Thursday, March 16, 2017

Building Walkure - a German aeronef part 3

The Grand Finale to Part 1 and Part 2

Here the propellers are fastened onto their magnet mountings. Zeppelins rarely had their engines fixed outside their hulls, because maintenance in the air would be too complicated. Instead, the engines were built into the hull and drove the props through an crank shaft. I decided to follow this as well, since that would result in smaller prop mounts. 

The material are plastic ends of closet rolls I collected some years ago because of their interesting shape. 

VSF of course means rivets. Lots of rivets. Insane amounts of rivets. Mind-boggling.... sorry. SO. Rivets. Quite a lot. Punched out of plasticard and glued in place one by one using a pin and a drop of superglue to dip them in.

Spraypainting as we go along. I was very lucky with the weather.

Some wheelhouse furniture: the telegraph.

 Here she is after attaching on the zeppelins and finishing painting the hull.

And here she is completely finished. Mast, tail fins and prop mountings are removable for storage and transport. The mast gained a crosspiece to accommodate both of the pretty flags a pal sent me. Nameplates, manufacturer's plates on the boiler and classic Imperial crosses were made from prints. Some hatches were made from plasticard as I found the deck a bit empty.

The dying hobby of scrap-booking provided me with a nice bow ornament.

And there she goes, to conquer Barsoom!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Building Walkure - A German aeronef part 2

Proceeding onwards from part 1

Using the wooden case of the deck house I added detail using cardboard and some steel rings. The flying bridge was going to be armoured and stairs would run up to the bridge on the outside of the deck house. 

The bridge/roof of the deckhouse can be removed and is fastened with magnets. 

Having finished the deck house, I started filling in the hull plates between the ribs of the hull. I used foamboard as this is light and sturdy and doesn't easily cave in when held.

See the ram bow taking shape, being built up around the MDF core.

Boiler and engine room as well as the axles that will end in the engines at the tips of the wings. The engines will also be held in place by magnets, as to enable easy removal for transport as well as tilting them.

MDF and paper really soak up paint, so you have to prime the stuff before painting to avoid wasting lots of good paint.

I tried out contrasting colours for the gasbags. I like it. Note the gun shields taking shape and the magnets for the engines in place at the ends of the wings.

The guns are from Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company. One should order from them because of the name only, actually, but their naval weapons are top notch.

Walkure will be armed with a Krupp 77mm (actually a Vickers 12-pounder), two Hotchkiss pom-pom quickfiring 37mm guns and two (very) early MG08 Maxim machineguns to discourage boarders.

As a response to the British Aphid class aeronef gunboat, Walkure will feature modern gun shields (a fancy novelty shunned by the Royal Navy) and armoured gun positions to protect the gun crews.

The deck is downloaded wood plank pattern and print. Not as pretty as engraving, but looks good and doesn't take much work.

The standing parts of the railings, drilled and cut (in that order). 

Glued into slots in the deck.

Armour plating (cardboard) protecting the gun positions.

Elastic string (stay good friends with the local haberdasher) will result in railings that always and easily stay taut (with a drop of glue at the right places).

And here Walkure is so far. All the larger parts in place, now is the time for detailing. Stay tuned for Part 3

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Building Walkure - A German Aeronef Part 1

After running the demo at PolderCon I got the itch again and realised the Germans simply could not be absent from my Barsoom games! So I had to build a German aeronef.

The designs in Space 1889 were unsatisfactory, because they simply looked too much like real zeppelins. However, zeppelins did have that German vibe. So there must be zeppelins.

But they may be smaller because after all Mars gravity is lower. And they must be VSF (and make only limited scientific sense) so I decided to place the ship on top of them instead of underneath.

Furthermore the design had to be an obvious result of a British-German arms race, so Walkure had to look like it was designed to beat British Aphids: bigger, heavier armament and armour.

The zeppelins were a challenge but Pringle boxes and plastic wineglasses proved to be the solution.

Not sure about the ductape cover. I might remove that again further on.....

Then the sawing molds were made from cardboard boxes and about an hour of sawwork left me with a heap of MDF parts:

After sanding I glued the main parts in place, found the centerpoint of balance and drilled the hole for the stack/standard holder. Here she is so far with a 28mm figure to give you an idea of scale and the zeppelins in place for the picture. I will keep them removed to facilitate further building and painting.

For more progress, proceed to Part 2