This started out as a steampunk version of the Classic Space 918 One-Man Spaceship, but then I got enthusiastic with the steampunkery.
The ultimate origins of this model are in my attempt to build a steampunk version of the big 928 Space Cruiser and Moonbase set, but after two aborted tries convinced me that that level of SNOT work was a lot more complex and difficult than I had anticipated, I decided that perhaps the thing to do was to hone my skills on something smaller.
In the course of modifying the design to make it more steampunky, I may have got a little carried away, so that the Classic Space origins of the craft are no longer immediately obvious. Most of this stems from my decision to make it a biplane, but the locomotive-like steam boiler in front doesn’t help either. I also darkened the colours from the Classic Space legacy blue and old grey to earth blue and dark stone grey in order to give it a smokier, less clean-and-shining feel, and made liberal use of metallic gold brasswork, though it still has its proper trans yellow windows.
Still, for all that it’s a pretty nice little steampunk spaceship, and you might be able to see echoes of the original. It has a propeller engine instead of a rocket for flying through the aether, a smokestack where the tail fin used to be, miscellaneous brass gears and a coal bunker around the engine section, and retractable (though sadly not properly stowable) undercarriage. As a first for me, this model incorporates six-directional building in a single structural section (the wing/boilerplate).
I’m particularly pleased with the interior of the cab, with its firebox, coal bunker, steam gauges and cup of tea for the aethernaut pilot.