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Schreiber-Bogen Card Model Airship LZ 126 (ZR-3 Los Angeles)

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Schreiber-Bogen Card Model Airship LZ 126 (ZR-3 Los Angeles)

Airship LZ 126 (ZR-3 Los Angeles)

to cut colored model and stick together

Material: paper, cardboard

Number of bends: 13

Unit: 1: 200

Difficulty: 3

Additionally necessary: ​​paper scissors, glue
Helpful tools: scalpel, bone folder, small clamps and needles for fixing

The manufacturer classifies his models in five levels of difficulty one:

"Children Model": very light and with childish motifs
"0": Beginners
"1": Easy
"2": Medium
"3": Heavy

Airship LZ 126 (ZR-3 "USS Los Angeles")

After World War II, the Allies had the Germans forbidden to build military airships. However, the United States demanded the construction of an airship of the Zeppelin company as reparations. Officially civilian use was provided. So in addition to the crew also found 30 passengers in Zeppelinplatz, also stood for the first time even sleeping spaces. In order to reflect solar radiation and reduce the heating of the carrier gas, the LZ 126 received a coating of aluminum particles. Thus, the entire hull looked even more elegant. For driving five Maybach twelve-cylinder engines attended with a total of 2,100 hp.

The LZ 126 was transferred in October 1924 in the United States. Before the start there was an incident: Two reporters were hiding as stowaways in the rear, but were discovered in time. In 81 hours the airship covered a distance of 8,050 kilometers back. The trip caused a sensation and was like a peace mission. The crew has even been received at the White House. The LZ 126 was named "USS Los Angeles" and the new type designation ZR-3, the American name for a Zeppelin airship. During commissioning, the Americans exchanged the hydrogen gas to helium. Helium was safer, but also drained scarce and expensive, thus had another airship the US Navy and the gas in the "USS Los Angeles" are transferred. The Zeppelin was a school and experimental airship in operation. In January 1925, scientists used it for observing a total eclipse.
1925 significant deficiencies were found after an engine failure. Before the repair was pumped helium to another airship but crashed. Thereafter, the helium supplies were so scarce that the re-use of the "USS Los Angeles" delayed until March 1926th In August 1927 there was another incident: The anchored at a high masts "USS Los Angeles" was hit by a gust of wind got boost, and the stern rose as much on that the airship was upside down - although the crew tried to rectify the situation by shifting your weight. Then we replaced the high masts by lower structures. In January 1928, tested the landing on an aircraft carrier. 1929 succeeded for the first time an attempt to take an airplane in flight with the airship and set down again. Thus it was proved that airships were able to take cargo and passengers to land without itself.
In 1932, the "USS Los Angeles" was put out of service for economic reasons and stood until 1939 for experiments on the floor available. From June to September 1939, the most successful Zeppelin US was released for visitors to inspect and was scrapped in October 1939th Within the seven-year period of service, the "USS Los Angeles" had traveled on 331 trips in 4398 flying hours about 345,000 kilometers.