Re-posting this for the fun of it.
A quick Tutorial on how I make flags and banners.
1. The raw material, sheet styrene. I use these for sale signs because I bought hundreds of them when a hardware store was going out of business. Most hobby shops should sell sheet styrene, but you pay hobby shop prices.
2. Sketch out what shape and design I want on the banner.
3. Cut the banner out of the sheet with a sharp x-acto.
4. Where the magic happens, heat the styrene up over an open flame and shape it to look like it’s blowing in the wind.
5. Paint it up!
Mine is a simple design, a red dragon on a yellow field, the sign of the Scarlet Drake. These will be finding a home on my airship.
Yesterday I built these flying rudders. The idea is that they normally act as sails, but when the ships wheel is turned, a set of pulleys and lines reels in one of the rudders, and the unbalanced wind on the other will turn the ship towards the retracted side. That’s the general idea at least, who knows if it would work (probably not) but it looks cool, so whatever. The booms are made from paint brushes and brass rings, and a model airplane hinge.
I also went back and colored the sails from white to off white, which I think looks better with the balloon than the pure white, which just didn’t look right to me.