This model of the British S.S.Zero arrives as a kit of three parts. The two halves of the envelope are arranged vertically in the printer to permit the best possible surface finish. The Control Car is printed within the front half and is released once the halves are separated. There is a 2mm diameter hole in the hull for a display rod or stand.
Each model is just 62.5mm long x 17.2 mm wide x 18.3 mm high in 1:700 scale and 72.9mm long x 20.1mm wide x 21.4mm high in 1:600.
1/1250th, 1/1200th and 1/350th scale versions of the S.S. Zero are available elsewhere in this shop.
The S.S. Zero was the most successful development of the British S.S., "Submarine Scout" Class of WW1 non-rigid airships. Considering how simple the first of the class were: a wing-less BE2c aircraft slung beneath a relatively small rubberized fabric envelope, the S S Zero by contrast was surprisingly sophisticated and gave good service during 1917 and 18. As well as battling German submarines (when they could find them!) they served as convoy escorts and released large numbers of light cruisers and destroyers for other duties. Bad weather seldom prevented Zeros from performing their work. In the ten and a half month period from 1 January 1918 until the Armistice, there were only nine days when they were unable to undertake their tasks.
A Zero could stay in the air for a long time: 7 hours was its normal flying duration, but flights lasting twelve or even twenty-four hours were not uncommon. The record was held by SSZ 39 which, with full war equipment, flew uninterupted for 50 hours.
The first ever use of the term "blimp" was in relation to Zeros.
Sixty-six S.S. Zeros were delivered...
Length: 143 ft
Envelope Diameter: 32 ft
Volume: 70 000 cu ft
Engine: Rolls Royce Hawk, 75 hp driving a 9 ft diameter, 4-blade propellor
The book "Coastal Patrol: Royal Navy Airship Operations During the Great War 1914-1918" by Brian J Turpin gives a brilliant insight into the lives of the airship men and their machines. The British RNAS successfully countered the U-Boat threat from Germany and the sheer size and efficiency of their fleet of non-rigids has been understated too often by most historians and chroniclers of the war.