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Maets

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Aug 12 15 5:10 PM

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Already posted the finished picture for this piece.  Here are some pictures as it was created.

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Hull is welded steel made from a fire extinguisher, some bar, some channel and some flat plate.
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Maets

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Aug 12 15 5:22 PM

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Basically finished.  Before being sprayed with a clear coat.

Thanks for checking it out.  Let me know if you want to see WIP pics for other airships.

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Guba

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Aug 13 15 6:56 PM

The build pictures really put things to scale, if you can say that. They give a good idea of the size. How much does one of your models weigh?

Maybe you can provide some details of your welding procedures? Oxy-acetylene brazing?

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Maets

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Aug 14 15 5:49 AM

Thanks.  They weigh between 40 and 50 pounds.  Not too bad.  Easy enough to  hang them.

I use a plasma torch for cutting.
Most of the welding is done with a MIG welder.  I have to MIGs, one with steel wire and another with silicone bronze wire.  The bronze wire allows me to weld steel to brass, steel to copper, copper to brass and in this build steel to aluminum.
I also work with an oxy/ace torch.
I use a propane torch for a little bit of soldering.

Happy to answer any questions.

Thanks.

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Guba

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Aug 14 15 6:06 PM

I have yet to use a plasma torch. I've heard nothing but good things about them.

40-50 lbs is a little heavier than I thought. It sure won't blow over in a wind LOL.

I picked up a book, Model Building with Brass, by Kenneth C Foran. ISBN # 978-0-7643-4004-8 He gives a lot of tips for working with brass. It's a book that will stay in my library.  So far my experience with brass is only photo-etch models, but at least I can say that mine are all welded and no super glue.

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lta

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Aug 15 15 9:19 PM

Wow that's great. I'm with Guba, wouldnt have thought that it would weigh that much. So describe this Steam Punk design. It's such a unique style. I have noticed they use a lot of brass.

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Maets

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Aug 18 15 4:04 AM

Steampunk does use a lot of brass as it basically looks at how thing where in 1900 and projects them into the future.  Brass was a very common metal in use then.  Brass and copper are such warm metals.

I really like to use a mixture of metals.  I don't paint anything.  Some pieces still have original paint on them, everything else is natural metal color.

I like to think I am channeling Jules Verne with my designs.

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Aug 18 15 9:44 PM

I can see Jules Verne in your models, and I'm a Jules Verne fan.

For not painting them, you sure have some nice color combo's going on. Are they clear coated? Some pictures look like they are....

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Maets

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Aug 19 15 4:58 PM

Thanks!

The last step is a clear coat, actually multiple coats of lacquer.  The WIP pics are as they were before coating.  See the finished pictures in another thread for what they look like with the clear coat.

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