This Steampunk Airship was designed and built as part of my final year at university. For a while now I have dreamt of a personal airship that the everyday person could use in an alternate universe, admittedly one that would allow for such an implausible design to fly. I figured such a ship would need to be more easily parked in small spaces than would be possible with a more conventional airship design. As such I chose to design the ship tall rather than long, the idea being that the small airship would be able to maneuver into small landing spaces using its assorted variable pitch propellers to guide it.
I also chose to place the pilots station on top of the vehicle rather than suspended below it since it gave the cockpit qualities similar to the crows nest on an old sailing ship.
The actual model was made in sections with the main body of the ship sculpted in two halves out of Chavant’s NSP Hard, a very good medium for mechanical shapes. Both halves were then moulded in plaster and had fibreglass positives made which were then bonded with epoxy resin.
Looking back it would have been better if I had sculpted the body as a single item rather than in two halves since aligning the two halves was quite difficult.
Having learnt from the main body, I sculpted the engine pod at the bottom of the ship as one item which was then moulded in Silicone with a plaster jacket. From that I pulled a Smoothcast 300 plastic version which was then added to the rest of the ship. The wings, propellers and some of the other detail components were “kitbashed” from several aircraft models while the rest were added with Milliput.
The finished model was then painted in Acrylics by hand.
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