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     Home »  The Paul McGann Era »  Great find - R101 Airship Paper model!
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     Thursday, June 22 2006 @ 12:55 AM EDT
    Hey, guys, I was doing some research on the R101 airship (after listening to "Storm Warning", the Paul McGann Big Finish Audio) - (one of the best) - when I came across this!

    My Doctor Who Fun Page - The Airship R101 Model Kit!

    Download it and print it yourself on card stock, use a sharp X-Acto knife and glue, and build a model of the R101!

    Note - This is actually a picture of the R100, the sister-ship, not the R101, but the difference is mostly the digit, and the fin-shape. And the engines are different. Otherwise fairly similar.

    Also on the site are models for the shed the R101 (and the R100) was built in, and a mooring mast to park the ship!

    I was overjoyed to see this! Paper modeling used to be one of my childhood hobbies!

    And now we can have a physical R101 to play with! (Gently, probably!)


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     Thursday, June 22 2006 @ 10:20 AM EDT
    Hey Sean,

    The R-101 must have crashed! All the pictures have disappeared - on your website too. Are you hotlinking and someone has cut the link?

    In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed are Kings
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     Thursday, June 22 2006 @ 11:57 AM EDT
    Yeah. The guy probably has remote image linking turned off on his server. Just go to the links, and you'll find the stuff there.

    I'll download the pictures tonight and host them on my own server, and then they'll work.


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     Sunday, June 25 2006 @ 08:20 PM EDT
    Fixed the pictures. The links were always good, but now the pictures are there.

    By the way, the R100 is a bit different than the R101, and most noticeably in the fin section, and the engines are different, but they're tiny, so hard to discern the difference.

    The image of Storm Warning seems dead, but that's only because for some reason tonight I can't get to the Big Finish web site.

    By the way, I almost completed construction on the R101 paper model, and it looks quite nice! I've only got the 5 engines and vanes to put on, and they're so tiny I have no idea how I'm going to do it... the finished engine should be about 7mm in length, and are made of something like 8-10 parts each!!! Miniscule pieces!

    But other than that, it's all together, and looks pretty good.


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     Thursday, June 29 2006 @ 04:52 AM EDT
    hi there.
    been reading this and a bit more info for you on the two ships.

    there are quite a few differences between the two but we wont worry about those just yet.

    i grew up in cardington in view of the sheds (there are two of them) and also grew up on the history of the R101 too, enough to join in the end the airship herritage trust.

    their website is full of info on the ship with even video clips of both the R101 and R100, and even have details on the planned bigger R102.

    airship and dr who fan Surprised!

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     Thursday, June 29 2006 @ 09:39 AM EDT
    Yes, Trevor, I've seen some great photos online of the two sheds, and there were a lot of differences between the R100 and R101, both being built by two different groups, but they were similar in many visual ways.

    I would love to see those sheds. They must be massive. The airship itself was around 700 feet long, and I know (from the paper model of the shed) that the shed is quite a bit longer.

    (I wonder if those sheds were owned by Arthur Johnson... Hmmmm...)

    Thanks for the web link! I've been looking for more info on the ships, and that may be where to go.

    I also found a great link to a PDF file about the R100 and R101 in St. Hubert, in Canada, and some good pics of the mooring post there. (WHich I believe was eventually torn down, so doesn't exist anymore... from what little info I've been able to glean on the web.)

    WHat I'm most curious about is the internal areas of the dirigibles. When I told a colleague about the passenger areas she assumed, as do many, I'm sure, that the entire upper body is a gas bag, which of course isn't true. The passenger accommodations are all up there, with windows, passenger rooms, etc, and I know the entrance to the dirigible is just under the nose tip.

    I saw a great photo of the entrance hatchway open on the mooring mast, captioned something like "It took daring even to board the R101" or some such...

    Glad I found the site. I've always been fascinated with airships, which may be why I really liked "Thunderbird 6" so much, and why I loved the "Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel" episodes.


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     Thursday, June 29 2006 @ 10:25 AM EDT
    hi there
    well your right about the internal space, good page on the AHT site showing this is here

    the R101 bit is here

    gives details of both ships interiors

    heres a link to the cardington page, the sheds in the mist pic was done by my dad.

    and all the imperial airship scheam sites are shown here

    also as to the mooring mast, i have been to the site of the cardington mooring mast, the mast was taken down during the war but the whinch sheds at the bottom and the huge concrete base is there, hard to imagine now but there would have been a huge mast 210ft in the air towering above you, and attached to that the largest british aircraft ever made, the R101, 777ft long. the R100 was a little smaller.

    p.s loved those two epesodes too, little bit of artistic licence on the handling but brilliant to see londons skies filled with airships. barrage ballons last series, airships this series, whats next, a trip to canada on the R100?, I dont think that will happen lol.

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     Tuesday, August 22 2006 @ 09:23 AM EDT
    the bbc are having a vote for brittish unsung landmarks, cardington is doing well, if you wish to vote follow this link


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     Friday, August 25 2006 @ 11:57 AM EDT
    right, cardington airship sheds made the last eight finnalists.

    to vote for cardington follow this link.


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