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Thread: Official Balloons, Blimps, Zeppelins and other Gasbags Painting Thread

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    Great painting on that balloon.

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    Another excellent balloon! The extras on the basket are a nice touch.

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    Great balloon and basket Chris. Always having to raise the game huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Great balloon and basket Chris. Always having to raise the game huh?
    I may need to retire from balloons, who knows what you'll dream up next
    Thanks for the compliments, all!

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    That's really AWESOME!!!

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    Worth a rep point in anyone's money, Chris

    Edit: Rep gun jammed!
    Last edited by Guntruck; 05-12-2022 at 23:11.
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post

    Edit: Rep gun jammed!
    Mine isn't (for once!)


    Beautiful balloon, Chris!
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Certainly a work of model-building art!

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    LZ-77, LZ-107 Duren, Germany, Hauptmann Erich Sommerfeldt, ObLtn Reinstrom
    Takom 1:350 Q-class model kit, profile and decals from the kit.
    On 16 February 1917, LZ-107 attacked Boulogne, the last successful raid by an army airship.

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    I think it’s been over 50 years since I built a model kit and even then I just slapped them together. This kit requires some expertise but that’s mostly due to the photo etch which I replaced with polystyrene rod and angle ‘L’ in the interest of durability and ease of construction. This means the outrigging is out of scale, but I like the result. I substituted spinny props for the engines. It’s durable but the front gondola snapped off when it fell from the painting stand, so it’s already battle-tested.

    Fuselage: assembled, filled seams with sprue-goo and sanded. Primed in Krylon Aluminum then Rust-oleum khaki and sanded and sanded and sanded.
    Green: 2:1 mix of Vallejo model color Cam. Olive Green and German Cam. Dark Green.
    Red: 1:1 mix of Vallejo model color Hull Red and vmc Saddle Brown, but vmc Black Red would also work.
    Cream: unknown mix of Vallejo model colors Pale Sand, Dark Sand and Deck Tan to desaturate.
    Wash/Glaze: highly diluted 2:1 mix of Army Painter Soft Tone and Light Tone in several layers.
    Edge highlights: Vallejo model color Deck Tan.
    Struts: AK Interactive 3rd Gen Warm Grey.
    Gondolas: 2:1 mix of AK Interactive 3rd Gen Warm Grey and Vallejo Model Air Steel, Vallejo Xpress Color Copper Brown exhausts, windows shaded with Nuln Oil.
    Engines/Guns: Secret Weapon Miniatures Dark Iron.

    2” x 20” x ¼” homemade plexiglass base: image adapted from Files, attached full sheet labels sealed with many layers of Mod-Podge. I guess the wrinkle is a ridge they’re flying over

    I’m rewriting some rules I hope will simplify and clarify play just a bit. Using the Zeppelin Compass Template for movement.

    It will be stored in a linen/plastic under-the-bed 22.3"x12"x5.7" shoe storage container with foam supports.
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    Chris you have done an amazing job on that Zeppelin

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    Wow, I seem to have missed huge chunks of this thread. Such amazing work and really inspirational. I'll see if I can trace back and dish out some very deserved reps for some wonderful work guys. thanks for sharing

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    OUTSTANDING!!! WOW!!!

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    Truly magnificent!

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    It’s always brilliant when you go up against zeppelin

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    That's a work of art Chris.
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Fantastic job Chris. Now I see why you mentioned a Zeppelin game after hours at Origins.
    Last edited by Teaticket; 06-08-2023 at 16:37.

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    Thanks, all Happy to have this one in its giant hangar

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    That is an excellent job.

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    I'm pleased and honored to say this pair of drachen will be the grand prize in the Harry P. Materne III (Matt) Memorial tournament this year at Origins. I never knew Matt, but wish I could have.
    Many thanks to teaticket for the idea and to OldGuy59 for the balloon cards!

    The colors were meant to be flexible, using both as Entente or Central Powers, or as one of each.
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    AIM drachen, custom Litko stands, and a set screw and washer in the steering bag mouth for elevation. They're in a customized Burning Drachens box. Good luck to the players!

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    So very generous of your time & talents. Well done Chris

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    Fantastic!

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    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Thanks, guys.

    Tim, we're twins
    My Origins Tripods & Triplanes shirt
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    Super! It's not WWI aero if there are never balloons!

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    Excellent work!
    Voilą le soleil d'Austerlitz!

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    awesome work on the zep and gasbags chris!!!

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    Very impressive and also very generous.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Thanks! The balloons were getting nervous but were relieved to hear of Origins' no smoking policy.
    I'm not sure that will save them.

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