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Re: airship buildig

Paul Collins » Dec 10 '13
Picked up a hms victory at telford for £7.
Want to do an airahip from the film stardust the one robert deniros character bumbles around in but using the victory as the ship instead.
Have no idea on how to make an airship or even what materials I could use.
Im guessing it wouldbe between 15-20 inches in length.
I thoght about using cloth but not sure how to go about it.
Any ideas ?
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Re: airship buildig

Gareth James » Dec 11 '13
Saw the film again recently on TV- from what I can remember the `blimp` part of the ship looks like an inflated old sock (not suggesting this is the route you go down) rather than an actual airship structure.

That rules out actual airship `kits` so its Blue Peter territory- one of those larger coke bottles has a similar shape with cloth over it? or maybe an inflated balloon to the correct(ish) dimensions with paper mache and cloth over the top soaked in pva?. 

Or, errr..I could just shut the hell up.


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Re: airship buildig

Ian Thorley » Dec 12 '13
How about building a wooden frame then covering it with the heat shrink plastic/vinyl you use for covering RC plane wings?  The vinyl would pull tight over the frame, then a few washes should highlight the seams to give the impression of the cloth bag effect? 
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Alan "Budgie" Murray » Dec 12 '13
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Re: airship buildig

Paul Collins » Dec 13 '13
I think im going to have to go with a scratchbuild to be honest.
The victory is a good 15 inches long.
That first zeppalin I have alan. Its 31cm long but really thin so its a no go.
Not sure about the forge world one but it is decinatly more to my liking for overall lok.
Looks like wood and cloth will be the way to go indeed.
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Alan "Budgie" Murray » Dec 13 '13

one of the ebay searches turned up a flying airship based on a wire frame.. didn`t check the sizes but could be handy as a basis for your project


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