I would like to make a steampunk-style airship/zepplin for my baby's nursery?

I'm trying to create a modified steampunk nursery for my baby boy (let's call it "steampunk lite".) I would like to make a steampunk airship to hang from the ceiling, but I'm not sure how to start. I could buy a zepplin model kit, but I am hoping to get some ideas about how to modify it. Has anybody done anything like this or does anybody have any ideas? Thanks!

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Rahere7 years ago
Jacky Diffusion lighting, Chaussée d'Ixelles, Brussels Belgium stock a light fitment dirigible between two parallel power lines.
Google images/videos for Epcot, Dreamfinder.  it's perfect. Too bad you never saw that Kodak presentation, it was my favorite Epcot place (except maybe Danish Smorgasboard).

Here's one display shot:


Kilt Y8 years ago
how about using a metal frame with paper?
Burf8 years ago
I've never built one myself, but I remember one that was in the movie "The Golden Compass." I found a pic of it here:
It looks to me like you could start with a basic Goodyear blimp design and add the details.
pojojuniper (author)  Burf8 years ago
Thank you for responding to my question. I may get a snap-together model blimp then cover it with some kind of faux-leather and brass accents, rivets, etc. The other thing I thought of today, although it might be more complicated, would be to paper mache one of those long balloons and use that as the base. Does anybody have any thoughts on that?
orksecurity8 years ago
Zepplins and blimps are pretty steampunk even before you modify them. Going heavy on the brass and rivets might help reinforce that. One possible source for images of steampunk airships that you might want to steal details from: Phil Foglio's _Girl_Genius_ comics, which are set in a version of Europe where "mad science" works. There are some rather pretty airship images there, and I think there were even cutouts for an airship mobile in one of the "extras" pages on the website.
pojojuniper (author)  orksecurity8 years ago
Thank you very much for your response! I didn't really think anybody would answer. An airship mobile would be awesome, I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip.