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The Hindenburg Disaster
The zeppelin Hindenburg; destroyed by a fire in 1937
About this creation

LZ 129 Hindenburg was a German zeppelin. Along with its sister-ship LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II, it was the largest aircraft ever built. During its second year of service, it was destroyed by a fire while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, USA, on May 6, 1937. Thirty-six people died in the accident, which was widely reported by film, photographic, and radio media.

At 6:25 p.m. local time, the Hindenburg caught fire and quickly became engulfed in flames. Where the fire started is controversial; witnesses on the port side saw yellow/red flames first just forward of the top fin, around the vent of cell 4. One, with views of the starboard side, saw flames beginning lower and farther aft, near cell 1. No. 2 Helmsman Helmut Lau also testified seeing the flames spreading from cell 4 into starboard. Wherever it started, the flames quickly spread forward. Almost instantly, a water tank and a fuel tank burst out of the hull, as seen in the picture on the right. At the same time a crack appeared behind the passenger decks. The ship's back broke, and the section from the nose to the aft engine cars lurched upwards, while the stern stayed in trim. As the Hindenburg's tail crashed into the ground, a burst of flame came out of the nose, killing three of the six crew members in the bow. As the ship kept falling with the bow facing upwards (because there was more lifting gas still in the nose), part of the port side directly behind the passenger deck collapsed inward (where the "dent" was), and the gas cell there exploded, erasing the scarlet lettering "Hindenburg" while the ship's bow lowered. One careful analysis of the flame spread, by Addison Bain of NASA, gives the flame front spread rate across the fabric skin as about 49 ft/s. The ship's gondola wheel touched the ground, causing the ship to bounce up once more. At this point, most of the fabric had burned away. At last, the ship went crashing on the ground, bow first.

The Lego version of the disaster also includes a light-brick so the flames glow red. Pictures will be uploaded of that shortly


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  April 21, 2008
totaly awsome keep up the good work
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  September 28, 2007
A history lesson and a clever MOC to boot - nice job. Lee.
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  September 27, 2007
Very unique. Very realistic (from a small point of view) My grandfather had a piece of it that he stole from the wreckage. Though you didn't hear that from me.
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  September 27, 2007
Oh the humaity!
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  September 27, 2007
Very creative with this one. Nice use of fire, and it is cool that it will glow. The little buildings are pretty cool too. A very nice MOC. I studied that disaster. It was an interesting thing to learn about. I can't wait to see some more MOCs, they really are good.
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  September 27, 2007
Very original LEGO idea! Nice construction.
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