Friday, April 29, 2011

Troop Transport part 2

Quick recap- in the previous post we covered making the wheel rims for a Troop Transport to use with 28mm to 30mm scale figurines.  To follow up, this post will cover the body of the tank.  (I apologize for the lack of progress images in this post-  they got deleted by mistake)

Materials used:
Card stock (still should be plenty left over from previous purchase)
For Sale sign
Self healing cutting mat
Xacto hobby knife
Hot glue gun
Metal ruler with straight edge

Take the For Sale sign (which should be made of a thin plastic material) and place it on the mat.  Measure a width of 2 1/2” along the length of the sign.  Using the hobby knife lightly cut the sign so you have a strip of plastic which is at least 14 7/16” long.  This piece will form the hull of the tank.

Score the plastic at these lengths-
4 5/8”
1 11/16”
4 ½”
2 ¼”

It is not necessary to have the pieces be completely apart at this point.  The scoring will allow the plastic to be bent at those places and still be attached.

Set the plastic to the side and cut pieces of card stock 2/1/2” wide and 1/8” shorter than each of the segments scored on the plastic.  Glue these pieces to the side of plastic which wasn’t scored.  This gives strength to the form and prevents bending and curving.

Now we’re ready to give the tank hull its shape.  Keeping the 4 5/8” piece and 1 11/16” pieces together, remove them from the rest of the plastic.  Pick up one wheel rim and measure from the front 3/8”.  Glue the 4 5/8” piece to the top of the wheel rim so it matches the image below.  After that cools, bend the front piece so the edge is at the 3/8” line you marked earlier.  Glue this into place.

Remove the 4 ½” and 2 ¼” pieces from the smaller pieces and position them so the bottom piece is slightly above the bottom of the wheel rim and the front of the bottom is even with the bottom curve of the rim.  The rear hatch piece should fit snugly with the top of the rhino.  Glue these pieces into place.

Take the last two pieces and bend them so the slightly larger half is positioned straight down.  Glue this piece into place and bend the last piece so it overlaps the bottom of the Rhino.  Glue this last piece into place and trim any excess which may occur.

Cut 2 strips of plastic from the sign that are 3/4 “ wide and cut to form over the side, front, and back of the wheel rims.  Glue these into place.  

We now have the basic, clean shape of the Troop Transport.  Everything from this point on is detail.

Well, that’s the end of part 2.  Let me know if you find anything unclear or feel I missed a step somewhere.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for part 3, wheels and tank treads on Tuesday!

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!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Welcome to Scratch Built 40K!

                Welcome to the introductory post for Scratch Built 40K.  I’ve been an on-again off-again player of the game for roughly ten years.  In the last few years I’ve been going to school, so I find a lot of time to fiddle with Warhammer models, but not the money to invest.  This is what led to my first scratch built vehicle, a Nurgle Plague Tower.

As you can see, it is very blocky and not very inventive, but it started my love for scratch building.  Since then I’ve built titans, blight drones, a skull tower of khorne, predator tanks, a vindicator tank, mk1 landraiders, and a slew of other things.  With each creation I try to top myself and improve on the skills I’ve acquired.

                In creating this site I hope to not only show others the various techniques I’ve learned, but to gather techniques from you, the readers.  It is my belief that the 40K community, like any gaming community, is strongest when we work together and find solutions to the problems we face together.  I fully expect to learn a lot from all of you, and hope you can learn something as well!