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Cardington in Bedfordshire, England was to become one of the World's best airship facilities. With the economic depression of the post Great War years, the Airship station was initially closed in 1921 after the R38 had been completed. However, it was reopened in 1924 following the British government's announcement of the start of the Imperial Airship Service and contracts for the R101 and R100. For communications, a wireless station and control tower were built on the site and this huge airship mast was erected in 1926. At 202 feet (61.6 mtrs) high and 70 feet (21.3 mtrs) in diameter at the base, the tower was the first ever cantilever mooring mast to be built. It was demolished in 1943 to provide materials to help the WWII effort. The R100 flew from this mast on her successful round trip to Montreal, Canada in July and August of 1930.
The R101 flew her tests flights from the mast and then cast off from here on her final voyage on October 1st the same year. Similar masts were built in Ismailia in Egypt, Karachi in northwestern India and at Saint Hubert Airfield, Montreal.
The model separates into two parts to allow for painting the inside edges of the tower,the stairway and lift-shaft central column. Simply trim off the two "U" shaped sprues from the base to enable the central part to be removed. I've provided holes either side of the lift car shaft, top and bottom, for you to fit two wires feeding an LED or bulb for illuminating the top of the tower. Fix these wires taughtly and they will simulate the lift car cables.
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