Tag Archives: Ships

Ark Conversion

This is the Transformers model that I bought for next to nothing on eBay. I have removed all the internal crap and glued plastic over all the openings I could see from the inside, of which there were lots.

It actually did not take long and in the greater scheme of things, this was one of the quickest conversions I have done, it only took three episodes of Game Of Thrones (I’m watching series 2 again).

Now for undercoating with my new compressor, in white this time…

Arkanaut Frigate

This is the first GW model I have seen in ages that I could be persuaded to purchase, especially with my steampunk fixation still running high. I say “could”, as at £50 (US$80) it is a significant amount of cash.

It should be available with 10% off from an independent reseller, which would make it £45.

The Athena

carrier2607dNow that summer is over and I can get back to some sort of normality, I am planning to crack on with my steampunk aircraft carrier. It is still a very long way off being completed, but I do want to get the hull structure looking like I want in the next three months.

In the meantime…

…I thought I would so see the how the Athena was doing on Klaus’ website and was pleased to see it is now finished!

This really does give me inspiration, although I know my efforts will not come close to matching what Klaus has achieved here.

Carrier Below Decks

I made some more progress with the steampunk carrier project. It may look a bit messy, but I do sort of have a plan, which is a plan to make it up as I go along.
I have the four gun emplacements in position and enough foamboard surrounding most of the platforms to support the deck. All of the emplacements are different shapes and I will have to work out what else is going into the larger areas.
I still have to finish the supporting sides on the two emplacements below then I can get started on actually fixing the foamboard into position.
The side loading bay was an alternative idea to having a lift in the deck and will prove a better solution especially when the ship is docked.
I still have to work out how the deck will be fitted to the hull, especially as I think it will need to be removable.

Carrier Access

I have been busy painting various models, so the BIG aircraft carrier project has been a bit slow in getting started. But I did decide to save some time and not have a moving lift. And then I thought I would give myself another headache and have a large loading bay on the side of the side, this will be especially useful in games where is is docked.
The removal of the lift was the easy bit, luckily it is very lightweight plastic so I was able to hacksaw it off in mere seconds.

Using some bits of plastic and a few paperclip pins, I glued the ramp into the deck, job done.
So below decks, I hacked out the side with a view to making a large loading ramp into a bay.
There is already a loading ramp at the stern as well, so there will be plenty of internal detail eventually.
I must make some time each week to drive this forwards.