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Zeppelin Historian

Airship Crew Chief

Posts: 30 Member Since: 03/01/14

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Mar 30 14 11:10 AM

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Dear "Dirigible Modelers",

In 1993 my career as a model builder started with a contract to build four models for the new Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen which was supposed to open in 1998.
The first two models were the LZ 8 "Deutschland" (replacement for the crahed LZ 7 "Deutschland"), which was the second airship for the new DELAG. As a passenger carrying airship it got a large "Coupé" which had an interior which resembled the interior of a luxury train - only with a much better and a more exciting view. The airship ended after a rather short career on the wind break in front of the shed at Düsseldorf.

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The model was built in the same manner as the LZ 4. Unfortunately, all the pictures of the building process of my first four models got lost, when I had some new paper copies made in 1999. Therefore the following pictures, which are scans from paper copies, only show the finished model.

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The LZ 10 "Schwaben." (written with a dot after the name) was the first successful DELAG airship until it burned because of static electricity which had built up on the rubberized gasbags. Note that on the picture below, showing the LZ 10 dropping a parachute with mail, the outer most rudder planes on the top had been removed. The model had to be built with this rather unusual feature because the former director of the museum wanted it this way...

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Best regards,
Andreas

PS. If anybody has questions about the airships or the models, please do not hesitate to ask - I will try to give a correct answer...

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Jul 10 14 2:54 AM

Hi Andreas
Now this one is right up my street. I love the early airship types, one day I will build an 'M' class.....................one day.
Alan.

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