I’ve always been fascinated by the giant airships of the early twentieth century, and after learning enough fusion360 to model a sci-fi rocket I decided to tackle an airship for my second modeling attempt.
I chose the LZ127, one of the more elegant airships, and made it sixteen inches long so I could cut the ribs as a single piece.
Somehow I only got one really good picture of it.
But on instagram there’s a short video that shows it off pretty well.
To keep the ribs strong enough, I had to cut them perpendicular to the corrugation, which wound up giving the model an airy look that suggests the girders that would have formed the frame of the original craft.
You can get the plans on thingiverse.
…or from my github page (where are are some useful build tips):
If you want to make one please note, this model is slotted for 0.11 inch thick cardboard, which I don’t think is the most common thickness. I just happened to have a big amazon box of that thickness when I set out to make this model. The thinner material worked out well though, giving the finished model a more delicate look.