This zeppelin now hangs in the steampunk bookstore Off the Beaten Path in Farmington, Michigan. Owner Salathiel Palland was very excited to see it fly the day before she opened her doors to the public! From tip to tail, this zeppelin is about 5 ft. long, and is constructed from papier mache, corrugated fiberboard and repurposed plastic pieces. Soon, I’ll post an edited video of the construction of this whimsical airship, so stay tuned!

Flying in the bookstore!

Placard for yours truly...

Adventure awaits!

Man the tiller!


Fly away!

The sky's the limit...



Man the tiller!

The Diabolus flies at World Steam Expo 2011


Detail painted Airship Kit

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  1. Doctor Q

    February 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Well done. I need one of these for my laboratory.

  2. Tom Harris

    April 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Steve: an amazing piece of work!

    • admin

      April 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks for the great comment!

  3. Goettee Michael

    January 26, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Over the last several months, I keep running into your work. I create miniature vintage vehicles and will likely be adding a hot air balloon into my western landscapes with carved elements. I respect your wish to keep your secrets if you’d prefer not to share, but do you make those NETS? I’m about to begin, basing them on old photos of the real ones. It’s one piece of tedium that I dread. I’d love to find something that works well for that without making one.

    • stephan

      January 26, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks for the comment and questions! I don’t mind telling you that I don’t make the nets. I had considered doing that and had even figured out how I would’ve done it. In the end, I decided that my time was better spent on other more creative aspects of the airships and I bought a piece of retired fishing net at a craft store instead.

      It actually works quite well, although there seems to only be one “square” size within the netting, so I can’t really scale up or down depending on the size of the airship. There are two different kinds of “rope” if you will, that they make this netting out of. One type looks like twisted little ropes that are knotted at the intersections to make the net holes and the other is actually woven or braided to make the “rope” and it splits and interweaves back and forth to make the net holes. I prefer the latter because it’s much more stable and even than the twisted rope type. Anyway, I use that netting for both my airships and my balloons.

      Hope that helps, and I’d love to see photos of whatever you do for your balloon and the rest of the scene!


    • admin

      January 28, 2017 at 9:01 am

      I have a question for you Michael. Is this you?