Some very cool builds going on here, I'm glad I joined up! Probably time for me to share pics of my own.
The USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) was a sister ship of the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127), and as a result the closest kit I could get for the ZR-3 was Hawk's 1/245 Graf Zeppelin. Most differences wouldn't be noticeable at this scale, but the gondolas did have some differences that I could work with. Firstly, the gondola would be moved about 13.5cm (in scale) to stern, making for a less pronounced curvature along the walls where they meet with the balloon. Panels from my spares box were cut into shape, followed by lots of putty and sanding (that will be a common theme in this build). Then I had to make a few adjustments to the windows. It seems that ZR-3 had more a utilitarian design compared to LZ-127. Since I don't have a before-pic (about 3 years ago), here's the run-down of my work.
The deck went together without issue. White walls, wooden doorframes, USN-blue sheets, and green fabric couches and chairs. Although the outside of the gondola looks plainer than LZ-127, the interior was still very much designed for luxury. Lucky sailors
I do wish they had put more detail into the bridge, but whatever. Most of this won't be visible anyway.
The kit has materials to light up the gondola's interior. I struggled for a while if I wanted to wire the model or not, finally opted to glue it all into place, and then the wires separated. Perfect timing.
So now I'm trying to find a local friend who knows how to solder. If I can find one before I finish cleaning up the balloon, then I'll wire it all. If not, then I'll just close it all up and hide the wires. Speaking of the balloon, I glued these two pieces together, so the model is probably >75% complete now!