I am working on a vehicle inspired by the star wars desert skiff and the Borderlands 2 sand skiff, for the July forum hoard. This is a preview of the general shape of the ship with a couple of miniatures from Kiladecus and Darkmook for a sense of scale.
And here are some stages of the test build:
The model will probably require three pages. I still want to add some bits to the rear part of the ship, an optional flight stand and if time allows, some other optional bits. In any case, when the blank model template is finished, I will also post it here if someone wants to play with it.
A nice thing to do is include a textured/finished bottom - in case the skiff gets overturned, for example. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it beats blank or even coloured paper.
My favourite of squirmydad's sampans is the one that has the wooden bottom included. The other ones I backed with dark brown card stock (same stuff I use on the underside of the canopies), but I may one day tweak the wooden bottom to fit the others. Actually, it's been long enough since I built them, that it may not need much tweaking...
Here are some pictures of the new version of the skiff. Now the pieces are two-sided after WackyAnne's suggestion. The basic model fits in 3 pages, then there are other two for optional bits and the flight base.
I know the banner and gun on the back look weird. The idea is to place one or the other. I glued both just to check if the pieces were fitting correctly. Also, I did not like the way the banner looks so I will remove it from the final version for the hoard.
Here are some pictures of the build process. A few tips: glue the front "skirts" last. Leave the two ends of the bottom box open, and glue it under the main floor. Glue its ends only before you glue the front skirts. Also, close the rear of the "engine" box by the end of the build process. Glue the railings to the main floor before you glue the box under it.
Yes, as I was building it, I thought about a steampunk/VSF version. Maybe adding a chimney over the engine box at the back, in place of the gun nest, and a small stand with a ship wheel somewhere on the floor.
As I was building the model I noticed I did not texture two tabs in the long box that goes under the skiff. All the files have been corrected... I will post the pictures tomorrow, must get some sleep now...
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9