Below is a listing of airship models so far as is known to
me. You will find card, paper, fiberglass, plastic, and remote
control (R/C) models. Included are sources for airship plans.
Plastic kit manufacturers appear to let their kits go out of
production -- OOP -- after a few years. Prices for the OOP models
are from "Collectors Value Guide For Scale Model Plastic Kits",
6th edition, 1994.
I strongly encourage kit
manufacturers to release their kits
to the general public. These kits are reminders of our airship
heritage and our potential future.
I do not sell models or plans. Please contact the sources listed
below and your local hobby vendors.
Many thanks to all those who contributed information that made
this page possible.
If you have additions or corrections about any of these items,
or if you would care to donate a model, please
let me know. Thank you.
CARD & PAPER MODELS
This site has just about all
there is to know on the subject!
H&B Precision Card Models
2026 Spring Branch Drive | Vienna VA 22181 | USA
Paper Model Links
You want paper models? This is worth your look!
- 1:200 Graf Zep
- 1:400 Graf Zep (with metalfoil cover)
- 1:200 Hindenburg (sort of silvered paper)
"For collectors and fans of model Airships."
An astonishing one-stop shop.
Turnagain | Finch Lane | Amersham | Bucks. HP7 9NE | ENGLAND
tel/fax: (+44) 01494 765910
"I got into the paper/card models because you can't
find the big rigid airships in plastic anymore. When you
start to look at $300 collector's editions of plastic models,
the $15-40 you'll pay for a good card model is indeed a
Paper Models International
9910 SW Bonnie Brae Drive
| Beaverton, OR 97008-6045 | USA
Catalog listing hundreds of cardstock models available
including a 1/350 Macon with skyhook fighter and mooring
mast (silvered paper), a 1/500 Hindenburg (with a 1/200
passenger area), the Schreiber 1/200 Graf Zeppelin, and
assorted balloons and fantasy dirigibles. -- Matso Limtiaco
Listed are two models of the Hindenburg, two of the Graf
Zeppelin, one of the Macon, one of the Solar Ship Lotte, one
of the new Zeppelin LZ N07, a Montgolfiere Balloon, a generic
hot air balloon, and six Czech models of other historical
balloons. -- Kell
If you've never built a paper model, you'd be surprised how
good they look when assembled properly.
Im Steinengarten 11 | D70563 Stuttgart | GERMANY
contact: Ulrich Rueger
Paper model airship kits for sale include:
- ZEPPELIN NT (1:120)
- LZ 126 (ZR3) Los Angeles (1:200)
- LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin
- LZ 129 Hindenburg
- Solar Airship D-LOTTE (1:60, about 10")
A community for anyone interested in modeling airhips.
Here you can gain access to valuable reference material
needed for your project and meet other modelers who share
similar interests. Launched 9 March 2006.
LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin
Base (1/1,000) Model C001.
very finely crafted kit is made of super-detailed stainless
steel parts and a white-metal gondola. All you need are
a side cutter for metal, a set of tweezers and some epoxy
glue. The Zeppelin is 233mm in length. Retail ¥ 8,000
Once you have seen the quality of their build -- created
by Mr. Shinichi Iwami -- you will be tempted to acquire
more. I plan to acquire their Lillienthal Glider,
Wright Brothers Flyer and Gee-Bee Racer. These, let me
repeat, are very finely crafted kits!
AERO BASE, Inc. | 2-26, Takajomachi | Wakayama | 640-8135
tel/fax +81(0)73-422-8655 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kit detailed information
Modeling Madness: Aero Base Gee-Bee Kit Build
How to make micro-blimp envelopes. Text & photos
by Santos of Coleman doing demo.
PLASTIC & FIBERGLASS
1/520 scale. Kit number T572 contained one kit that could
be built as either the Akron or Macon. OOP: $25-$35.
Kit which could be built as the Akron or Macon.
About a foot long.
Fiberglass hull AKRON/MACON full model with mast,
hangar bay entrance, trapeze and Sparrowhawk fighters together
with etched brass parts, including two-blade and three-blade
propellers. (Surprisingly, they don't give scale data but
a photograph shows a tiny Sparrowhawk about the same size
as a quarter coin).
1:400 Akron model with an F9C Sparrowhawk.
1:350 Macon complete with a Sparrowhawk.
Curtis Sparrowhawk (the Akron/Macon fighters)
Williams Bros Inc.
Kit No. 32-F9C. It is in 1/32 scale and has decal
markings to permit finishing the model as any one of
six different Sparrowhawks. The cover has a very nice
piece of art depicting a Sparrowhawk with wheels flying
past the Macon/Akron. Comment received: "Williams Bros. Sparrowhawk is excellent. I finished
mine sans gear and hanging from the trapeze. I scratched built
the trapeze to the drawings of the final version as fitted
to the ZR5." Probably currently available.
Combat Models (OOP)
1/72nd vacuform kit of the K
class blimp. It is even larger than the ZMC of the same
I've seen a K-Type blimp model (unsure of scale,
possibly 1:250) in the hobby shops - it was $10 last time
Reissued an old Ringo Toy Corp. model kit of a U.S.
Navy K-type Blimp at 1/330 scale. On the original but
not the reissue model there is a decal with the designation
"K-68." As I remember it retailed for about $20. Glencoe's
kit number is 05504.
When it came to an accurate "K-Ship" the old Goodyear
plastic model with the moveable sign was closer in proportions
to a K-Ship than the Glencoe one....and it worked great
in photo reference for the finished painting of a K-Ship.
1/336 scale: Goodyear USN Blimp. $100- up.
1/169 scale: Goodyear Blimp. circa 1975. $10-$15. Goodyear
Blimp model (GZ20 - ie America, Columbia, Europa). It
had a motorized revolving drum on the inside on which
you could create "lighted" messages. It, too, is a collectors'
Ringo Toy Corporation (OOP)
1/3336 Goodyear K-68 USN Blimp, $30-$50 (I believe
that this is the one that was recently re-released by Glencoe.)
- 1/72 Goodyear type AD Pilgram (sic).
- 1/72 Goodyear ZS2G model.
- 1/100 Goodyear type C model.
- 1/144 (over 21 inches long) U.S. Navy K-ship model
with mooring mast.
Based in Germany. 1/500 scale ready-made models
Airmodel No. 237 (OOP)
1/72 scale or 1"=6'. Vacuum form model kit produced
in Germany. It was sold in a clear plastic bag with decals
etc. without a manufacturers name. The kit was designed
as incomplete. You have to add the engines from another
kit. I believe it was a biplane of some sort. The scale
is quite large as the shell is about 18" long. The
instructions are very well
done with lots of detail sketches. circa 1960s.
- 1/144 A-60 Lightship model
- 1/72 A-60 Lightship model
Phoenix (?) Airship
1/350 scale. $10-$15.
Scale and maker unknown - I've been told by a couple
of aviation modelers that this one was available in the early
1960s. I believe that the original model was a venture by
a balsa model company in UK called Keil Kraft. But it was
later reissued by the plastic model maker Airfix.
Frog Model F128. (OOP)
1/500 scale. $50-$80. Manufactured
between 1965 and 1970.
It came with a 'L' shaped wire rod to attach
the completed model airship to the replica Montreal Mast
and had a cardboard diorama base.
Maquette (Russia) Model 5000.
the Frog kit. It is available in the UK at under £18.
The moulding is very basic, but free of flash (although
some rubbing down will be required). It comes complete
with new decals. Some of the windows may be inaccurate.
Also inaccurate is some of the detail on the mooring
mast which is also very simplistic and lacking in detail.
There is a lot of room here for photo-etched brass railings
and other super detailing.
Press: Information & Kit Source
Madness: Review & Kit Build
1/400 R100 model kit together with mast components.
It was also available as a museum quality finished model.
Originally issued by Frog. 1/500 scale. $40-$60.
1/400 model kit together with mooring mast (available
also in museum quality finished model).
1:144 Zeppelin model with Albatross (I guess this
is one of the famous WWI German fighters).
LZ127: GRAF ZEPPELIN
Hawk / Testors (OOP)
1/245 scale. Originally made by Hawk (Kit # 301) in the
early sixties and reissued by Testors c.1976.
An aviation modeler told me that the Hawk kit, unassembled,
is worth upwards of $300 today, and the Testors kit anywhere
A collectors' item, but not because of its historical accuracy!
This is a HUGE 1/245th scale vacuum formed model. It builds
to a formidable length of 38.5 inches!
It is vacuum-formed because styrene plastic cannot be molded
to such sizes without warping. Be advised to use superglue
in assembly of styrene plastic models.
Malmmos (Denmark, OOP)
From 1965 I have (all unassembled in the original
box) a model, LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin, scale 1:250, 94 cm long
when assembled. Included is a large 28 page manual with non-English
construction instructions and history of the Zeppelin type
and biographical notes on Zeppelin, Durr, and Eckener. Photos
are included of the model under construction along with the
Graf Zeppelin interiors, and exteriors, of its world flight,
and of earlier Zeppelins. The manual has an aluminized cover.
Construction materials include 16 die cut frames of about
1 mm thick plywood.
Other wood materials are pine, abacki and balsa. Engine
cars are in two halves of plastic. The propellers and
engine car ladders are also of plastic. The supplied
covering is silk. Longitudinal members are wood and a
stiff construction keel is supplied. A color scheme is
provided along with decals and an aluminized wrap around
with windows scribed thereon.
A full size construction plan is supplied apparently in
three languages including for example the titles: Byggetegning,
Bauzeichnung, and Construction Drawing. A method of hanging
the completed model is illustrated.
1/144 Graf Zeppelin model kit (available also in
museum quality finished model).
Toho Mokei (OOP)
1/1080 scale. $30-$50.
1:520 scale (18") and was kit number T557. Also included
a scale replica of the DC-3 intended to be mounted under
the displayed Hindenburg. Made in mid-70s. $25-$35.
1/720 scale - currently available for $20-30 US. At 247mm
it's a very small model for a large subject.
Madness: review & kit build
05777 LZ-129 Hindenburg Geschenk-Set
1/400 Hindenburg model with a Junkers Ju-52.
LZ130: GRAFF ZEPPELIN II
Yes, the Hindenburg was not the last of the great Zeppelins.
1/720 scale - appears to be same as their LZ129 with different
And yes, the Zeppelin
Company is alive and well and building new 14-person
passenger ships. 1/200 scale. 375 mm. 04825.
R/C (Remote Control) MODELS
P.O. Box 710399 | Santee, CA 92072-0399 | USA
Remote controled, electric-powered indoor blimps, use
helium for safety. Peck also manufactures large tethered
blimps for signage. They are located east of San Diego.
Royal Aeronautical Society
4 Hamilton Place
London W1V OBQ
I suggest that you will get all the info you need
from three detailed and well illustrated articles published
in 'Radio Control Models and Electronics' Vol 41 Issues
3, 4 & 5 (March, April & May 1998). I can supply
you with photocopies at a cost of £7. Payment
in advance either by cheque payable to The Royal
Aeronautical Society or by VISA, Access or Mastercard
giving your number, date of card expiry and name
on the card.
STICK & TISSUE
America's Hobby Center
Graf Zeppelin/Los Angeles & Hindenburg model kits:
about 36 inch 'stick and tissue' kit with "laser cut bulkheads,
contest quality balsa, vacu-formed plastic detail parts.
Contact Bill Jeric at Megatech for further information: MEGAWEBRC@aol.com
Scale Modeler Magazine
A good source is their classified adds. Many advertisers
sell out of date kits. From what I have learnt so far the Akron/Macon
sells for about $30-35. The Hindenburg for $90. The R100 for
$50 and the huge Hawk model of the Graf Zeppelin - wait for
it - $250!
7 Birchwood Avenue | Peabody, MA 01960 | USA
Drawings and models of airships, including a little
kit of the Schwarz airship made of aluminum. Write for information.
Frankfurt/Main/Germany. No english pages available. Worth
214-242-8663, 8:30 - 5:30 CST
"A friend gave me a catalogue from a company called
the Squadron Shop. It features the Revell model of the Hindenburg
that was mentioned last week. It's 1/720 scale, costs $14.99,
humanity not included. Kit number is 2-RG4802." -- Allan
SkyTech Models: out of business
Manufacturered airship models, 2-5 feet long, in kit
and finished forms. This was, almost literally, a one-man operation.
SkyTech made a number of kits for which they were the only
known source. I hope they make a come-back. Last known address
was a small shop in a mall: 2373 N.W. 185th, No. 290, Hillsboro,
OR 97124 USA.