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#1 longshot

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:16 PM

Loken Asked me to repost this here.


Ok so this is a blatant copy of BulldogUK's work on his own Stormbird. I admit it, he is better at this than I am but it is a great idea and mine is a bit different. So when a friend approached me and asked me if I would build him 2 Stormbirds in exchange for the Dragonfly to make my own I said yes, what can I say I am a sucker. My buddy had the Aurora dropship but only one so In an attempt to make these 3 all look like the same ship I decided to build the troop compartment form scratch. I have alot of 1/8" material from making my titans so I have lots of cheap supplies.

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This is the beginning. What do you think?
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:17 PM

So here are the scale pictures.

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And some more progress.

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In the Horus Heresy books they refer to the stormbird having some sort of rotary cannon. I am figuring it will be a Vulcan Mega Bolter the white tubes will be the base of the gun.

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in this last picture you can see where I covered the handle on the toy, it was pretty tricky but I think it turned out well.
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:18 PM

So I did some work on the nose and the engines.

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The pictures are a little dark I need to find a better background.
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:18 PM

So I made a little progress with the turbines. wrapping the plasticard around them was easier than I thought it would be but I still need to add some layers to them for detail and to stiffen them up.

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I also added the rear fins. the glue I am using actually bonds to the plastic of the model so that has been a great help. I just cut the fins to a 40 degree angle and glued them in place it worked like a charm.

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This is the next area I need to work on. The rear is a little flat and I need to get some detail in here but I am still not sure what exactly I am going to add. I am not doing the jets like on BulldogUK's model first because They don't seem to fit well in my mind and because I don't have the parts to do it.

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This was a little experiment to see how small I could cut something out on the router I am using. The answer is pretty damn small. The holes are the size of the bit that the router uses, it is about 3/32" or so. I might use this for the chin gun though I am in favor of the twin linked heavy bolter like BulldogUK used or maybe a Las Cannon. I have a bigger set of these to use for the Mega Bolter but the holes are not 1/4" like I thought and I need to run out and get the right sized tube.
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:19 PM

SO I thought I was done making vulcan mega bolters after the last 8 I build, but it was my idea to make more for this project so it is really all my fault.

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And because I cannot make just one my forge is taking delivery on the other 2 dragonhawk drive units today. I hope to have production line photos for you soon.
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:19 PM

Mass production

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:20 PM

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Some people have been asking what kind of glue I use. Well this is it.

I have spent some time adding detail plates to the stormbirds what do you all think?

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:20 PM

Well the forge is nearing completion on the stormbirds. Two will go to serve the Space Wolves chapter and the third will serve the Crimson Fists. I need to finish up the weapon systems, the landing gear and doors and they are ready to fly.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:21 PM

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I got a coat of paint on my stormbird today. The blue is not really that ULTRA it really is darker. it is here with a thunderhawk for size comparison.
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 01:54 AM

Longshot,

SUPER COOL. You are a genius, and don't let anyone tell you different. How long is it taking you on each of those would you say?

Great post

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:50 AM

They look to be coming along rather nicely, how long do you figure it will take you to paint yours?
The best defense is a good offense.

Looking to buy random eldar, from phantom titan to guardian defenders. If youve got a deal send me a PM.




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