/1250 and 1/1200 scale , please clicvk HERE.
What's in the box:
ZPG-3 uc up S&F 1 700 nf
3.7 x 17.16 x 4.9 cm
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1.46 x 6.76 x 1.93 inches
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