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Zeppelin Carrier by shelbs2 Zeppelin Carrier by shelbs2
eh wasnt completely satisfied with this one. HMS Gladius seems to eclipse everything XD

anyhow a possible WW1 flying carrier of the Zeppelin type. airwing of eight biplane fighters
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koopanique Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Looks very cool, but wouldn't it be too fragile to be sent near any frontline though ? With Zeppelins a bullet in the wrong place and everything explodes if I recall correctly (not an expert on zeppelins obviously)
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Not at all. Zeppelins were very difficult to bring down. Despite most people thinking of the Hindenburg going up in flames when they think of Zeppelins, they were filled with Helium (a non combustible, and non flammable gas) which gave them extra durability for long range missions and a natural 'armor' so to speak. Hydrogen on the other hand, is a very combustible and flammable gas when sparked. WW1 Zeppelins used Helium in several gas bags inside the main structure, and mostly went on reconnaissance and bombing raids. As anti-air weapons and munitions progressed during the war, they became easier to shoot down with things like incendiary munitions (burning the gas bag covers was easier than igniting them). After the war, there was a large Helium shortage worldwide (that continues to this day), which made Germany to use Hydrogen for the Hindenburg when it was made, hence the Hindenburg disaster and the damage to their reputation.
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Actually, World War I zeppelins did use hydrogen. The only helium available at the time came from natural-gas wells in the US, and since the US was isolationist early on in World Ward I (but heavily leaned toward siding with Britain and France) they could not export any to Germany.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2014
looks like its from an alternative reality where the hindenburg diaster never took place, so people still used zepplins insted of boycotting them like they (apperntly) did in this reality
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Warlord9 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Looks awesome.
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James-Polymer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
You're your own worst critic, you know. ;)
This piece is fantastic!
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
heh well thanks ^^'
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James-Polymer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
No problem ^^
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
its a really cool concept.
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
thanks ^^
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no probs
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LongshotCyclone Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student
lol nice this is epic
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
thanks ^^
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USOtaku013666 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
The US Made something of a similar concept in the 1930's

Unfotunately it was destroyed in an accident in 1934.
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
well, sorta. that would be the Acron and the Mancon. They used a trapeze method of launching and recovering the fighters though, not the flight deck like I've got on this one
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waddledoo9000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
that is one cool...umm..flying plane carrier??lol
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
lol that it is ^^
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leobracerstudios Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
I wonder how much of a game changer something like this would have been if it had actually been built in either the first or second world war.
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
eh, maybe WW1, WW2 unlikely

they'd need a steady supply of helium first of all. dont want a Hindenburg out of that
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omkr01 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Kirov Reporting!! LOL XD..
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
haha XD
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
hey i think they could work even today. they are really cool
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
lol yeah. i could see it. just gotta make sure its filled with helium and not hydrogen
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
lol yea we no like fire lol
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
lol yeah we dont need any more Hindenbergs XD
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
lol true
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jasterslegacy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Student
Seriously original (at least of all the airship variants I've ever seen!). This would be a cool unit to see in Red Alert or something :)
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
i actually based this one loosely off a 1930s or 40s concept. course that one wasnt armed and didnt carry Sopwith Pups XD

i really want to be able to get some of these designs working with some of my flight sims. i can make the models but getting em working programing wise is a different story. eh eventually i'll learn ^^
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jasterslegacy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Student
What flight sim? What kind of code does it use or what engine does it run under? If it's MS Flight Sim than it's probably a proprietary engine that I wouldn't know... If it uses something similar to Unreal than I may be able to help you out. I mod several video games so I have experience in these things.
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
um well, IL-2 Sturmovik is the one i use the most. but MS FSX would be the easiest to mod for i'd think. theres WAY more mods out for that one
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jasterslegacy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Student
Ok. I'm pretty sure that there are mod tools out there for IL-2 so it's definitely doable. That game probably has a much better engine than MS FSX anyway.
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
yep it is doable. but actually FSX would be the easiest place to start when it comes to modding. WAY more stuff availible for that
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Airfliyer Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is one of your designs shelbs2?
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
um i based the design loosely off a 1930s or 40s design for a flying airfield. but yes, the image here is my own. i used Rhino 4.0 for the model itself and Bryce 6.1 for the textures and background
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Airfliyer Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool I :+fav:ed it
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
cool. lol it still doesnt look as good as the HMS Gladius did XD
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DEM98 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Visit my profile and see the "Webcam" widget's picture. It's very similar to this, was it the inspiration?
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
heh yeah that was it ^^
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o-Scythe-o Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
just amazing, man .D
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
lol thanks ^^
still think the other one looks WAY better though XD
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the props look a touch too big for it. Maybe if you went for a scaled-up version the Akron or Macon flying aircraft carriers and a monoplane descendant of their scout fighters or some flavor of early attack aircraft...

Parasite Fighters (should be a good source of ideas, not to mention that it has clear drawings and photographs):
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