Whimsical Airship

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Whimsical Airship

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0.16mm layer, 2 walls, 15% infill
0.16mm layer, 2 walls, 15% infill
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Description

This is a fun model to print that will be at home in any office or study. It is meant to hang by two points from the top, but I will probably make some sort of stand for it in the future.

 

I didn’t get time to get quite everything I wanted in to this one so it might get a future update to motorize the propeller and a proper stand, and perhaps I will make a version that is more of a toy and less of a model – this version is fairly delicate and is more meant to be displayed than played with.

 

Printing:

There are a lot of small details in this model – I recommend 0.16 or 0.12 mm layer height, but if you have to 0.2mm will work.

The only part that needs support is the middle section of the balloon. Support it from buildplate only around the perimeter and block the supports for the middle pegs.

My print profile is set up to optimally orient everything and with the few color pieces already done.

I used the Textured PEI prints for everything but the fins and blades, but whatever buildplate you choose should work.

You will need to print the following parts:

  • Main balloon
    • Balloon parts (all 3)
    • 2x small hoops
    • 2x large hoops
    • Fin ring
    • 6x longitudinal
    • 4x connecting pins
    • 2x fins
  • Other components
    • Boat
    • Prop mount
    • Prop clip
    • Blade hub
    • 5x blades
    • 2x rope

 

Assembly:

All parts are meant to snap together.

 

To assemble the balloon:

 

  1. Start with the front end of the balloon and snap the small hoop over the front, lining up the notches in top and bottom of the hoop and the balloon piece. Fit the larger hoop into place, lining its notches up as well. Note that there is a correct orientation for each hoop that matches the curvature of the balloon. If you can't get it to fit, try flipping it around.
  2. Insert 2 body pins into the balloon piece
  3. Do the same for the rear balloon piece
  4. Both parts should look like this:
  5. Assemble both pieces together with the central balloon piece. Make sure that the brackets on the middle two hoops are aligned to each other (if they aren't flip front or back 180°).
  6. Hook the front piece of each of longitudinals onto the outer surface and snap into place on the hoops.
  7. Slide the rear hoop piece over the tails of each of the longitudinals, making sure that the notches where the fins attach are pointing out. This will be a snug fit to ensure the whole thing stays together.
  8. Insert the fins into their slots at the back.

 

To assemble the rest:

  1. Carefully insert the blades into each of the slots on the blade hub/propeller.
  2. Connect it with the prop pin into the hub/motor that gets connected at the rear of the boat.
  3. Insert the ropes into the side of the boat and bend over the tails to form affix
  4. Similarly, insert the other end of the rope part into the balloon brackets and bend over to form a semi-permanent connection
  5. Clip the blade/propeller assembly onto the back of the boat.

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I saw this one on the front page and instantly had to print it! I did find the assembly a bit difficult. The balloon took quite a bit of convincing to fit "just right." Not sure if it's inherent in the tight design tolerances, variations in printers, or just my old trembly hands. Once it all came together, it looked great! I would recommend dry fitting everything BEFORE applying any glue. A possible enhancement to the files might be some orientation markers to make the parts align easier. You DO have to be careful about how you assemble the parts to ensure the gondola hooks and hanging hooks are in the right place. The hardest part to assemble was the frame for the tail fins. A small jeweler's file helped quite a bit. The slots were the perfect size for my flat file. A few passes in each slot and I was able to tightly attach the frame. Again, be mindful of the orientation! The holes for the fins have to be to the rear. Another reason to dry fit before gluing. Someone who has the patience, skill, or experience with rigging old-style sailing ships might be able to rig the gondola with some real "rope" for that extra pop of realism. ;-) All in all, it was certainly a fun print and looks great! Can't wait to choose a spot to hang it with some fine monofilament line. AND, if I do up another one, maybe rig the prop with an Arduino and a small motor. That'll look way cool, hehe.
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Thanks for the detailed write-up and pictures. I'll be sure to incorporate your feedback if/when I do an update to this one. The motorized propeller is something I thought would be really cool too. :)
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Great model, I really enjoyed printing and assembling this one. My wife asked me to print her out a steampunk zeppelin and this appeared to be just what she was looking for. Didn't have a great spot to hang it without the cats seeing it as a toy so I made small slim stand that holds the airship without being obstructive. everything printed great, fit together perfectly and final product looks fantastic!
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Easily one of my favorite prints ever. I will be doing this several more times. I recommend setting the infill of the balloon much lighter, it seems to be much more dense than needed and add a layer to the ropes. Love it!
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Wunderschönes Modell ! Alle Teile passen perfekt zusammen
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