Well its been almost a week since my last proper update. Mainly because I've been pretty busy at work and also R.L. has pulled me away from my hobby. So after asking some friends for their opinions on the Rotor Blades the MkII version was chosen and I have to agree it looks 100% better than the MkI.
So what have I been up to? Well quite a lot actually, this build has been frustrating in certain parts but once Ive got over the frustration Ive really enjoyed how its turning out.
So I was waiting for some some rare earth magnets to be delivered for most of last week. They arrived two days ago and this has been the frustrating bit. I was expecting these to be better than they actually were, but maybe its my fault for expecting too much from these little things.
Anyway more on that later, from the last update I managed to fill out the rear section on the port side with more armour plates, Ive also had to rip off the top section of the hull and cut out a rectangular hole to place a grot gunner in.
With the edition of these plates I think the Ork Mek's handy work is starting to show.
A Grot gunner will sit inside watching the rear of the craft for any enemy planes.
Next up was the wings, out came the millipult and I started to roll out the leading edge of the wings, after applying and shaping they were left to harden over night.
Now the bits and pieces that I was keeping to one side came out and the wings started to take shape, strengthening strips, repair patches and rivets were then added. Holes were cut into the wing and magnets glued into position ready for the wings to magnetised to the main Hull. Here is the frustrating part, when I actually got everything on the magnets weren't powerful enough to hold the wings in position. Plan B, I glued the wings onto the Hull and everything else would be magnetised, so that's what I decided to do.
The start of the detailing process
Engine and engine mounting point magnetised and ready
A nice fitment, measured three times and cut only once, makes for a better job.
In the above photo you can just make out the strengthening strips applied to the upper hull with which the wings will be glued to. It was at this point that I started on the wings again and stripped a few strips off and replaced them with other bits so it tied it all together with the Hull.
Rethink on the detailing, the tape was there to hold everything in place whilst the damn (slow to set) plastic glue went off.
First wing in position and glued, when it had set I moved onto adding some more detail which also included more rivets.
Both wings attached now.
So whilst these dried off I set to looking through my Bitz box . This is what I came up with, these will form the basis of my tail engines.
Ok maybe not the best but this is my first mock up.
Tail engines drilled, magnetised and ready to be installed.
Tail section designed and partly glued/ bluetac'd into position.
Finally both engines in position on the tail, I think this starts to bring the model together.
Starting to look more and more like the image I have in my head.
So next up I need to fill out more detail again and the wings/ engines and bodywork, tail flaps need to be designed and mocked up, rear access door needs to be removed and reduced in size so it actually fits closer to the tail section. Then the landing gear needs sorting... Wheels or skids? what would you do?
Also Im really ensure as what to do with the the middle sections either side of the cockpit doors and the transport hold to the rear. Do I plate this off at and angle? or do something else? Any suggestions? let me know your ideas and I can think about it whilst doing the rest of the model.
Anyway thats it for now hope you enjoyed reading