Mt. Rainier's 14,417-foot peak is visible for nearly one hundred miles on a good day, and is an iconic feature of the horizon in Western Washington. A strato-volcano, Mt. Rainier's present cone is one half-million years old and covered with glaciers that amount to nearly one cubic mile of ice. Though it last erupted in 1854. Rainier is still potentially active, and because of its proximity to the densely-settled Seattle-Tacoma area and the massive amount of ice that would be melted during an eruption, it poses more risk than any other volcano in the US.
This model showcases Rainier's summit and steep cone, and because we used the latest USGS high-resolution data, minor features as little as 100' wide are modeled. Little Tahoma dominates the Eastern slope, the summit crater is obvious, and crevasses in the mountain's major glaciers are even visible. If you can't see Rainier every day, or if you can, but only from one angle, put this mountain on your desk or coffee table and enjoy it whenever you like.
Model scale is 1:125400
Model measures 3.9" x 3.9" x 1.3" (10 x 10 x 3.3 cm)
Original area is approximately 7.8 by 7.8 miles
Altitudes covered: 4109' to 14417'
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
Source of digital elevation and aerial orthoimagery data: U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS home page is http://www.usgs.gov/