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The Valiant Swordfish, Steam Aerostat

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My good friend strode across the wide verdant sward of the Tinplate Studios' manse. Ever precise, ever punctual.

"Well, well, well, I see that I am graced by the presence of a pretentious, overinflated sack of noble gases," said the esteemed Archaeologist and full-contact croquet aficionado, Professor Sombra.

"It's true, good sir," I returned, refreshed by Sombra's direct approach. "Indeed, I have gained a few pounds since returning from the Gulo gulo sapiens expedition at the Redoubtable Cataracts of Saskatchewan. Damnable situation that! There was nothing but salt pork and coffee to round the corners. I could have perished of hunger. But since returning to the green and pleasant land, I have been endulging in prolonged periods of vigorous gustation!"

"Not YOU, you bloviating buffoon!" sputtered Sombra. "I was referring to the airship moored in back of you!"

"Hah! Oh, right!" I chuckled, a bit embarrassed by ever-leaking inner monologue and awkward assumptions, "That, good fellow, is a Valiant Swordfish class, triple action steam-powered aerostat. His name is "Aubrey" and he's the pride of the Tinplate aerial fleet. I'm quite fond of taking him to Paris for minute cups of coffee..."

"Impressive!" Which was in itself impressive due to the fact that Sombra, being an erudite and well travelled know-it-all, was rarely impressed by anything.

And impressive it was. Aubrey hovered just overhead gently swaying at his moorings, his grace reminded one of the deceptively effete lightning fish that swam the skies of Venus. He was one hundred feet in length and was equipped with the newest model Scottish boiler and drive train which allowed him to achieve a good 50 knots in calm skies.

"It would be just the thing for archaeological expeditions to far flung sites. Perhaps you would lend it to me?" asked Sombra, barely containing his excitement. "I've some rather pressing issues in Egypt. They concern some remote mountain temples that seem to be positively infested with Fearful, Scissor-Jawed, Eaters of the dead. If I were to take Aubrey, I could be convinced to, say, bring you back a number of these completely harmless and retiring creatures for your inventory. What do you say?"

"I would say that delightful cryptids outweigh infinitesimally small, powerful beverages in importance, but just barely. I shall miss my coffees. But tea is my staple, my staff of life, restorative and stimulant! I should be fine unless the travesties have tainted it again...that would be a tragedy, now wouldn't it Sombra...Sombra?" But the only answer was the thrum of a high powered engine.

I cast my eyes skyward and I spied the Aubrey rising into the sky and banking over the steeply gabled, brick warehouses with Sombra at the controls.

"Farewell, Professor." I sighed, already missing my airship and French coffee. "I've really got to get that leaky internal monologue fixed."


The Valiant Swordfish, steam aerostat is a twenty six inch long hanging replica of Shamus Tinplate's coffee fetching rigid airship. Papier maché, brass, wood, polymer clay and plastic were used in its construction.
My good friend strode across the wide verdant sward of the Tinplate Studios' manse. Ever precise, ever punctual.

"Well, well, well, I see that I am graced by the presence of a pretentious, overinflated sack of noble gases," said the esteemed Archaeologist and full-contact croquet aficionado, Professor Sombra.

"It's true, good sir," I returned, refreshed by Sombra's direct approach. "Indeed, I have gained a few pounds since returning from the Gulo gulo sapiens expedition at the Redoubtable Cataracts of Saskatchewan. Damnable situation that! There was nothing but salt pork and coffee to round the corners. I could have perished of hunger. But since returning to the green and pleasant land, I have been endulging in prolonged periods of vigorous gustation!"

"Not YOU, you bloviating buffoon!" sputtered Sombra. "I was referring to the airship moored in back of you!"

"Hah! Oh, right!" I chuckled, a bit embarrassed by ever-leaking inner monologue and awkward assumptions, "That, good fellow, is a Valiant Swordfish class, triple action steam-powered aerostat. His name is "Aubrey" and he's the pride of the Tinplate aerial fleet. I'm quite fond of taking him to Paris for minute cups of coffee..."

"Impressive!" Which was in itself impressive due to the fact that Sombra, being an erudite and well travelled know-it-all, was rarely impressed by anything.

And impressive it was. Aubrey hovered just overhead gently swaying at his moorings, his grace reminded one of the deceptively effete lightning fish that swam the skies of Venus. He was one hundred feet in length and was equipped with the newest model Scottish boiler and drive train which allowed him to achieve a good 50 knots in calm skies.

"It would be just the thing for archaeological expeditions to far flung sites. Perhaps you would lend it to me?" asked Sombra, barely containing his excitement. "I've some rather pressing issues in Egypt. They concern some remote mountain temples that seem to be positively infested with Fearful, Scissor-Jawed, Eaters of the dead. If I were to take Aubrey, I could be convinced to, say, bring you back a number of these completely harmless and retiring creatures for your inventory. What do you say?"

"I would say that delightful cryptids outweigh infinitesimally small, powerful beverages in importance, but just barely. I shall miss my coffees. But tea is my staple, my staff of life, restorative and stimulant! I should be fine unless the travesties have tainted it again...that would be a tragedy, now wouldn't it Sombra...Sombra?" But the only answer was the thrum of a high powered engine.

I cast my eyes skyward and I spied the Aubrey rising into the sky and banking over the steeply gabled, brick warehouses with Sombra at the controls.

"Farewell, Professor." I sighed, already missing my airship and French coffee. "I've really got to get that leaky internal monologue fixed."


The Valiant Swordfish, steam aerostat is a twenty six inch long hanging replica of Shamus Tinplate's coffee fetching rigid airship. Papier maché, brass, wood, polymer clay and plastic were used in its construction.

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  • Materials: Papier maché, wood, brass, polymer clay, plastic
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