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Cacique Caribe24 Feb 2014 3:48 a.m. PST

Ok, I'll show you mine first. All of them done with cheap craft beads:





By the way, I'm not into Dr. Who, but I just found this interesting pic showing Daleks of a type very similar to my bead drones (except for the bumpy thingies):




So … what hover drones have you guys come up with, and what did you use to make them?


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Lupulus24 Feb 2014 5:07 a.m. PST

Nice. How do you plan to make them "hover"?

OOT: I saw the picture and immediately thought "that's got to be from Android Arts" :)
I really like his redesigns of various IPs

Borscope24 Feb 2014 5:10 a.m. PST

The difficulty in acquiring and/or fabricating plungers in 15mm scale is what is holding back the industry.

Seriously, though. After the original thread I've had "scratch 15mm Maximilian" on my daily "To Do" list.

zrunelord24 Feb 2014 5:13 a.m. PST

Great idea Dan,
I will try to scratch one up using Pvc , as outlined in my previous post.


skinkmasterreturns24 Feb 2014 6:23 a.m. PST

I made some with the plastic sewing pins,the ones with the little plastic balls on the non pointy end.I then used one of the jewelry making washer shaped gew-gaws glued to the under side of the plastic ball and shoved the needle into a base,then primed and painted them.They are intel droids/drones for my 15mm not Eldar figures.No,I dont have any pictures.

Dynaman878924 Feb 2014 8:44 a.m. PST

Could the stick on eyeballs be used for plungers in 15mm? The kind that have a sticky backing to attach to dolls. My guess is that even the smallest of those is too large though.

Cacique Caribe24 Feb 2014 10:14 a.m. PST

You could use the stick-on half pearls pictured above instead. The smallest ones are much tinier than the "eyeballs" you talk about.


Only Warlock24 Feb 2014 10:42 a.m. PST

Here is my kit bashed Drone to go with my 15mm bug army!


Only Warlock24 Feb 2014 12:33 p.m. PST

Cacique your drones remind me of the Robots from Disney ' s "The Black Hole"! Great stuff!

Cacique Caribe24 Feb 2014 1:17 p.m. PST

It's magic, of course! The magic of a steam rice box wire handle …



… all stretched out and run through the horizontal coin-shaped beads near the top of each drone.


Only Warlock24 Feb 2014 2:06 p.m. PST

Lol my "art of 2010" concept art book has a drawing of a Chinese takeout container as the Chinese spaceship that was dropped from the film.

Cacique Caribe24 Feb 2014 7:37 p.m. PST

It happened totally by accident.

I needed thicker wire to string up the bead drones, and we had just had Chinese delivered.

What can I say!


Would running a piece of wire or a short straight pin through the small plastic donut beads shown here work as a "plunger" for your Daleks?



Legion 425 Feb 2014 8:30 a.m. PST

Some nice stuff there. I don't have any … but I use 6mm Exodus War Kamikazi Hover Drones for some of my units … along with their tracked attack drones …


Cacique Caribe28 Feb 2014 2:19 p.m. PST


Check out what this fella made!



I can see something similar put together using a tack and a "textured" bead of some sort under it. The pin on the tack could double as the stand.

Not sure what was used to make these "hand-made" drones:



And look at this other option, where the fella uses beads:



Another cool example:





Alfrik03 Mar 2014 5:22 p.m. PST

Like the simplicity of style going on in this thread.

Cacique Caribe04 Mar 2014 9:15 a.m. PST


How about threading these tiny 2mm "crimp beads" with wire, to make robotic arms?



Think it might work?

PS. I have no idea yet about hands or clamps though.

War Monkey04 Mar 2014 10:08 p.m. PST

I think they would look like Robbie the Robot that hovers, that would work for many different games, retro, pulp, VSF and many others, I think your on to something there

deflatermouse05 Mar 2014 4:05 a.m. PST

Black Cat Bases do a 15mm BOB. Are they back in business?

grommet3705 Mar 2014 7:58 p.m. PST

There sure is a lot of inspiration in this thread.

Now I want all my factions to have hover drones.

War Monkey06 Mar 2014 12:08 a.m. PST

You know you could make a whole hovering robot army :D

Looking at he very first picture at the top of this post I can see a whole cast system there Hummm

zrunelord06 Mar 2014 11:55 a.m. PST

Dan you could make them out of card like I did my Killa Kans or PVC like I did my Eldar BFG.
The best tool I found to cut card/Pvc real neat, is a flat tipped blade, instead of the normal surgical blade ( think flat wood chisel ). If you press down on one point & wiggle it to the other side it shears the card neatly.I always put a piece of hardwood underneath ( mahogany in my case). You can build almost anything out of card & the right tools.

I'll post pics of my droid soon


Cacique Caribe31 Mar 2014 9:11 p.m. PST

How big are these Lego claws/clamps?





Does anyone know?



zrunelord01 Apr 2014 2:24 p.m. PST

Hello again Dan,
The top claws are around 15mm long & they belong to Lego droids.I posted pics here.The droids that these belong to would be good for 15mm.
This should help.

Unfortunately I do not have of the bottom ones


Cacique Caribe01 Apr 2014 2:50 p.m. PST

Wow. Those claws do look a bit too big for any of the drones I'm making with the beads. Thanks so much for the excellent comparison shots!


Borathan01 Apr 2014 6:53 p.m. PST

depending upon what you want to do with it, one easy one was one of the ball capped straight pins painted up as a Star Wars remote

John Treadaway01 Apr 2014 7:41 p.m. PST

Just plain pins


The desciption of these in the Slammerverse is just of smooth metal balls used in swarms.

This seemed an easy fix.

John T

War Monkey01 Apr 2014 9:53 p.m. PST

Those lego droids could work as service drones as powerloaders and such I'll have to secure a few for the shipping yard :)

Cacique Caribe01 Apr 2014 10:08 p.m. PST

Could these be good for any drone or robot-making?

8mm long. 5mm hole.



Just wondering.

PS. Wow. I just noticed that the lot has 3750 of those beads! I wish there was a way to get just 100 of those, and in the US.

War Monkey01 Apr 2014 10:45 p.m. PST

I don't know, but I can see them used for shipping drums, you would just have to fill them or put a cover on them

Or wheels

Zakalwe6402 Apr 2014 8:30 a.m. PST

The green drone above was made by takiing a large stick-pon and gluing bits of plastic card and rod to it. The pin became the stand.

zrunelord02 Apr 2014 9:28 a.m. PST

You're more than welcome Dan… and I have to convince my son to donate them to the greater good :) , which sadly up to now I have unable to do.
Yes they would make great Powermules.

The droid I did was the NSL one using a Tau helmet & pvc but I shall be posting more droid goodness soon.

Btw you do not need to buy 100 of those beads , just wrap Pc flat cable cut to the length you need , wrap it round a skewer ( choose your diameter,rub some Vaseline on it so that the glue won't stick ) , glue with superglue & you can make as many as you want.Flat cable can be used in loads of projects.

Hope this helps

Cacique Caribe04 Apr 2014 8:42 p.m. PST

I wonder if using a small shirt button for the center disc section, one of those buttons with 4 holes, would allow a good anchor site for four hanging mechanical tentacles:



War Monkey04 Apr 2014 9:16 p.m. PST

I say YES!

zrunelord04 Apr 2014 11:37 p.m. PST

It should,Dan.
Especially if you get a concave + convex one as this will give clearance space for whatever will anchor the hanging things…. but you will need to drill a 4th hole for the flight base.


Cacique Caribe21 Sep 2014 4:03 a.m. PST

Has anyone played around making any other hover robot drones of their own from scratch?

I'm thinking of painting a few of mine like worker drones, in bright colors like this:


And, like the mule robot in that link, maybe adding tiny squares and other small panels here and there might be a good idea too.


Soldado21 Sep 2014 10:37 a.m. PST


not so much scratch built but i use these as recon drones


They are server rack shelf mounting studs mounted onto pins

Im working on armed versions

Cacique Caribe21 Sep 2014 12:51 p.m. PST

Those are fantastic! How tall are they?


Soldado21 Sep 2014 1:33 p.m. PST

here's a scale shot with some of GZGs NAC troopers and matchbox "technicals"


They stand around 30mm high when based without the base they are 18mm tall by 11mm wide around the base its about 8mm around the square area.

By the way I have no idea where you'd get these from, I got them from work where they were being thrown out. I understand that they were supplied with some equipment that we fitted with something more suited to the job.

Cacique Caribe21 Jan 2015 2:38 p.m. PST

If you have some bits left over, here are some of the cargo elements you could make:


They are a mixture of beads and Lego bits.

More pictures here, towards the bottom of that folder:


Comments welcome.


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War Monkey21 Jan 2015 8:04 p.m. PST

Wow! those look great! I guess I need to hit some little kids toy boxes! ;)

Cacique Caribe30 Jan 2015 2:02 p.m. PST

This spherical droid should be pretty easy to replicate for 15mm, I think.

I could use a simple and cheap plastic half-pearl for the top, just as long as there's some sort of narrow buffer between and the body. That would keep the head from gluing flush against the body, which would paint up nicely:



The little "greeblies" could be added before painting.

If only I could get my hands on some of ST Scotty's "transparent aluminum"! :)


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