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Post  Karl Heinz Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:03 am

Greetings fellow aviators and members of the (non) paying public,

Since I started getting into steampunk more "seriously", I decided I wanted to build a Zeppelin of some variety, so after a week or so of tinkering (and hard work), i'm currently this far:
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Construction is cotton stretched over a balsa wood frame. It looks very loose in the photos, but since then a layer of aircraft "dope" has been applied, which taughtens the skin.
The model is based on this picture, which I drew for the purpose then colourised using photoshop:
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Hope you like so far, I will update when I get more stuff done.
-matt
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Post  CaptZaphod Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:15 am

Well done!
Looking forward to seeing the completed piece.
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Post  Alain Raethorne Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:08 am

My word, that is astounding!

I've always wanted to try my hand at something similar to this, so let me ask you: Where exactly can you get balsa wood for this type of project? Will hobby shops that carry model planes carry just balsa wood?

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Post  Zwack Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:15 am

Indeed model shops are likely to carry assorted balsa wood.

I seem to recall seeing it in Railway model shops too.

I hope this helps,
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Post  Karl Heinz Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:56 pm

The stuff I used was spare from a ship model i'm making. Look for specialist shops that sell balsa planking, about 1-2mm thick and 5mm wide. You can use any other flexible wood as well.
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