Skill Level 3. Previous experience recommended.
This model builds into an accurate 1:700 scale replica of the R.100 as she appeared on her transatlantic voyage. The completed model is about 12 inches long.
You will need a colour printer capable of handling card or cover stock to print the parts sheets. 67 lb cover stock (approx 8.5 thousandths of an inch or 0.2 mm thick) is recommended.
In the mid-1920s the British government developed the Imperial Airship Scheme to connect the far-flung British Empire by air. The plan began with the contracting of two huge dirigibles, R100 and R101. The R.100 was designed and constructed by a private subsidiary of Vickers, while R101 was built by a competing government agency. The R.100, when completed in 1930, was the size of an ocean liner and could carry 100 passengers in comfort at a speed of 81 miles per hour. In 1930 she made her first transatlantic flight to Canada, and in spite of minor problems the new airship was considered a success. However, the crash of R.101 with heavy loss of life later that year spelled the end of the Imperial Airship Scheme, and though she had proved to be a good design, R.100 was scrapped in 1931.
Last updated 26 June 2013
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