Tuesday, March 26, 2013

An Incredible Model Zeppelin


If you like Steampunk, it's hard to imagine you don't have a soft spot for zeppelins. I sure do, ever since the 1971 film Zeppelin with Michael York and Elke Sommer -- and probably long before, but that's what sealed the deal. Well, the 1986 Miyazaki film Laputa/Castle in the Sky really sealed the deal, by why quibble?

I recently was directed to an amazing link which shows dozens of pictures of a 28mm zeppelin as it was built, step by step, by two brothers. It's for a 1930's pulp game, rather than a Victorian steampunk game, but agin why quibble. A cool zeppelin is a cool zeppelin. The picture at the top of the page shows the forward section in an early stage of completion. The one below shows the same section from a different angle and a little later in the construction.



The girders are made with heavy card stock and the exterior panels appear to be cut from cerial boxes. That's a great forward obervation bay, isn't it? There are a couple 28mm figures in the picture as well to give you an idea of its size.

Since this is a 1930's model it includes an aircraft hanger and biplane fighter painted in German markings. That's not relevant to Steampunk exactly, but check it out when you visit the site. They did a really nice job.


Here a close-up from the passenger lounge in the complete model. I love the attention to detail and it's followed throughout this massive model. I think the little model zeppelin in the lounge is a nice touch.



Finally, here's a long view of the completed model. Of course there is no top half as it's used as a complete game environment. Here the link. Check it out by all means.





4 comments:

  1. It's an amazing piece of workmanship/art. I had the pleasure of following the progress of this model on the Lead Adventurer forum. I can see this design easily being adapted to Steampunk games.

    BTW, Colonel O'Truth is working on a model set to surpass his walker, constructed last year. If you haven't had a chance to check out his progress and plans, follow the link... :)

    http://colonelotruth.blogspot.com/2013/03/bravely-soldering-on.html

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    1. AJ,
      I did look in on it just yesterday, and it is magnificent so far. Once he has it done I'll certainly do a blog posting covering it it, but good heavens! When will he make an end?

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  2. The movie that comes into my mind is The Assassination Bureau starring Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg fighting Telly Savalas on this Zeppelin.

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