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U.S.S. Shenandoah 90th anniversary

Next year marks the 90th anniversary of the Shenandoah's all too short career.
Christening of the ZR-1 U.S.S. Shenandoah

Christmas at Lakehurst Ca. 1935


Blog format update.

This is a notice on the format of Zeppelinheim.Blogspot. As I try to coalesce Zeppelinheim into a cohesive resource (virtually impossible for me!) I've settled on a format that I think'll be easy for me to write & you to read.

Each month I will have an "Airship of the Month" as previously stated the blog will be focused on one airship (in Decembers case the R-100) with the occasional post on another part of the Airship Era. During each month I'll be working on research for the selected airship, modelling various parts of said airship, and posting essay(s), photographs, links, and vignettes of the airship. To facilitate work on my current model (the Hindenburg) the "Airship of the Month" for January will be the LZ-129.

As always I'm open to suggestions as to the "Airship of the Month" and "Photo of the week" simply email the suggestion to "" and include the word "Zeppelinheim in the main E-mai…

A fallen dream: the end of commercial airships~part 2

Deutsche Luftschiffe Zeppelin-129 Hindenburg

Just a few photos of the upcoming Airship of the Month.
Airship Hindenburg over Manhattan hours before disaster.
7:25:15 P.M. The end of the giant airships.

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A fallen dream: the end of commercial airships ~ part 1 Introduction

Quick note: The essay will be posted in 9-10 parts about every other day.

 One by one the windows were opened and the people arose from softly upholstered orange chairs. A man showed his three children how far they had come from Frankfurt to New York on the skillfully painted pastel mural of the world on the far side of the lounge. Then, the dirty tops of skyscrapers, one rising above the rest, appeared from out of the clouds. The passengers waved to the visitors of the great building, then pointed towards the parks, the tall statue jutting out of the glimmering harbor, and, below them to the sleek Queen Mary, her three red and black funnels sparkling, pulling into her Cunard pier, before returning to their seats. 

Hindenburg model~Delay

Apologies for not posting photos of the Hindenburg model. I've been under the weather for the past few days. I'll hopefully have photos up by Monday.

Photo of the week

Here's the photo of the week! The always spectacular "Hindenburg" making a grand entrance into the  United States over the skyscrapers of New York City. Circa 1936?
More photos [finally] of my 3D Hindenburg model tomorrow!  

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Airships and the Empire State Building

Yes indeed, the iconic Empire State Building was designed to act as a mooring mast for dirigibles: Illustration from the ESB Dedication Booklet

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I Had to post this full-size


Did you know: The R-100 was very likely earmarked for the name "Pollux". More commonly known as Hercules, Pollux was one of the two Aurgonauts to travel with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece; The other, Castor or Apollo, would have been the name of the R-101.
R-101 over Toronto

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And my featured airship for the month of December is: the H.M.A. R-100.

The featured airship for the month will be (obviously) the airship I will be featuring for one month. Over the course of a month I will include photographs, Mini-essays, facts, and links featuring the chosen airship. To start off here are a few photo's of the lesser known "sister ship" to the ill-fated R-101: the "Capitalist Ship" His Majesties Airship R(igid)-100. 

The old and the new.
An extremely rare colorphoto of the R-101 in St. Hubert, Canada

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Hindenburg Sneak Preview.

Sneak preview of the Lounge, Promenade, & Reading & Writing room

Here it is! this is the lounge area of my model of the Hindenburg ( the most current version can be found on the Sketchup 3d Warehouse under the title: Hindenburg A deck. by hlostoops.)
  I had been posting photographs of the model on the now crashed website "AirshipModeler" & the move to Zeppelinheim will take some time. In the time after the crash I was able to update the railing (seen here) and the Dining Room tables.
  As well as posting photographs & updates on my models, I hope to include before/after photos of the models, as well as comparison photographs with the actual specimen.
  I hope you will enjoy reading Zeppelinheim as much as I will enjoy writing it.

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My blog Zeppelinheim is named after the planned German town of the 1930's designed to house employees of the Zeppelin Co. The blog will encompass my efforts at Sketchup modelling the exteriors and interiors of various ships starting with the iconic D-LZ 129 Hindenburg, writing on the great airships of the 1920's & 30's, planned ships that were never realized, & selections of book titles and photographs from the golden age of Airships.