"Nice 1/60 Paper/Cardboard Dropship and APC" Topic

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Dogged22 Jan 2013 12:56 a.m. PST

Popping out in this morning Wargame Vault newsletter, these two vehicles by Genet Models can make for excellent and cheap addtions for a scifi army:

UD-41 Utility Dropship

M722 Light Expeditionary Vehicle

The dropship, which looks fairly good, has workable ramp, engines, missile pods, gun turret and landing gear. The APC fits in the dropship cargo bay, and has a workable, stowable turret with popping up grenade launcher. Also, its interior is functional, having a removable upper side and sliding doors. Made in several colours.

I thought it's very nice and a boon in these times of scifi 28 mm bonanza (Mantic, Dreamforge/WF, Hasslefree). Now the easily most expensive single pieces can be had for less than the cost of a squad. Guess more people can find it of interest.


Covert Walrus22 Jan 2013 3:29 a.m. PST

Ebbles dropped ( Pun unintended ) these designs a while ago great to see they're back again!

Todd63622 Jan 2013 5:54 a.m. PST

Anyone build one of these? They look difficult to build.

Sergeant Paper22 Jan 2013 6:27 a.m. PST

Not difficult if you take your time. And you can reprint new parts if you screw one up…

BigNickR22 Jan 2013 8:12 a.m. PST

I bought this set when it was on world works site. After printing it up, I was completely unable to build it…Papercraft simply isn't for me.

I asked a buddy of mine who works at an office depot copy center (and dabbles heavily in the 4chan papercraft forum) to try to build it, and offered him $50 USD plus the cost to print the sheets, he gave up too after like 3 attempts. SAid it was too much of a pain in the keister…

It's a fantastic looking kit, and i REALLY like the look of the troop-seating… But I can't recommend this kit to anyone but super-human builders

BigNickR22 Jan 2013 8:21 a.m. PST

Someone in a previous thread I had seen about papercraft BMP-1's mentioned getting them printed onto sheet styrene TMP link but then never mentioned how one would go about DOING that…

I would LOVE to get this kit printed onto sheet styrene, as I can assemble MODEL KITS quite easily, and they are a good deal more sturdy…

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jan 2013 9:02 a.m. PST

Start with one of his simpler kits to get a feel for how he designs. The larger kits are NOT an hour build while you watch Doctor Who. Set aside evenings the way you would for a complex plastic or resin model, but Mel/Christopher's work returns satisfaction. Open admission: his kits got me hooked, and kit bashing them led to learning how to design, so I'm NOT an unbiased commenter.

Only Warlock Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 10:05 a.m. PST

I had no issue. Even reduced the Expeditionary vehicle to 1/100 and built it (Complete with interior Seating)

BigNickR22 Jan 2013 10:50 a.m. PST

Cool, anyone of you willing to build one or two for me? and what would you charge? (feel free to PM me or email me at this SN at Gmail.com)

retzlaffmd Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 1:50 p.m. PST

Has anyone used the hobby cutter w/plasticard for these, or any other ones he has the option for?

Cadian 7th Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 2:39 p.m. PST

I have heard of a few folk who planned on it, but I have yet to see or hear how the plastic route went.
these are very nice kits. They are not an "expert" kit, but they are not a begginer kit either. They have PAGES of parts and optional components.
It is best to spend a weekend or longer on them. It also helps to have markers handy for edging after scoring….and good glue.
I have a lot of ebble labs stuff, finger and toe, dave graffam, fat dragon, lord zerske…. rule number one…prep. rule number two…slow is smooth, smooth is fast… rule three…nada race! Paper is faster and cheaper than a lot of other options, but you need to allow for the glue to set and work on subassemblies. And to quote Glenn…"smoosh assurance"
But really, 110# card stock is suprisingly durable and a lot of the kits have internal bracing which supports even the heavy warjacks of warmachine!

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2013 8:43 p.m. PST

I bought, but I haven't built mine yet. In my experience these things are not nearly as difficult as they look. Here are some of the other SF card models I built with a little trial and error (error are corrected with a reprint usually):



I recommend giving them a try.

Lost Pict

Lampyridae Inactive Member27 Jan 2013 6:54 a.m. PST

Don't rush, start simple and be prepared to screw up a few models while you work with them. Papercraft can be a great way to fill up your battlefield.

Sergeant Paper31 Jan 2013 10:11 p.m. PST

Okay, got some cardstock, printed out the Light Expeditionary Vehicle (in its grey paintscheme) and I'm starting to cut out page 1 with my robocutter. I will try to get this model done this weekend.

Sergeant Paper31 Jan 2013 11:10 p.m. PST

And zip-zop, an hour later it is all cut out, while I browse TMP and swap pages in and out of the cutter.

Sergeant Paper03 Feb 2013 11:31 p.m. PST

I started making the M722 LEV, and it turned out I'd screwed up the cut-out (pieces were tearing off, because I hadn't cut quite through the cardstock), so I printed and cut out a second set. These are much cleaner, and separate easily from the sheet.

Not a total loss, I used some of the bad ones to do fold-up and fit testing (while the instructions are clear, it's nice to try out the first assembly with no care), and to test the markers I use for edging (running a Prismacolor marker along cut edges and fold helps to cover up the white edges).

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