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Steampunk Flying Ship papercraft by RocketmanTan Steampunk Flying Ship papercraft by RocketmanTan

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Haven't done anything non-pony in a while, so have some steampunk!

This week's model depicts a vacuum-airship, based on a drawing by Francesco Lana de Terzi. Now, considering that the designer was Italian, but this model contains Germanic iconography, I shall explain.

I sort of wanted to make this model in a way that would imply its use by a contemporary military force. However, since Italy was nonexistent, I had to do some research into the history of Lombardi (de Terzi's home), in order for things to make a bit more sense. I found out that around the time that de Terzi had come up with this idea, Lombardi was under control by the Habsburgs, hence the Reichsadler and the word "Daidalos" (German for Daedalus) written on the stern.

Apologies in advance for any historical inaccuracies.
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Skyflywings2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student
Cool!
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Ananasbaum Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what are the gunwhales for? i looked for the german word but i still have no idea... :D
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RocketmanTan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe the closest German word would be "Dollbord", although Dollbord refers to small boats, as opposed to ships. I guess you can say the gunwhales are the "fence" surrounding the edge of a ship's deck.

Here's a diagram that might help you: [link]

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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Ananasbaum Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, thank you!
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ikarusmedia Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
great model!!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
nice. defiantly on my to do list.looks like a nice clean kit. great research on this thing.awesome!
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RocketmanTan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
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