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Stu's Red Scorpions / Thunderhawk build

Postby _stu_ » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:28 pm

Right. As a motivational tool, and a handy way of getting some feedback on what I'm upto, I'm planning on posting here fairly regularly with updates to the Red Scorpions Project I mentioned elsewhere. I dont really have a list to work to **yet** as Im coming back to the hobby after a looooong time out (2nd edition epic if I'm completely honest - gooood times).

I'm away from home at the mo, but will post up some b4 pics before the weekend is out. So far I'm looking at the AoBR marines, along with 2 squads of Assault Terminators and the ludicrous plan of scratch building a thunderhawk.

Might take a while, but should have some fun along the way - along with a whole host of questions ;)

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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions

Postby timewizard » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:58 pm

Good luck on your undertaking stu!
Looking forward to seeing your progress.
I've found this is a good way to get you motivated to work on your project, especially when you see how long it's been since your last post!
I'll be watching!
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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions

Postby mattjgilbert » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:46 am

Scratch building a THawk sounds cool!
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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions

Postby Herne » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:01 am

Good to have someone joining our happy little throng of painters and modellers. I shall watch with interest. ;-)
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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions

Postby _stu_ » Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:56 am

Hell it seems like its been an age, but with some pretty serious family stuff goin on I havent had much time to dedicate to the project. Ive had a couple of hours tonight tho, so with scalpel and glue in hand, I had a play with some plasticard and ended up with this shell so far. Pic posted with Culln and Dread to give a sense of scale...

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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions

Postby mattjgilbert » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:13 am

Well that's pretty big! Are you matching it to the FW dimensions?
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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions

Postby _stu_ » Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:48 am

@Matt - it's based on a template that I found online a while back, so not sure how it relates to the current FW model. I mocked up a few sections in paper before starting and really like the scale of it next to the models. It also works quite well with the engines I managed to source on ebay (from the anakin podracer toy, but that's another post further down the line)...

Next job is to find something to use for the internal structure, just to provide an extra bit of strength. It's fairly solid so far, but I'd rather play it safe....

Then I can start on the basic structure of the wings & tail....

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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions

Postby Herne » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:41 pm

Looks good so far - it appears to me to be to the scale of the FW one, having done some work photographing a real one. Cockpit parts are going to be fun for you...
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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions

Postby _stu_ » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:52 pm

Cheers guys

Have had a bit more time over the weekend while the missus was out shopping for wedding goodies.

After building the main frame, I moved onto creating the tail, main wings and canards out of a couple of thin layers of plasticard wrapped around a thicker layer:

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With the tail, I moved on to make a frame to wrap the tail, along with creating the "turret" (for want of a better word) for the main weapon...

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From there, I started detailing the main body (including tacking on the canards and forward weapon sponsons). This included the canopy, forward doors and some additional armour:

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And after that I spent a while cutting out a couple of aquilas for the side panels. Took a while but I think the end result was worthwhile:

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Which brings us up to date, and currently looking something like this:
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Next job I think is to look at how the engines are gonna mount. I picked up an Anakins Pod Racer on feebay for a few quid, so that's gonna get the dremel treatment.

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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions / Thunderhawk build

Postby _stu_ » Sun May 02, 2010 7:37 pm

Long time no update, as Ive been away again on family duties and helping out with the missus' overtime. Had an hour or so last night and planning on doing a few more hours tonight (probably detailing the body rather than hacking the engines with the dremel - still working in the living room with mrs stu watches films)....

Hopefully will post up a few more pics tomorrow (commiting it to the intarwebs here will help massively)...

Really need to get some more painting done too, and get mrs stu back to the painting table....

Keep yer eyes peeled ;)

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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions / Thunderhawk build

Postby mattjgilbert » Sun May 02, 2010 7:39 pm

How did I miss that last update from a few weeks back!? Looks great mate.
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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions / Thunderhawk build

Postby killmaimburn » Sun May 02, 2010 8:10 pm

Ditto, Loving the way it conveys the weight of the thing.
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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions / Thunderhawk build

Postby _stu_ » Mon May 03, 2010 1:57 pm

Cheers guys..

Out and about at the mo, but will be taking a few pics of the underside 8O when I get back before the light fails me. Also got a couple more hours planned in for tonight hopefully. Fits and spurts? Me? No way guv'nor :D

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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions / Thunderhawk build

Postby Spack » Mon May 03, 2010 3:45 pm

That is awesome. :D
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Re: Stu's Red Scorpions / Thunderhawk build

Postby _stu_ » Mon May 03, 2010 5:40 pm

Not really much to say about these. Rather than tackling any major additions as they'd need me to dremel the engines, i decided to add some detailing to the underside and upper body tail/cannon structure...

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Plan for this eve is to continue adding detail to the body / wings

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