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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 6:21 a.m. PST

Does anyone know of a canned scenario, guidebook or casting-scale map making use of a Hindenburg-size rigid airship or a pre-War Pan Am Clipper as a setting? They seem like such an obvious location for certain types of pulp, but I rarely see them used.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 8:44 a.m. PST

Haven't come across a scenario. That does appear to be a serious omission!

Photos and links to Hindenburg plans here:

Here's the floor plan for the smaller LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin:

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 10:01 a.m. PST

Maybe because of the amount of scratch building that would need to be done to have a decent looking 3D model to game on/with?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 11:08 a.m. PST

79thPA, gaming on printed deck plans is a staple RPG format.

These days, one might be able to talk an established STL designer to run a Kickstarter for a printable model.

The fictional D-138 would be superb for Indiana Jonesing.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 12:07 p.m. PST

Thank you both! I think miniMo has the right of it, 79th: A 3D for a convention game perhaps. You wouldn't get enough use out of it normally, and even for a convention game you'd want an STL.

But there are some very nice books of 2D skirmish/adventure settings sitting right on the edge between a picture and a map, and this is one where the action can't go off the edge of the map short of someone jumping--or being thrown out of--the setting. The combination of interwar luxury, strange tech and the potential for spies, saboteurs and such calls to me. At least for rigid airships we have the bit in Indiana Jones III and the George C. Scott Hindenburg, but I've never seen anything set in a Pan Am Clipper. Look them up some time: air travel with honeymoon suites and five-star chefs is definitely the way to travel.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 1:12 p.m. PST

Ah, but you are forgetting rocket packs, Robert! A veritable staple of pulp fiction and gaming. In that case, the exterior becomes as game-able as the interior.
A scenario based on The Rocketeer would be exciting indeed.

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 1:27 p.m. PST

FYI. I did some quick calculations. The Hindenburg in 28mm would be 15' long. I ran it through a scale calculator.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 1:50 p.m. PST

"The Hindenburg in 28mm would be 15' long."

Good point. My first thought was to default to the Graf Zeppelin, but it might be better to do the control, guest and engine areas to scale and find some other way of tackling the lifting area of the dirigible. It looks at a first hack as though you could put both decks of a Pan Am B-314 on a 4x6 table.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 2:27 p.m. PST

Robert, are you on the Pulp Alley Facebook page? I'm sure you could tweak a scenario to take place on a large dirigible.

djbthesecond24 Aug 2023 3:14 p.m. PST

I remember a scuffle on board a zeppelin in the movie 'The Assassination Bureau', if that's of use.

Arjuna24 Aug 2023 8:51 p.m. PST

The Hindenburg class as a whole gaming model in 15mm/28mm would be a bit unwieldy.
Though most of the space would be empty hull so parts of that would probably be enough.
The models made for gaming I've seen online over the years used mainly the parts that were intended for passengers and crew on a regular base.
They were about three foot long.
There was even a commercial product made from MDF, some Kickstarter I seem to remember.


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Umpapa25 Aug 2023 2:59 p.m. PST

What about USS Macon? Couldnt it be better for pulp adventures?

pvernon Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2023 1:01 p.m. PST

Bel Geddes #4 would work for Pulp. Large enough for action, and slow enough that it be awhile before you get there. Perfect

chironex28 Aug 2023 2:44 a.m. PST

That's all I can find because there aren't really a lot.

Phil Tortorici23 Oct 2023 3:14 p.m. PST

I got a book on the Hindenburg, And I am tempted to build the passenger compartment in 28mm. But I just took a deep breath and said no. That's what is known as real maturity:)

Phil Tortorici23 Oct 2023 3:15 p.m. PST

I like the Crimson Skies miniature game. I own practically all of it.

Pyrate Captain26 Nov 2023 12:27 p.m. PST

Do you need the whole rigid airship or would the passenger compartment and control cabin alone work?


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