Introducing the Iron Cloud Mk5! This time the build-off challenge was to use Lego "planets" as airbags for a Steampunk themed airship. This MOC started with the individual engine details, then a frame for the airbags and finally a boat hull, wagon wheels and weapons. I started to use Technic beams for the frame around the planets but discovered bricks worked just as good and looked better.
The Iron Cloud follows the Classic Steampunk look while the competition was more Fantasy Steampunk.
Comments are welcome and thanks for looking at my latest MOC!
About this creation
Top right side view. Iron, brass and several types of wood were used to make the Iron Cloud a state-of-the-art airship.
Top left side view. 3 airbags made from a bullet and blade resistant canvas invented by Professor Norton P. Kevlar. In addition, steel chains provide stability.
Side view. This view provides the best detail of the iron works frame with a "ram-spear" offensive option. Also shows off the tri-cycle wagon wheel landing gear.
Front view. The 3 engine design proved to be best for speed, maneuverability and weight.
Aft view. This view shows off the specially designed propeller blades made of Titanium and Brass metals for light weight and corrosion resistance.
Front and Pilot section detail. Pilot has similar levers as Engineer and 1 gauge for steam levels. Weapons include 2 .50 cal Vickers machine guns (2 ammunition drums each) and 2 Thompson light machine guns.
Aft and Engineer section detail. Tail rudder provides additional turning capabilities. Port side (left) includes 1 wood chest with tools & equipment, and starboard side (right) includes 1 wood chest with pistols & cutlass'.
Engineer section detail. Levers and gauges for controlling engine speed & RPM, steam mass & temperature and boiler levels.
Side view detail. 2 barrels weights on each side provide balance. Weights can be "cut-off" for increased lift for a rapid escape (axes provided).
"Bat Sonar" detail. Thats right, Engineers were able to utilize a bat's sonar to track enemy airships!
these planets are better as wheels, as they 'bestspin' lol, ok, seriously, quite extreme in detail per inch, oufff, it s intricate to say the least, the scaphander had me laughing, it must be hot in there, lol, quite original piece, all the working functions are amazing!
This really is a superb example of classic steampunk with excellent attention to detail. The use of the three planets as balloons distinguishes the model, but it's the balance of traditional and industrial features that makes it for me.