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WIP Pirate airship

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Bryon Ray, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Bryon Ray New Member

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    United-States
    This is a project that I have wanted to do for a while. I still have not figured out how to make the balloon yet .
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    I want to have the steam engine have an erie green lighted glow. I spent today sanding and filling the hull.
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  2. Meehan34 A Fixture

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    that is some concept. The balloon could be made one of two ways. 1) make a wire frame (or wood for realism) and stretch a wet silk over it then let it dry and shrink b) blow up a real balloon and cover it in thin papier mache then pop the real balloon inside and remove from the heat source hole. You could then paint it however you like if using the papier mache or dye the silk before stretching it. I kinda want to see this thing come to fruition. neat idea.
  3. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

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    Australia
    Woo- Hoo!

    Looks like fun!

    And different too!

    I'd go with some of the ideas already mentioned - it may take a combination of techniques to get it right.....

    Dont get discouraged, it's great to see something from 'outside the norm' for here!

    Cheers
  4. clubcat Member

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    England
    Make a frame as Mike suggests and cover it in tissue paper and apply dope to taughten it or go to your local RC model aircraft supplier and get some of their special film, you secure it to your frame and apply gentle heat to shrink it down.
    As for your eerie green glow I would suggest its down to how you deal with the reflections of the green light off the near surrounding structures and nearest lowest surface of the "balloon", although I think your image is more of a dirigible which I always think sounds better.
    You can always cheat :eek: by fixing a green LED in your "firebox" and let it sort out the eerieness!! ;):D
    Good luck, you've made a good start, I look forward to seeing your progress.(y)

    Melanie
  5. kansas kid Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Kewl Beans, Cartman. Whoa. . .

    Yo Byron:

    As Jamie says this looks like fun! And it is DIFFERENT. I always enjoy seeing
    and hearing Planeteers come up with different ideas, traveling down the
    "other" fork in the road, so to speak. And I really like your most creative
    idea, here.

    And it reminds me of what a super exercise in "problem solving" this hobby
    can be; definitely a great learning experience for our youngsters, as well as
    for keeping oldsters like me active in the gray matter. Yep!

    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, eager to see this ship take off, matey!

    Kansas Kid, at heart
  6. gordy Well-Known Member

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  7. Scott777 Active Member

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    United-States
    another thought might be vacuforming some plastic halves and putting them together or check out the toy aisle might have some premade stuff you can convert?
  8. Bryon Ray New Member

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    United-States
    Thats how I got started with the ship a friend of mine new what I have been wanting to mkae and found the ship at a garage sale. It will be a fun conversion and will match the cartoon style.Thanks everyboby for the ideas.
  9. Bryon Ray New Member

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    United-States
    Progress so far I think i may do away with the baloon Idea. i guess i will think about it while I sculpt the crew.

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  10. gothicgeek A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Check the paper modelling sites for a dirigible plan! paper would be very very light!

    And super work :)
  11. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

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    Australia
    Bryon,
    don't be too afraid of doing a blimp - it is actually easier then it seems, just a bit fiddly.....

    Most of on here are 'cross - hobby' - we come from a variety of backgrounds, or have done different stuff that will help you.

    I think it is a good idea, and I encourage you to continue with it!

    Trust me, you'll feel so good about doing a project like that.

    All that is needed is a few ways of putting the idea together in a way you can use!

    Cheers,
  12. Bryon Ray New Member

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    United-States
    Started the airship captain

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  13. Bryon Ray New Member

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    out of the ship

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  14. kansas kid Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Oh ma'gosh. . . this dude is so kewl. I bet he listens to Mozart
    Concertos! Hokay so maybe just Mozart Operas. The Magic Flute???
    . . . hummmmmmm? kewl Beans. Love it. . . .

    Jaybird
  15. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

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    Australia
    Looking forward to this,

    it is an interesting concept so far!

    cheers
  16. Bryon Ray New Member

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    United-States
    Progress so far, Alittle disapointed that the is no room for the first mate. But I am happy with it so far

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  17. gordy Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Very NICE! (y)
  18. clubcat Member

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    England
    Wow Bryon that has really come along. I like this a lot.

    Congratulations

    Melanie
  19. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Excellent!

    How did you get the gas bag worked out?

    Looks great, please share!


    Cheers
  20. Bryon Ray New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I carved it out of styrofoam and the covered it with fabric.

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