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US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed

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White Natural Versatile Plastic
US Navy ZPG-3W  "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed
US Navy ZPG-3W  "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed

Not a Photo

US Navy ZPG-3W  "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed
US Navy ZPG-3W  "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed

Not a Photo

US Navy ZPG-3W  "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed
US Navy ZPG-3W  "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed

Not a Photo

US Navy ZPG-3W  "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed
US Navy ZPG-3W  "Vigilance" (SLS) 3d printed

Not a Photo

US Navy ZPG-3W "Vigilance" (SLS)

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3D printed in white nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.

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Product Description
This model is of the US Navy ZPG-3W with the undercarriage retracted and can be ordered in either 1/1250th or 1/1200th scale. There is a 2mm dia hole just behind the control car for a mounting rod or display stand.

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.

1/1250 or 1/1200 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

1/1250 scale model length = 94.5 mm
1/1200 scale model length = 98.4 mm

This model has been specifically designed for SLS printing in "Versatile Plastic" . The nylon material allows reasonable surface detail and is cost effective enough to allow grouping of models for example in dioramas, and tough enough for models to be used in wargaming. Collecting the entire range is well within reach of most modellers.
Another version is available
here for printing in the premium "Fine Detail" plastics. These permit finer, more delicate detail to be reproduced. You also get the added bonus on the ZPG-3W of having a Mobile Mooring Mast being included  AND of having optional undercarriage "UP" and "DOWN" Control Cars.

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

For the ZPG-3W in 1700 and 1/600 scale, please click HERE;
What's in the box:
ZPG-3 Assy S&F 1 1250 nf
2.57 x 9.59 x 2.07 cm
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