Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Troop Transport 30mm (part 1)

This project was formerly the Space Marine Rhino, but this model is much too large to be the Rhino.  Over the week the Rhino tutorial will be properly added as a separate set of tutorials while keeping these for those who like the larger vehicles.

The materials we will need for this part include:

-  Card Stock  (Available at Hobby Lobby for $2 a sheet)

-  For Sale Signs  (Available at Wal Mart for $2.22)

And the tools we'll need are:

-  Straight, metal ruler

-  Sharp Xacto hobby knife

-  Self healing cutting board

-  Hot glue gun

The first thing you want to do is lay the card stock out and measure the width of the wheel rims [6 3/16"].  Mark this all the way down the sheet.  When finished draw a line across the entire sheet connecting the dots.  Now take your ruler and hobby knife and carefully cut along the line.  This will prevent pieces being different lengths.

Now measure the height [2 3/16"] four times.  Again, carefully cut along these lines.  Make sure each is roughly the same size rectangle.

For the next step either print out the below image or measure it out by hand.  This will be our template for the wheel rims and will be the basic shape for the Troop Transport.

After cutting the corners from the rectangles, put the scrap pieces to the side.  Pair up two scrap pieces and glue them together.  Do this with the remaining pieces.

Glue four of the scrap pieces to one of the rim pieces as seen here.  Then glue a second wheel rim to the other side of the scrap pieces.  In the end it will look like this:

When you are done you will have two pieces that look like this:

This is the end of part 1.  On Thursday I'll cover completing the chassis.  After that I plan to go over how to make tank treads, making of the wheel rims, and exhaust ports.

Any comments, criticisms, and suggestions are welcome!

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