Tag Archives: Vehicles

Black Mamba

This Black Mamba Allied Dust aircraft was shown in an online magazine some time ago but apparently will not be out for quite some time.

Shame really, as it is a great looking plane and this is about the only model left that I would buy from the Dust range, mainly because I have loads of other stuff already…

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Landing Engine Nozzles

I needed four more rocket nozzles for the transporter landing engines. As I have not been painting much recently, mainly due to building this monster, I have not been accruing very many of the Vallejo/Army Painter paint lids.

So instead I have made four larger nozzles from white wood glue containers.

Note sure if I will use these as I have some other lids from water bottles to try out…

I could actually do with four more of the other lids used on the rear of the transporter so at least they would all be the same style.

Mantic Tunneler

This is the Mantic Veer Myn Tunneler I received a short time back from the 2015 Kickstarter, don’t get me started…

Anyway, I will be using this as a Steam Wars Mechanica Tunneler, primarily as a troop transport.

There was the opportunity to make the nose removable so weapons could be added. I added a plate in the nose ring so if no weapons are added, the interior would be hidden behind the plastic card.

So with a weapon added, I could even use this little beastie as a tank for the Mechanic force, something they are lacking at the moment.

To start with, I was not sure which way round to mount the three massive drill bits but then found the image above online which suggests they go on like this:

…and not like this:

Roboplane Painting

The Roboplanes for the Steam Wars Mechanica army have been hanging around half painted for quite a few weeks.

It could do with some weathering, but that is a painting skill I have not quite mastered, especially on flat surfaces.

Fortunately, the cockpit detail is still reasonably visible, although the control stick is not painted or maybe even finished, it is still just a pin.

The nose cannon is impressive, I suspect the recoil of firing this beast in flight would cause the plane to stall.

Landing Engines Installed

The landing engines have been finished and added to the hull.

They needed some intakes adding to the top, so these were made from display bases and plenty of plasticard.

Plenty of extra plastic was added to the engines but they still need some rivets.

Some old pens were used as the supporting arms of the engines and they actually rotate.

The last remaining question is, do I add a few hundred rivets to the rest of the hull…

More Engine Work

These are taking shape, it is quite tricky to make a resilient tube, especially when you drill a 9mm hole in it.

It sure is a messy business.

Inside the tube, I wanted to make the supporting rods able to turn 90 degrees, so I have over engineered the inside and made a supporting pivot point.

Unfortunately the outside of the tube got a bit distorted so I will have to camouflage it some more with more plastic detail. Of course I may be the only one who notices.