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To build a superb 1:350 scale model of either Zeppelin X-Type L71 as rebuilt orL72, over 25 inches long (649mm,) purchase the hull here in Versatile Plastic AND the L71 and L72 Gondola set (clickable link) in Fine Detail Plastic.
The top quality Decal Sheet fpr L71 illustrated above is available in my eBay store HERE.
L71 was the German Navy designation for Zeppelin number LZ113 and was the second of three "X" Types built: L70, L71 and L72 (LZ112, LZ113 and LZ114.) All three were designed for North Sea patrols and raids on England.
Apart from a different position for the rear midships engine gondolas, L71 when first flown on July 29, 1918 was identical to L70 (first flight July 1, 1918). On October 3 ace airship commander Martin Dietrich flew her back to Friedrichshafen for the insertion of an extra 15 meter long gas bag. She also had her original two-engine rear gondola replaced by a new single engine one and these modifications increased her dynamic ceiling from 23,000 feet to 26,200 feet. But the end of the war was very near and all operations ceased on November 11. There followed a long and painful period (particularly for all concerned with Zeppelins) during which the Allies decided on their reckoning with Germany. At one point Dietrich even considered flying L71 non-stop to the US and back to show off the technical excellence that the crews fealt should not be squandered. But in the end it was decided that the German airship infrastructure should be torn apart and the remaing ships taken as war reparations. So finally, in the summer of 1920 L71 (along with L64) was delivered to Britain. Her delivery to Pulham was done with a great deal of panache, the control car bumper setting down precisely on the spot designated by the English ground crew. But L71 was never to fly again and the English did nothing but hang her and L64 in the Pulham shed. They donated two of her Maybachs to R36 (why not all of them?) and later demolished her (and L64) to make room for R36 after that ship sustained bow damage during a botched attempt at mooring to the Pulham mast.
German Navy airship L72 (Zeppelin number LZ114) was completed at the beginning of October 1918 and was identical to L71 as rebuilt. She had received her black warpaint but had not been given her markings or fitted with her weaponry by the time the Cease Fire came on November 11. In fact her first flight did not take place until July 9 1920 and on July 13 she was surrendered to France as part of war reparations. The French named her DIXMUDE and modified her slightly including a small passenger cabin - see the 1:350 scale model of DIXMUDE here.
L71 as originally constructed is the subject of a separate CLASSIC AIRSHIPS model HERE