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Old Jun 16, 2009, 09:03 AM
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Steampunk foamie

As an admirer of the Steampunk style, I have begun design work on a foamie that reflects a high Victorian appearance while still being flyable. Contributors to the Steampunk forum brassgoggles.co.uk are assisting, and so far the design looks like this. The plane will have joined double ailerons and elevator, and will have many details such as the tanks which serve no purpose and only add to the weight. I would welcome any input to either help the plane look more bizarre or make it fly better.

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Old Jun 16, 2009, 12:59 PM
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As an admirer of the Steampunk style, I have begun design work on a foamie that reflects a high Victorian appearance while still being flyable. Contributors to the Steampunk forum brassgoggles.co.uk are assisting, and so far the design looks like this. The plane will have joined double ailerons and elevator, and will have many details such as the tanks which serve no purpose and only add to the weight. I would welcome any input to either help the plane look more bizarre or make it fly better.

Hi Will Rock,

A very innovational idea that I visualize as being about 50" to 70" wing span and built very light.

A few comments in the same spirit as I visualize the end product. So some "how about".

How about having the two tanks about 1/2 or 2/3 their present size and use them as twin mufflers. Smoke generation could come out of them.

How about the top tail horizontal surface be higher up the fin and smoke would blast out between the two surfaces.

How about having the two tanks replaced by propulsing units imitating jet engines .

How about extending the ground wires to the bottom wing and installing flying wires and thus reduce the construction weight of the wings.

Just some ideas showing attention brought to the design idea.

Have fun. It would be a fun model to build.

Zor
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Old Jun 16, 2009, 02:03 PM
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Nice one Will, full of character, but don't forget the 'pilot' and perhaps the 'stoker'.

When you've finished that, here's a whole load more to consider - Adventure Lounge - Early Aircraft Designs
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Old Jun 16, 2009, 02:23 PM
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Killer idea!

"The World in the Air" by Miller has tons of old aviation engravings and photos that would be helpful here too.
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Old Jun 16, 2009, 03:35 PM
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I definately agree with Zor - and keeping it even lighter, you could use a brushless motor (geared or straight) and maybe place small aircraft smokebombs in the boilers
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Old Jun 16, 2009, 04:34 PM
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Love it, love the whole steampunk thing anyway, I designed my own sort of steampunk model a few years ago, a sort of gull wing scalloped trailing edge radial engined oddity, somewhere between steampunk and industrial gothic in inspiration.

I'll have to see if I can dig it out, never built it, this was before lightweight electric stuff was around.

I think you should go for it, see what happens. Heck, here's an idea, why not make the tanks filled with helium. For kicks.

Just for fun, here's a rather wonderful watch as inspiration.



Ever watched The City Of Lost Children??

If not, you should, here's a still from it;



http://www.horrortalk.com/reviews/COLC/COLC.htm
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Old Jun 16, 2009, 05:30 PM
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well their is a chap in India who has built several steam powered models but for scale inspiration take a look at the Avro biplane here http://www.geocities.jp/sachiekoyama...7/IMG_0863.JPG more images here and an amazing cauldron http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1062209 search for http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/pemberton_pb-31.php
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Old Jun 19, 2009, 05:36 PM
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that quadroplane is pretty outrageous

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Old Jul 02, 2009, 06:05 PM
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Further steaming ww1 inspiration/

Yup it was supposed to wait flying around an ariel block firing up at any intruding Zepplin a sort of flying AA fortress WW1 style............. did you find the Sage fighter equivalent? http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/sage-2.php or the Tarrant Tabor bomber http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/tarrant_tabor.php ..... truth is sometimes even more bonkers than fiction just don't ask me about steampunk style and flyingboats eh Ray? http://www.aviastar.org/air/italy/caproni_ca-60.php
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 10:52 AM
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It appears the steam-punk fly-in was cancelled. Saw an ad for it in one of the modeling magazines.
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 11:50 AM
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From a Dark-Roasted Blend blog article on big planes:










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Old May 13, 2010, 11:22 PM
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GPW's Martian Dart could easily be made the part of
a steampunk flyer.

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Old May 14, 2010, 01:48 PM
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I love "steampunk" stuff !!
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Old May 14, 2010, 01:52 PM
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Not exactly what you would consider Steampunk but I have been trying to find a larger drawing of the "flying fish" sketch found on the Yes albums from the 1970's. I think it would make a great park flyer although somewhat "fragile"...
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Old May 18, 2010, 05:37 AM
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Amazing review/build of Fiddler's Green Airship:
http://www.tinpaper.net/airship_6.html

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