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Type 01 'Uberkopter' Airship
The year is 1710: The Germans have developed Steam Power, and have created the first war machines to utilize it. Following the success of the hot air balloon in 1690, and the development of Steam Power, comes the Uberkopter: The world's first steam powered airship.
About this creation
Luckily for the rest of the world however, it's a failure. The machine is capable of powered flight, is relatively speedy, and carries a hefty cannon with a nicely sized firing arc. The one thing that was left out, was the concept of stability. The new pilots are unable to handle their machines, as they are rather ungainly. Within a month, three of original production run of six are lost to piloting. The next, to the failing of a single propeller, dropping it into the sea. The last two are retired before any more pilots can be lost. The Luftkappe has since had to not only apologize to the families of the pilots, but to one Heinrich Von Austerlitz for destroying his garden and the killing of one lawn gnome. The gnome's burial was actually a very touching ceremony.

Despite it's failure, future Autogyros gain valuable information from the catastrophes.
For example, the power increase system will not be modeled after that of a balloon, but will be a new system known as the throttle.
Rule #1: Keep controls simple, so pilots don't get distracted and crash. It's bad.

The gyros will not lean forward so as to increase speed. A second set will be added at the rear to allow for forward movement.
This usually caused it to tip over, and dump the unfortunate pilot into the autogyros. Hilarity ensued as the blades were not strong enough to shred him, but were strong enough to break the skin and clothing.

The boiler systems will not depend on complex sets of tubings to bring power to the engines. Instead, a wiring system will be used. Along with tubes, for aesthetic effect.
No matter how many times I restate this, style points are important.

An interesting feature of the Uberkopter is it's power delivery system. The tubes insulate electrical wiring, which delivers power to the batteries shown here. The batteries are used to keep the motors turning. However, the batteries have a very small charge capacity, and require a constant flow of power. Thus, the boiler is constantly working. Many believe the fourth 'kopter's boiler exploded from such constant use.
And proceeded to shred the unfortunate pilot and the support structures.

A second set of batteries is stored at the front, to aid in power storage. Again, this doesn't really help.
The batteries are still a mystery.

The pilot shown here is a member of the then newly formed 'Luftkappe', or 'Air Helmets'. They were referred to as such because of the heavy protective helmets they wore. Nowadays, the helmets have been done away with and the name seems quite silly.
They're considering renaming it the 'Luftschiff Kraft, but that doesn't flow off the tongue as well.

The rotary cannon mounted below the 'kopter is capable of rotating in a 180 degree arc, but can only stop at 10 degree intervals. While 18 firepoints is still quite a few, this made hitting targets awkward and difficult. Thus, the issues of clockwork came to the fore...
It was later fixed when they made more grooves in the cogs. Simple as that.

It should also be noted that, in a bizarre crossover universe the author has yet to come up with an explanation for, the Uberkopter is not only more successful, but serves as a spotter for Frogpunk Knights.
This was really to prove it's still around.


Fourth Wall: I tried being serious with this one, I really did... I just can't do it anymore!

Thanks for stopping by, and leave me a comment if you can!



Comments

 I like it 
  April 15, 2010
Really making use of the bronze plate? Looks great!
 I like it 
  April 15, 2010
Great concept. Any plans to put a turning shaft in the axis, and hand-crank the rotors? Bronze plate use is also quite cool, especially on the mech. Brickbuildergereingerungen uber alles! -Huss Q.
 I like it 
  April 15, 2010
Great concept. Any plans to put a turning shaft in the axis, and hand-crank the rotors? Bronze plate use is also quite cool, especially on the mech. Brickbuildergereingerungen uber alles! -Huss Q.
 I like it 
  April 15, 2010
Great concept. Any plans to put a turning shaft in the axis, and hand-crank the rotors? Bronze plate use is also quite cool, especially on the mech. Brickbuildergereingerungen uber alles! -Huss Q.
 I like it 
  April 15, 2010
Great concept. Any plans to put a turning shaft in the axis, and hand-crank the rotors? Bronze plate use is also quite cool, especially on the mech. Brickbuildergereingerungen uber alles! -Huss Q.
 I made it 
  April 13, 2010
Thank you, I'm glad you agree! As I've said many times before, that bronze plate is my favorite piece, apart from the frog, now.
 I like it 
  April 13, 2010
That kopter is indeed ber! Nice work! Lovely bronze!
 I made it 
  April 12, 2010
Thanks, I'm stil amazed the Frogpunk mech survived.
 I like it 
  April 12, 2010
I like it, and the shot of it next to the Frog Punk was cool.
 I made it 
  April 11, 2010
What you see here is my entire horde. To be honest, it's pretty strange that there are two MOCs using the piece. I usually scap whatever my previous one was for parts as soon as I start on the next.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2010
How many of those bronze plates do you have?
 I made it 
  April 11, 2010
@John: It took a little longer to come up with my explain-away-the-problems backstory. @Waffles: Yes. They're just so bloody useful. This originally didn't have one, but it just fit. Same with the Guilded Lobster.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2010
So this is what it looks like when the pictures are right-ways-up.... Cool
 I like it 
  April 11, 2010
Awesome, I love the ide for this thing. Tell me something though, are you obsessed with using those bronze plates? ~Waff
 
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