Steampunk Airship

Materials Used:

  • 1 medium sized halogen bulb
  • 5” square scrap of copper
  • Copper coloured craft wire
  • Small block of wood (for passenger cabin)
  • Metallic Paint

Tools Needed:

  • Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Tin Snips
  • Masking or Painters Tape
  • Small paint brush

To start, find airship shaped halogen bulb, for our model we used an old Philips 278622 used for lighting our library.

We started by using painters tape to partition the bulb in two parts so the back half could be painted with the metallic paint. After two coats we removed the tape and measured out lengths of copper wire to run horizontally across the ship (from bow to stern), attaching dabs of glue at both ends to secure the wiring. Once the horizontal lengths have dried, the vertical wire can be measured and cut, and applied with glue.

For the fins, we drew out a pattern of a scrap of cardboard and traced four fins onto a scrap piece of copper. We cut them out with tin snips, and affixed them to the back of the ship with two beads of hot glue. Finally we painted a small block for the passenger cabin and glued it to the bottom of our airship.