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    Default A Balloon is being filled with some gaseous paper...

    As I'm going to take to the air in one of our Over the Trenches mission created by Andrzej (Nightbomber) and a Entente balloon is needed, I decided to make one.

    With the nice help of Dave (Clipper) on correct measurements I start making the paper moulds for the Balloon:



    Will it work? We'll see very soon.
    After the moulds were created, I cut the numerous parts in cardboard from a pizza package. I love pizza and I love cardboard.



    And after cutting and cutting and cutting and cursed myself several time in wanting to build two balloons at the same time, I finally was able to put some glue around:



    Now the supports that will give the correct shape are done and I must start the other side of the central part of the balloons.



    Can someone please explain me how can Clipper do 10 at the same time?

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    Very nice work,nobody knows how he really does it.I think it's the elves or the chocolate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Knight View Post
    Very nice work,nobody knows how he really does it.I think it's the elves or the chocolate...
    Chuck! I want to hire those elves, or get some of that chocolate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    With the nice help of Dave (Clipper) on correct measurements I start making the paper moulds for the Balloon:

    Can someone please explain me how can Clipper do 10 at the same time?
    Simples!

    ELVES.

    Rob.

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    No, No, No ---- I didn't believe Joauqim is going to built a balloon on his own! With paper! This is amazing! Hommage, my Friend! What a brave enterprise Good luck!

    Andrzej.

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    Thanks, Andrzej!

    Where can I find those elves, Rob?

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    I think I need some fey folk too!

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    When finished please show us the results.

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    Quim, do not make a permanent cockade marking on the balloon. You will need it in different missions

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    Quote Originally Posted by john snelling View Post
    When finished please show us the results.
    I sure will, John!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightbomber View Post
    Quim, do not make a permanent cockade marking on the balloon. You will need it in different missions
    I'm going to make two. One British and one German. What do you think about it?

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    I think Clipper has a heir.

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    Nice project, Joaquim!

    Can't wait for the first pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightbomber View Post
    I think Clipper has a heir.
    I don't have the skill nor the stamina that Clipper has, Andrzej.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marechallannes View Post
    Nice project, Joaquim!

    Can't wait for the first pictures.
    There's a pilot's portrait almost finished, my friend.

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    amazing i cant wait to see maybe you should rent out the rubber room next to clippers you guys can talk through the vents to each other

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    I wanna see more! Now!

    Seriously, this looks quite promising and I'm seriously looking forward... to see the elves do the work!


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    wait! there are vents there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    Thanks, Andrzej!

    Where can I find those elves, Rob?
    Try an Elf Spar.
    You need a very bad English accent to get that one.
    There may be some hanging around the Elf food shop as well.
    Rob.

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    Quim looks like a good start and as with the others can't wait to see the finished produce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post

    Can someone please explain me how can Clipper do 10 at the same time?
    A look inside Clipper's workshop:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PAdQ5anhZE .

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    Funny, I visited his workshop yesterday and had the good fortune to bring my video camera with me.
    Here's the result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ-Iu1tuls0

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    Well, after so many cuts and forms I was able to finish the central body of the Balloon:



    It looked like a strange larvae of some Scifi movie. I then proceed to use a very soft paper to add the fabric:





    I've finally wrapped the skeleton around with the fabric and put a pin to support the balloon in the stand:



    The tissue looks wet because it is wetish. It hasn't stopped raining today and the glue takes ages to dry. I finally gave another glue layer to strengthen the tissue paper and to make it become rigid:



    But we'll have to wait until it dries completely to proceed to the fins.

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    Excellent job. Perfect. Can't wait to see the final result.

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    Looks great mate, I like the structure you built to create the form. One thing that occurs to me is that using a soft paper will leave ridges where the card forms are, which may look a bit strange for a gasbag. Would it be worth using a more rigid or stiffer paper to minimise the ridges?

    Please don't take that as a criticism, you have done 100% more balloon than I have gotten around to doing

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    It looked like a strange larvae of some Scifi movie.
    Dont suppose you were able to get Sigourney Weaver over to help out with that.

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    Looks like a BABY-ZEPPELIN!





    ...please ignore me, Joaquim.

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    Awesome work!

    Crysagon

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    Quote Originally Posted by gully_raker View Post
    Dont suppose you were able to get Sigourney Weaver over to help out with that.
    That would be far better than elves!

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat of Vengence View Post
    That would be far better than elves!

    Dave
    That all depends on the elves you had in mind.
    Rob.Click image for larger version. 

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    <Obi-Wan Kenobi>These are not the elves you are looking for!</Obi-Wan Kenobi>

    @Joachim: would you consider "publishing" the plans for the paper moulds? I'd be interested!


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    Quote Originally Posted by petitbilbo View Post
    <Obi-Wan Kenobi>These are not the elves you are looking for!</Obi-Wan Kenobi>

    @Joachim: would you consider "publishing" the plans for the paper moulds? I'd be interested!

    Of course! I'll do it as soon as I made the balloons to see if all fits well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    That all depends on the elves you had in mind.
    Rob.Click image for larger version. 

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    Everything good about these elfies except the ears. I'd prefer them a little smaller...

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    So here's more progress on the balloons.

    The skeleton of one of the fins being glued:



    Another view of half the fins:



    The two balloons before the 3 layers of wood glue. I use Pattex Wood Glue:



    All cardboard pieces cut:



    Next step. Putting all together!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    Everything good about these elfies except the ears. I'd prefer them a little smaller...
    Ears?

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    Looks good,keep us posted.

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    Coming along very well. The Elves obviously did not distract you too much despite their big ears.
    Rob.

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    I continue to be impressed!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skullduggery View Post
    Ears?
    You are no the only one! I did not notice the ears either. I must stop now!

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    What a project, Joaquim...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marechallannes View Post
    What a project, Joaquim...

    Just to play my balloon mission.

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    Ah, but now you can play more . . .
    Clipper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    That all depends on the elves you had in mind.
    Rob.Click image for larger version. 

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    God! I hope there were no Ferengi around. You know how they feel about Ears & those Elves have very sexy ears. Oh & other attributes as well.

    Thinks: "Two Elves at hand is much better than Sigorny Weaver in a movie!"

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    Your balloons look amazing Joaquim - can't wait to see them finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gully_raker View Post
    :eek: God! I hope there were no Ferengi around. You know how they feel about Ears & those Elves have very sexy ears.:cheezy: Oh & other attributes as well.;)
    " o/~ Just glue some ears on it, and call it Elfpunk/ That's the trendy fashion nowadays.... o/~ " >;)

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    Ears completed.



    First stage of gluing the fins:



    Second stage:



    Last stage before giving the last paper cover to them:



    I like the shape. Today I'll finish the balloon and I will paint it, so that tomorrow I can finally play the 5th mission. And tomorrow is the last day!

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    And now the skin finished.



    It will need one more coat of white glue.



    Then a coat of brown and white glue mixed.



    Then finally the final painting.



    Will I be able to finish it tomorrow?

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    Looking AWESOME! Bowie will give you time . . .
    Clipper

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    Fantastic mate

    Dave

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