1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 9/6/17

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1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 9/6/17

Post by Captain Darling » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:35 pm

This is my take on on VSF Zeppelin/Airship Bomber, I have used Renaissance Miniatures Santos Dumont Airship #9 kit as a basis for it. I picked the kit up through a Kickstarter. The kit has saved me a lot of work as I was considering building something similar from scratch!

Here's the gondola I have to work on the balloon/envelope next :)...

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The kit itself is good but if I was actually building the Santos Dumont Airship #9 I would have to make some improvements as I can't help but dabble; i.e. Adding a base to the basket, using a bit of dowel for the fuel tank, make a one piece engine block with better details using the kit radiator etc. Anyway a good kit not cheap and in my opinion not for the feint hearted.

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Captain Darling » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:26 pm

Hi All,

A small update on this kit build. Since I knew I would not be able to tissue and dope the ends of the envelope/balloon neatly I decided to make caps (thought of buying r/c plane spinners for the ends even but to hard to find the right size).

I made a paper template then cut 0.5mm styrene sheet bits that I glued to the envelope/balloon fame, I finished the ends with Milliput. Its not perfectly round the ends meet at the bottom in a slight V which looks like a keel so is fine for me  :)...

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also seeing how well these caps look I Have decided not to go ahead with a tissue and dope finish for the rest of the envelope/balloon instead I'll individually cut the required 64 segments to cover it in 0.5mm styrene glue each on, add rivets and paint with a steel like finish and have an armoured envelope/balloon...

Here's where I'm up to...a quarter done...
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How each panel is added, they each need to be secured while the glue sets to conform with the curve...
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Dropbear » Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:05 pm

This is looking good. Keen to see the finished result.

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Captain Darling » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:05 pm

Thanks Dropbear!

Hold back on your excitement everyone important news...some more armoured panels added to the balloon/envelope ;)

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Next step when I finally get to it is adding rivets to the armoured panels; now at least 6 rivets a panel and 64 panels...AW MAN!!!!!
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Dropbear » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:15 am

good luck with the rivet counting :lol:

How much more to go after the rivets/panels?

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Captain Darling » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:23 am

Thanks Dropbear...

Almost there, just got to do:

Attach 6 more panels
"grout" the panels
Sanding
Lots of rivets
Painting
Attaching gondola to balloon
Build Stand

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Captain Darling » Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:33 pm

Did someone say rivets!

Okay completed balloon got a spray coat of black so I could see where to clean up excess glue and 'grout' from the panels then after that the adding of rivets began.

Now I was thinking 6 rivets a panel oh no that was way to few here's the breakdown:

32 panels of 10 rivets
16 panels of 7 rivets
16 panels of 5 rivets

512 rivets :roll:

I'll say it again...Awww man!

Current rivet progress...
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Midshipman Easy » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:29 pm

Don't you just love those moments when you have this great idea, rush in to get it started and then find that some part of it just a complete grind? :D

Looking good. How many rivets to go?
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Dropbear » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:20 pm

Midshipman Easy wrote:Looking good. How many rivets to go?
Maybe best not to ask... it might make him a rivet counter :lol: :lol:

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Captain Darling » Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:36 pm

Thanks gentlemen!

So far 22 panels done out of 64...mainly doing the panels with 10 rivets first up to ease the pain later :lol: ...
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 26/1/17

Post by Captain Darling » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:36 pm

Hi All,

Some progress the balloon is virtually done, next step joining the gondola to the it!

Balloon all masked up for painting the black sections...
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Balloon ready to join to the gondola, I was going to go with a steel finish but I've used that on my Martian Tripods so that was out of the question, I used grey like my other VSF flyers for the base colour...grey the colour of Victorian cities...oh and Captain Smith has appeared again!
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 18/2/17

Post by Dropbear » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:37 pm

Looks fantastic... I was wondering for a bit with the newspaper wrapped around it though :P

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 18/2/17

Post by Midshipman Easy » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:49 pm

Looks Fantastic Capt.

Could do with more rivets! :D :) :lol:
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Post by nevermore » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:30 am

looking the bees knees, excellent job

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 18/2/17

Post by Captain Darling » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:09 am

Thanks for the encouragement guys...more rivets...ahhhhhhhhhh!

So the gondola has finally met the balloon...instead of going with a 'fake support' I have substituted coat hanger wire for what should be 'cables'....

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There'll be some more rigging to do yet, need to add some 'fabric' to the rudder and then it needs a base...hmmm suggestions welcome...my current thought is a couple of upturned plastic Martini glasses on a large base and the stems will run up through the gondola frame????

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - 19/2/17 Gondola Connected to Balloon!

Post by Dropbear » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:33 am

looking good now (well, it looked good before too)

Not sure what to suggest for the base though :?

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - 19/2/17 Gondola Connected to Balloon!

Post by Midshipman Easy » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:18 pm

I might have gone for plastic champagne flutes, but your idea sounds cool.
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - 19/2/17 Gondola Connected to Balloon!

Post by Captain Darling » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:32 pm

Thanks guys!

The plastic Champaign flutes did come to mind but I think the lower triangular Martini ones will have a bigger footprint to help stability...well that's the theory...get ready for tears :lol: ...

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Re: VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update Stand Update

Post by Captain Darling » Tue May 30, 2017 9:49 pm

Okay I've been distracted from my VSF interests recently by some Napoleonic and WW II projects but after a call from my local plastics supplier that they had finally got some 10mm clear plastic rod in stock i'm back to my core interest!

I tried to use a single piece of rod to secure the Airship but the models weight distribution soon led me to using two rods (in a very slight 'V' shape) on a substantial base plate...but I think it's come out alright...
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I can now finish detailing the airship and 'texture' the base!

This thing dwarfs the rest of my VSF flying machines!
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A final update soon!

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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 9/6/17

Post by Captain Darling » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:53 pm

Did I say a final update coming up? Well it still is but not quite yet...

I was going to add fabric/tissue paper to the steering tail fin but had a thought that I could use this to attach nationality markings...below you can see the Imperial German fin skin Blu-Tacked into place, I have made up British, Russian and French fin skins too, also included in this picture is the addition of the ballast sandbags these still need a bit of paint work...
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Here's how the whole thing currently looks...
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A couple of close ups of the base (a bit washed out looking for some reason?)...
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Almost there!
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - 30/5/17 Stand Progress

Post by Midshipman Easy » Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:22 pm

I love the ruined barn on the base. Lovely touch.
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Re: 1/56 VSF 'Zeppelin' Bomber Build - Update 9/6/17

Post by Captain Darling » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:06 am

Thanks Easy!
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