Saturday, 27 April 2019

American Civil War Observation Balloon (pt2)

So, the Bamboo stick worked but wasn´t quite what I had in mind, it didn´t have that air of feasabilty so....
Using three Strands of  Florist wire.
The winch was made with bits of CD casing, a thick bit of sprue and Florist wire for the handles.
The strand of Florist wire going to the basket is attached to the winch with a hole in the sprue. 
The other two wires are attached directly to holes in the base  next to the Posts. The tied off rope created with bits of Florist wire. 
The balloon sits a bit lower than with the Bamboo stick but, even though it´s not accurate in the way the actual Balloons were let up and pulled down,  the end effect is slightly more believable. 


  1. It does look better Paul, nice job again!

  2. This is a real masterpiece!!Excellent work Paul...

  3. You got there in the end Paul and well worth the effort as the effect looks perfect.

  4. Brilliant! Really clever solution, well done Sir.

  5. Looking good. A million years ago I remember reading a project using Airfix Bods for a similar model. Was it your muse perhaps?

    1. Thanks. I made an Observation balloon a Long Long time back...a papier mache Version stuck onto a metal rod taken from a coat hanger. I seem to remember something in either an Airfix or Military modelling about creating one but I can´t say for sure. TBH, the idea just came into my head...maybe after seeing one in the Background of a ACW painting or the like but not really consciously noticing.

  6. Awesome stuff. Certainly looks better than the previous verson.