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Aetherskiff "Hopper"
A steampunkish, armoured flying craft.
About this creation
Hi, thanks for taking the time to view my latest creation, the Aetherskiff!



The premise, is that of a small flying craft which uses two steam jets (cylindrical objects attached to the base) which use superheated steam to provide vertical thrust. An ordinary pusher propeller is used for forward motion. I have always wanted to use those trash cans in an MOC, but could never find a suitable application, until now. :)



I must say, I'm rather proud of the way it turned out, it went through numerous alterations before I settled on the form you see here. I took 'realism over playability' to the extreme here, and it is rather fragile. It looks great however, which was the whole point. :) It was a great challenge to make all the different parts work together as a whole, as the shape is rather unorthodox.



Now, due to the highly experimental nature of steam jets, the output from the thrusters tends to come in irregular bursts. This causes the craft to 'hop' around from place to place. This rather erratic flight characteristic caused pilots to affectionately nickname them "Hoppers".



In terms of weaponry, it is lightly armed, with two nose mounted rifles. (Feel free to use your imagination for the exact type, as I'm not very well versed in the intricacies of steampunk technology)



(I apologise for the blurry picture below, I was unable to use a tripod for the top photo)



To enter the craft, the heavily armoured side panels can open on each side, like so. (there's nothing like gull wing doors for style, aye?) The craft can be flown like this, for better visibility, if wished.



Here we have another view of the cockpit, complete with dual cup holders on the armrests! :) Notice the antique dials on the instrument panel. There are three gauges, one for each engine, left, right and center.



So there you go, my second foray into steampunk, I certainly enjoyed making it. Hope you enjoyed looking at it! If you're a fan of these kinds of detailed MOC's, you might like to check out my Aetherboard .

See ya



Comments

 I made it 
  August 22, 2010
Quoting Ced The Clever Hey man, just looking through some of your older stuff. You have a great eye for using obscure parts in new ways. Have anything planned for the near future? I'd love to see more.
Well, time is always a constraint unfortunately, and other activities take priority. I do have ideas planned, and no intention of stopping anytime soon! You can expect another build in a couple of months, if all goes well. :) Thanks for the comment, in any case.
 I like it 
  August 12, 2010
Hey man, just looking through some of your older stuff. You have a great eye for using obscure parts in new ways. Have anything planned for the near future? I'd love to see more.
 I like it 
  July 23, 2009
cool!, could you look at my stuff?
 I like it 
  June 20, 2009
Nice use of all those little detail bits.
 I made it 
  June 19, 2009
Quoting Enrique Shepard very cool stuff you have in your pages, exellent models!
Why thanks!
SC Diprose
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Tristan Amaya
  June 18, 2009
nice little thing you got here your goal for realism was succeded I love the cockpit
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
very cool stuff you have in your pages, exellent models!
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
Echoing the love for the cockpit. Great design.
 I made it 
  June 18, 2009
Quoting Fred Ottens Looking good but now that you described the way how it is flying i don't want fly in it !!
Aw, come on, it would be fun! ;) And it is a 'smooth' hopper.
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
Looking good but now that you described the way how it is flying i don't want fly in it !!
 I made it 
  June 18, 2009
Quoting Leo J Very cool! Now, I was curious about the name. I recently watched Castle In The Sky. While all the vehicles in the movie ran on steam, the castle ran on aetherium. Is that where you got the idea on the name?
While I have watched sections of that movie, I forgot that aether is referred to in it. So no, that isn't where I got the name, although it was definitely one of the many influences on the design. I actually found the word through a latin word search, and thought "wow, this sounds cool, and is relevant!" So it's a coincidence. :)
 I made it 
  June 18, 2009
Quoting D. Techno Wow, very cool. It's extremely unique, maybe though you could explain the name. Maybe return comments also.
Many thanks! I did explain the nickname part in the description. As for where I got the name Aetherskiff, I wanted some continuity with my other steampunkish creation, the Aetherboard. (I chose the word skiff, meaning a small craft) Not exactly sure what you mean about 'returning comments'. I just happen to have been logged out for 12 hours, so only saw these comments now. Or, if you mean in a wider sense, I have commented on over 90 creations, yet have only recieved about 50... apologies if I took your comment the wrong way! :)
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
Very cool! Now, I was curious about the name. I recently watched Castle In The Sky. While all the vehicles in the movie ran on steam, the castle ran on aetherium. Is that where you got the idea on the name?
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
Wow, very cool. It's extremely unique, maybe though you could explain the name. Maybe return comments also.
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
Small, yet packed full of detail. It's hard to do that. G'job.
 I made it 
  June 18, 2009
Thanks for the compliment!
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
Neat little skiff! The cockpit is ingenious.
 
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