I love LEGO and I love airships, so what else could I do but to make a Lego airship!
When designing this with MLCAD, I first tried to make the envelope of plates and tiles, but wasn't satisfied with the results, besides it would make the model very heavy and expensive. So I decided to make the envelope of cut paperboard:
And I think non-Lego solution actually makes sense, considering how the envelope of real airships is sort of fabric. And thinking how the sails in Lego tall ships are usually made of canvas. We don't usually see them made of plates & tiles right?
The airship is easy to handle and move around:
Very good swoosh-factor, even though airships aren't supposed to be very speedy...
Made some minifigs to match this old-style means of travel:
The gondola has two doors and two opening wall sections, allowing you to access interior:
UPDATE: Click this to watch the video of her flying!
Would you like your minifigs to enjoy such a majestic ride? Well you can make it happen, since the airship is one of my projects on CUUSOO!
See MORE pictures (direct links to my Flickr images) and more information in the actual CUUSOO project!
The whole thing is easily modifiable.
For example, the gondola is attached via three Technic pins and one can build almost any kind of gondola and connect it on the bottom of the envelope.
The paperboard is placed between studs of 1/2 Technic pins and 1x1 round tiles. One can replace those parts with many others, like plates or long Technic pins, allowing all kinds of add-ons on the envelope (imagine observation platforms or even weapons ).
In addition, the final product could come with templates of some sort making it easy for anyone to make their own envelope sheets of whatever color and with whatever decals/graphics.
I think one obvious customization would be turning this into steampunk!
P.S. If you really like this, please help me to spread the word!
Edited by Ssorg, 18 June 2012 - 12:04 AM.