This started as a bit of an art exercise, I tend to find something then it tells me what it wants to be and I make it the base and then just add bits to it untill it feels right.
Have made a full time living that way for the last 16 years.
Now the other night surfing the web I came across Diarment Creations by Rafa Maya, I think it may have been a link in this forum any way he builds stuff out of card and then paints it to look like old steel.
1 of his creations was a fish Steampunked and I decided to build 0ne, my style, now this is not how I would normally do things as I said.
So with the amount of stuff in my shed there should be a chance to find the right stuff so after a few drawings I came up with the idea of a submarine that looked like the Fish.
Now a steam powered submarine would not work cause as soon as you went under water no air, pile of water down the smoke stack and out goes the fire !
So stay with me with this a steam boiler is under pressure but to top up you have a small very powerfull pump to push water into the boiler so why not have a large air container under pressure this feeds 2 small boilers with air you are a sub so there is plenty of water, 1 boiler runs the sub and prop and the other runs a exhaust pressure container so that it is possible to exhaust your flue a small amount at a time at ll times through a 1 way valve....sort of...
So to start this build I pulled out 1 of my expansion things from an old fridge it's about 9in long and 2in wide and domed at both ends...1 air tank..
Started adding bits -big cog from a clock - drive shaft, length of brass tube with a cage cog to drive the big cog and some other bits from the fridge stuff box.
Before long I added some fish shaped rails across the top for the spine and then it went a bit haywire...I looked at the first of the many layers on the art work and decided to make the eyes port holes so you could see out, so behind them I needed a cabin...Now I have a Ship Model...........................up here in the house I have had for many years some small scale people I came up found 1 that was sitting down ....and the little bugger fitted spot on.
So I present my 1/24 scale 1 Man Submarine Model.
Now it was starting to get out of control so as you can see I got some old brass heating vents the other day on the bay so one was heated and folded to give it a good solid heavy base.
Next time you see him he will be given a spray with matt black and then a fine spray with copper paint.
Next the pattern for the cab
Cab installed and size test
And the last bit is the first part of the fish.
So that was this afternoon's effort.
I plan to mount 2 SPAT's.
That's 2 Steam Pressured Air Torpedo's with the tubes as the eyes as the driver will have a pocket watch window to see all.