I worked on this for quite a while and I gotta say, designing this wasn't a smooth process. The copious amounts of cheese were most certainly Bricklinked, thanks best site ever!
The main pic is 'flying' (fishing line) but the rest are taken with the landing gear down. I guess Steampunk doesn't really define this as much as 'alternate WWII history' would but it doesn't matter really.
The man in charge of sniping wears state of the art telescopic goggles (I was too lazy to build a good looking scope). The three man crew must all wear oxygen tanks to deal with the extreme altitudes the dirigible can attain. If attacked, the sniper rifle is of little use and the machine gunner must do his best to defend.
Amazed nobody else mentioned this but it looks like it belongs in the 2nd dance/fight scene in Sucker Punch. Also, if you have a highly ranked sniper (US Army snipers as example) you could probably hit your target pretty easily. Maersk Alabama incident for example, though those weren't the Army but it's an example of how good some snipers can be when on moving obstacles.
I love the way the gun is designed. That sniper idea really works. In that high altitude there's not much air to provide friction allowing the bullet to speed faster toward its target. Also gravity (In action as it should, will and always be) helps the bullet fall. Not be all technical here, but all of those factors result in an instant kill of the target. This really proves the efficency of this craft as long as its fast enough to get to the target and get out of the area even faster. All in all this ship is too good for words (Even though I have a whole paragraph up there).
Quoting Frank Chavez
great design and fantastically imaginative. However, I do have to wonder who your sniper would be sniping at from such a high altitude? Also it wouldn't be a very practical way for a sniper to operate. I mean a three man crew kind of defeats the purpose of a sniper. Great moc nonetheless.
Thanks Frank! I never had something that would take pinpoint accuracy such as assassinations in mind: more like wrecking enemy vehicles. I'm not sure why a three man crew defeats the purpose of a sniper though: one pilots and the other mans the machine gun while the sniper snipes. Anyway, it's meant to outlandish so I can only support its functionality so far. :)
It's a great design and fantastically imaginative. However, I do have to wonder who your sniper would be sniping at from such a high altitude? Also it wouldn't be a very practical way for a sniper to operate. I mean a three man crew kind of defeats the purpose of a sniper. Great moc nonetheless.