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New Home floats into Clockhaven

After weeks of trying lots of idea’s to no avail, I finally came up with something I’m happy with.

So…. my new home is currently under construction in Clockhaven, er, above Clockhaven :)

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  1. Sheryl Skytower Sheryl Skytower October 23, 2010

    *looks up*

    iz a long way to fly for cookie raids…

     

    • Rowan Xenga Rowan Xenga October 23, 2010

      I think that might be the point – to be a cookie-miser.

      • Sheryl Skytower Sheryl Skytower October 24, 2010

        *shocked look*

        that iz not very neighborly…

         

  2. Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox October 24, 2010

    *shares her cookies with miz skytower*

    • Sheryl Skytower Sheryl Skytower October 24, 2010

      ooh… thankee!

      *looks upward*

      maybe it be raining cookies soon…

  3. Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf October 24, 2010

    All I can say is “Dun dun Dunnnnnnnnnn”

    • Valice Davi Valice Davi October 24, 2010

      *grins evily at flying tower* mehehehehehe >:]

      Would have never thought of a flying tower. Instant thumbs up in my opinion.

  4. MichaelD Mannonen MichaelD Mannonen October 24, 2010

    Might this be a hazard to airship navigation? I hope not, it is an impressive looking addition to the New Babbage skyline.

  5. Doctor Obolensky Doctor Obolensky October 24, 2010

    Hmmm….I don’t know.   I’m not sure that qualifies as having even mad-scientist level physics.  I wouldn’t count on that staying up once the Clockwinder gets a good look at it.

  6. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon October 24, 2010

    I think I would have made it three floors, rather than five, as it looks like it will capsize in more than a light breeze at the moment.

  7. Marit_Static Marit_Static October 24, 2010

    O_O Well…It’s highly impressive on the outside in my opinion…Wonderful work. I hope to find more (bioshock infinit) floating buildings of this sort around SL. Maybe a mobile city of sorts or just a sim with some low prim moving buildings like this.

  8. Amber Ilsker Amber Ilsker October 24, 2010

    It’s the height it is so that the top is out of the clouds, having then roll through your living room is rather unnerving. I have been toying with moving it up about another 40m or so and then I could remove one or two floors as the top would be well above the clouds … also the balloons are way smaller then I wanted at first as I was unsure if bigger ones made the whole thing look too huge. I could add 4 more the same size maybe. And I do have some big propeller modules that can go on it to make it look more plausible.

    My first plan was for floating platforms with low buildings  and tree’s but all above the clouds. Then I tried this and one tall but slim tower worked.

    As for it stretching the mad science end of things, you have to assume it’s actually a light weight building that looks normal from the outside as holding that much masonry up would be tricky. I was going for the same look as the game, hence the proportions and appearance of weightiness. The airship above the port is equally implausible, as it’s got two relatively small airbags and 16 big oil tanks, so would never really be able to fly as it’s too heavy.

  9. Marit_Static Marit_Static October 24, 2010

    well, somewhere in the steampunk wiki (i think i found it there) are “steampunk metals/alloys”…for the most part theyseem to be ultra light weight…could just say thats what it is XD

  10. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 24, 2010

    Throw in some cavorite modules for instant steampunk physics!

  11. Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires October 24, 2010

    This looks a little too impossible, honestly. 

    • Grendel Footman Grendel Footman October 24, 2010

      that’s wat I was about to say, it looks like the buildings in the air cityfrom the new Bioshock

       

      I’d suggest maybe more airbags, possibly some at the top, or even larger airbags, since it does look fairly top heavy and likely to tip over, but impressive eitherway

    • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo October 24, 2010

      Cool! Grendel has his own video game. Ha ha ha!

    • Sheryl Skytower Sheryl Skytower October 24, 2010

      Ooh!

      Saw that and was totally enthralled… and a wee bit nauseous…

      A great trailer!

    • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 25, 2010

      I have to say commentary on that sight is right funny, tho not friendly to genteel persons; but the description of the Gyro Captain made me laugh hearty.

  12. Doctor Obolensky Doctor Obolensky October 24, 2010

    That’s the key point….there’s only so far you can stretch the “magic” of steampunk.

    IMNSHO, while it’s a lovely build, it looks *far* too heavy for the amount of visible lift.

  13. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver October 24, 2010

     maybe it’s trying to land :)

  14. Amber Ilsker Amber Ilsker October 24, 2010

    I’ve just doubled the number of balloons and burners at the bottom, ignore the old set they are hidden under the sea for the moment hehe. Looks more buoyant than before, any better ?

    • Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires October 24, 2010

      Honestly no. Unless it’s filled with unobtainium or Made-in-Caledon it wouldn’t have even remotely close to enough lift.

       

      Also the lift is from the bottom so it would make an unstable pendulum. 

      • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk October 25, 2010

        i completely agree, mr. spires.

        flying houses have always been hard to get past covenant (i’ve grounded 3). if anyone can do it, amber can. back to the drawing board!

        • Arconus Arkright Arconus Arkright October 25, 2010

          Putting a big, giant, massive gyroscope inside wouldn’t make it more stable (and more fun)?

          • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk October 25, 2010

            and exposed, of course! hmm… that could be really fun

      • Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox October 25, 2010

        I don’t know that much about Caledon – what would being Made-in-Caledon have to do with it?  Do they have some really light bricks?

        • Grendel Footman Grendel Footman October 25, 2010

          many of Caledon’s buildings incorporate Cavorite in them to make them slightly floaty

          • Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox October 25, 2010

            Really?  Where?  The only sims in Caledon I’ve done any real exploring in are Cape Wrath (I wandered there thinking I was still in Winterfell) and Victoria City.  I don’t recall any floaty buildings in either of them.

            • Grendel Footman Grendel Footman October 25, 2010

              checkout steamsky city sometime (it’s a few 100x more impossible to get in the air than any floating gasbag towers)  and then there’s the Cavorite mines in Caledon Moors where they get the stuff

          • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk October 26, 2010

            cavorite, common in caledon, it is difficult to obtain in new babbage. you would not believe the export taxes they impose on the stuff. thier hording of a good thing has forced  babbage engineers to be ever so much cleverer to lift their abodes off the ground. 

  15. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon October 24, 2010

    Thats definitely an improvement, with the extra balloons.

  16. Victor1st Mornington Victor1st Mornington October 24, 2010

    Stick two big arms out from the bottom with a couple of high revolution propellers for that extra “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” look, but yeah, with those extra balloons it does give it a more even look and more lift :)

  17. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 24, 2010

    Just got through inspecting it inworld.  Very nice.  And since everbuddy’s a  expert, perhaps something to stabilize the top a bit?  Seems you might get seasick what with all the waving around, or, at worst, spill your tea?

  18. Amber Ilsker Amber Ilsker October 24, 2010

    It’s hard to tell how much better 8 balloons looks for real when you can cam around it, a single picture doesn’t capture the difference properly. Thanks for all your comments it’s nice to get help and advice. Keep um coming as they say :)

    I’m sure after a little more fiddling and poking it’ll turn out ok. The propeller pods I made don’t really look right on it unfortunately, I tried them just now and they just look odd on it. I did try the rugby ball shaped balloons the buildings have in Bioshock Infinite but they didn’t look at all right here without the same textures and lots of cables etc.

     

  19. Amber Ilsker Amber Ilsker October 24, 2010

    I’ve put it up over 1000m …. problem solved.

    • Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon October 24, 2010

      Rather than 1000m why not make it shorter and place it with the base at cloud level, use the 8 balloon base and I think it would look good as a sky house. Thats just my thoughts though, Mr Tenk is the one to talk to, but I don’t think the concept is a complete loss.

  20. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman October 24, 2010

    maybe a longish part hanging under the btom would help stabilize it, just something like n antenna, or pipes from all your drains even 

     

    “it’s raining dishwater!”

    • Yang Moreau Yang Moreau October 25, 2010

      ::giggles madly:: I like that idea!

      I think it’s an elegant build, it just needs more believable support and stabilization. But when you get right down to it, hot air is pretty difficult to balance as it takes so much just to lift something light and small like a basket. I’d been thinking about that since Friday, what it would take to lift say a pirate ship if a massive balloon only carries a little basket as is.

      Funny thing! I took a picture from about that same angle as the first one up there the first time I saw it!

  21. Ariana Farstrider Ariana Farstrider October 24, 2010

    I think with something ONTOP of the building to help keep it stable it may be more plausible (such as bags or propellers) but I love the whimsy of it!

  22. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman October 24, 2010

    I’ve had times in the past with airship’s on my land of clouds coming through, usually going over them, or just under them does help

  23. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver October 24, 2010

    How about adding a great big old rusty  anchor ?

  24. Mr Underby Mr Underby October 24, 2010

    I think its stunning, physics be damned.

  25. Amber Ilsker Amber Ilsker October 24, 2010

    The problem with this is …. it’s ment to look somewhat implausable … thats the whole point. Whether it’s too much for babbage I don’t know.

    Advice and constructive criticism is fine and welcome, but I get a sense some people hate it from the very spiky comments they have made, rather than make any useful suggestions on how to improve it.

  26. Marit_Static Marit_Static October 24, 2010

    Bah, I’d make/buy one if i could…maybe put it over 1000m in some instances, but I love it…I like the idea of odd/random piping hanging down below it, maybe a small gasbag on top, or piping on top pointing in 8 directions for steam/flame release from the engines below…sort of a way to push the roof away from the direction its swaying to keep it semi stable, while using a small gasbag to keep the top up for the most part

  27. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman October 24, 2010

    don’y know about anyone else, but I like it and like to see more like it

    mostly my suggestions were just in the mind of what would Tenk not nuke

  28. Stormy Stillwater Stormy Stillwater October 24, 2010

    Wow how many rooms is that?

  29. Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox October 24, 2010

    Ah laike dat building a lot.  Why not jes’ put it on de ground?

     

  30. Sheryl Skytower Sheryl Skytower October 24, 2010

    If Tenk says it’s okay, then it’s fine with me…

    *puts on aviator helmet*

    Prepare for da cookie raiders!

    :D

    • Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox October 25, 2010

      *Joins with Miz Skytower for a cookie raid*

  31. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 25, 2010

    Ms Ilsker, I do not think the comments made have meant to be spikey.  Some folks just have a brusk way about them, and mean no harm.  Might I make an elegant (I hope) and physically correct suggestion?  If you hang a rigid rudder on the base of your building, it will stabilize your edifice.  It should be “x” shaped, two large thin plates joined at their center lines at right angles of sufficient size; the combination of a downward vector of modest mass and aerodynamic stoppage should do the trick!  The Rudder can be decorated to your taste.

    As to rasing it to the 1000 m mark, I think it would be a shame to hide your candle under a bushel, as it were; provided, of course, it receives Mayor Tenk’s imprimatur.

  32. Marit_Static Marit_Static October 25, 2010

    Good thought Mr. Valeska! I still like the steam/flame vents for the roof from the engines idea i tossed out…be a good way to correct leaning in all directions via the vents

  33. Amber Ilsker Amber Ilsker October 25, 2010

    This isn’t gonna work, it would have to change so much it would be something completely different from what it is now …. back to the depths of the sea for me I think.

  34. Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf October 25, 2010

    Personally I liked it as is. It looked very fitting yet at the same time impossible… and something fun to explore.

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