Zeppelin Thread

Thread to share all news and depictions related to zeppelins and dirigibles.

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  • It's returning to life - The Germans plan to build Cargo Container carrying Airships!

  • How wonderful! :D

    We should built more airships. They're without doubt far superior to any other method of transportation.
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    ...And there's even Ultralight versions for the future...

    Practice your French, it's worth it:




  • EGADS! Those are quite lovely...

    And now i wished i stuck with French class.
  • Well, it's bound to have some English translation Page, someday!

    But go to the page, and click on the pictures, they are links to screen-size versions of them! :D
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    I post this sequel here:

    A fantastic way to make a light, yet rigid Airship:


    The thing's frame is INFLATED, now why didn't anyone thought of that before?
    You can make your own 2 seater, and keep it on your garage!



    A cheaper, yet not so well made item is this:

  • I did my own cutaway of a Wolfenden-Class airship of the 2060's a while back. It has two giant balloons with the 'cabin' suspended between them. The one i drew was used for... uh... sex orgies in the sky. But there's also an aircraft carrier version with even bigger baloons, more propellors, and a runway on top. The planes can of course 'fall off' the end and use the falling to get up to speed, which means a steam catapult isn't needed which saves some weight. They of course use arrester wires to stop when they come back to land
  • edited March 2008
    I had a simmilar concept as you Felneymike...for the Aircraft carrier though, can't confess to anything sex- orgy related in my inter-war adventure series...<.<...although i'd probably get some sales...*mumbles on*
  • Hmm, and here i am giving it away for free. Then again the artwork is terrible. Anyway i didnt link to the cutaway pic because i thought i didnt have it in linkable form, only on facebook, but i do! though it's too big to post here without it being squished, so click on this:
    The perspective is terrible, and the dome should be bigger (covering more of the top) and the baloons should be much bigger. The aircraft carrier version is basically the same except there's a runway and control tower on top, meaning the rear propellors are lower down (The Mile High Club lands, the aircraft carrier never does, it's resupplied in the air), also the baloons are bigger still and have big booms coming out of the back, with more propellors on. There's also lookout towers in the big tail fins and various missile launchers and things underneath... along with a docking area for another airship, which is usually the resupply vessel
  • The High Mile Club? Lol :D

    As for the cutaway, even though the perspective seems a bit... wrong, I do like self-made cutaways still! Unfortunately my lack of skill where drawing is concerned limits me to deckplans.

    I'm not sure by a floating.. uhm, club, or hotel, would require missile launchers though?
  • Here's another fine diagram....

  • edited March 2008
    Ottens, would you believe there's a drafting Machine on "The boy Mechanic" that would teach you to draw?


    Basically, freehand drawing is none but 2 things:

    You draw what's there, and avoid "describing" instead,

    You learn by buying a pack of 100 sheets of Photocopier A4 paper, and draw to your hart's content, believe me, when you get to the last sheet, you've lost the fear to draw.

    That little machine on the Ebook makes it easier for you to learn to draw, because it's all done with mirrors, and a common glass.

    You see the object/landscape, and draw on the paper, like drawing on a window on foggy mornings, it's as easy as that!

    It's on page 551.
  • Lol! What a delightful contraption indeed :D
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    Works like a charm! :D

    In operation the rays of light coming from any given object, such as the arrow AB, strike the inclined mirror and are reflected downward. On striking the inclined glass a portion of the light is again reflected and the rays entering the eye of the operator produce the virtual image on the aper as shown. The general outlines may be sketched in quickly, leaving the details to be worked up later. This arrangement may be used for interior work when the illumination is good.
    Got to build one, myself, if you're interested, I'll post the thing's picture.
  • Oh yes please do! ;)
  • edited March 2008
    Here they are, but they're not artwork! :D

    Here's the Sketcher folded:

    Here, unfolded:

    Here, assembled:

    Finally, the arrow at the left points where you look from, the middle one, the aperture where you look trough, and the right one, where you see the mirror,that points to the subject, landscape, object, person, Etc.

    You can also see the black arrows pointing to the wires that go trough holes in the cardboard, a better version of this is pending...

  • How wonderful! :D From the diagram I hadn't gathered that one was able to fold it -- now you can take it with you and paint anywhere!
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    That's the idea! :D

    Did you've noticed that it is built with 5 pieces of thick Cardboard, a light Mirror, an Acrylic plate, and Duct Tape?

    Add some self adhesive Velcro, where to see the wires and holes, the easiest thing to do!
  • A recent airship-find...


    By Martin Caceres, or "Lebbeus".
  • Figured I'd post this one here, since it is sort of a cutaway... diagram, actually, but still of interest, perhaps?

    A plan possibly for our airship Tesla Coil on board which our "Doomsday" RPG is set. Of course it's merely a suggestion and it's up to MrFats and J.D. to decide upon the design of the ship, since it is their RPG after all. (Notably, it does not feature balconies connected to the staterooms, though I had contemplated the concept.)

    planqj6.th.png planphotovf0.th.jpg

    (WARNING: Large files!)
  • Today, I saw that a Japanese Astronaut demonstrated that a Boomerang works on Micro-gravity!

    So watch out for new kinds of Space vehicles... Inertia Momentum Thrust ones!
  • edited March 2008
    Thank you for the shiny pictures Mr. Ottens.

    As for those other recent airship projects around the world, Mr. Edgar, luckily I have an airship-obsessed-boyfriend who keeps me up to date on most of those projects. It's lovely to see more pictures of them!
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    Well, QueenAquaBubble, tell him that it will be possible to own an Hot Air Airship,soon:


    Drooling time! :D

    I find the way the Inventor found to make it rigid is a particularly clever one:


  • I think we should all discard automobiles and use little airships for personal transportation instead.

    As for types of airship, I admit I never quite understood the difference between rigid and non-rigid airships.... I never quite took the time to educate myself on it, though, but reading about it at wikipedia's "Airship" page only helps greaten my confusion.
  • Gosh, I only found this post of you now, Ottens, sorry!

    Rigid are rigid all the way, semi-rigid only at the front end, to withstand air resistance to the ship's movement.

    Lookie, lookie:
  • Lookie, lookie II:

  • Oh I'd never seen those before! The first apparently depicts some sort of updated version of the real aircraft-carrying-airships the U.S. Navy developed with a landing strip on top of the ship! :D

    The second.... a chessboard for airplanes?
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    An airport on a Skyscraper! :D

    Go look at the Gizmos at the covers, some are weird, others fantastic, others did come trough!

  • An old British comic, i think it may have been Victor or Valiant, ran a series of "It COULD happen!" covers for a while. I've seen a few including "In the year 2000 you could be taking your children and grandchildren to an undersea hotel for christmas. Santa claus, carrying neptune's trident and riding on a sleigh pulled by dolphins, delivers thier presents" and "The soldiers of the future (they wore bright orange... somebody didnt think something through) are surrounded by the enemy? will they be captured? no, at the touch of a button they soar hundreds of feet into the air, to land safely behind thier own lines. Experiments into personal rocket-packs are already being made, who knows where they will end up tomorrow?"
    Unfortunatley there seems to be no one decent place to find covers, i think i may even have seen those on Ebay
  • I presume then that those soldiers were called Agents Orange?
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