ye Possibilities be a-Vast!
but the Dollmaker's favorite Ship Shape - for sheer style and Adorable Proportions would be
the so-called "Round Ship" of the Middle Ages
(a smart medieval Sailing Ship- not at all powered by bunches of men with oars!)
The Dollmaker would also be inclined towards considering
those elaborate behemoths known as
...naturally, she had no clue how to build any kind of Ship...
Research would be Required
to build a proper Airship!
"Seas the Day!"
(the Dollmaker is learning nautical expressions...)
...so the Dollmaker's earliest impressions of both Galleons and Airships
were most certainly derived from the animated Disney Classic:
Captain Hook's Pirate Ship, the Jolly Roger, in the Peter Pan adventure
is eventually captured by Peter at the end of the tale
whereupon, with the help of a little Pixie Dust
he is able to sail Wendy and her brothers home, through the sky, back to their upstairs window in London.
(Here's a scene from onboard the Jolly Roger...)
So, the Jolly Roger was the Dollmaker's First Galleon!
Here's the scene in Peter Pan at the end of the movie, where the ship sails off into the night:
Other influential Ships in the same genre:
Besides the Mayflower (pilgrims) and the Santa Maria (Columbus)
there would be the Black Pearl of Pirates of the Caribbean fame to consider
and of course the legendary Ghost Ship
the Flying Dutchman...
But for the Dollmaker, the most Influential Airships would come from Illustrations by
James Christensen really added the Magic that makes the Airship idea so compelling..
as did Gerard Collas with his colorful Assemblages:
Well, there are a lot of ways to build a Ship...
and there is.. "ship-speak"...
terms such as "forecastle", "ratlines", "head", "listing to port",
"three sheets to the wind", "loose canon", "careen", "keel over"- and such like that..."poop deck"...oh aye...
Round Ship Evolution:
Useful structures called "Castles" were added, fore and aft, to the Round Ships...
..later these became part of the hull design...
The Dollmaker likes
that James Christensen
took the idea of
"castles on ships"
after all, a proper Passenger Airship
would certainly require Accommodations....
whether grand or rudimentary...
but accessorizing would come later
the Dollmaker first needed just the basic shape...
Making the Models
Passengers should fit comfortably (if snugly) into the Interior
and the Exterior should be festooned with Assemblage!
oh indeed yes-
Exterior Decor would necessarily include
Life Preservers, Portals, Watches, Ropes, Saucers, Eyeglasses, Compasses
hairclips, drawer handles, buttons and Rampant Chess Pieces galore!
Wee Doll Airships would have two potential power sources:
1. Sails to catch the wind with a rudder for steering and
2. Imagination with liberal doses of Magic.
So that would take care of transport through the air.
It always looks good to have Someone at the Helm!
Airship Travel Hats
available for select Passengers whose heads are the right size
So.. the Wee Airships- are "underway"
"Let go and haul!"
(nautical term for: the ship is on the desired course relative to the wind and the sails can be trimmed (hauled) to suit...)
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