To beef up the design some, I built a cabin on the aft deck of the ship. This was based on a viking style longhouse. This gives the crew somewhere to go in a storm, or to cook, eat, or rest. I also added a stove pipe made from a capri sun straw and a bead.
Stormy skies have blown the sails right off of the Drake!
(It’s pretty windy, and the model got blown about a bit.)
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.