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Mad Mecha Guy11 Dec 2014 5:49 a.m. PST

Now for something Really BIG……

'NeNow' Hercules Drop-Shuttle.

Is based on the foam card Hercules shuttle design by Neil Nowatzki []

After being provided with plans I have redone the design for 2mm MDF.

60L x 40W x 15cm High
Pod: 34L x 15W x 7.5cmH, Bay Doors 6x6cm.

To make the Pod Doors operable, will need small RC plastic hinges & some 2D x 1mmH round magnets.

I am doing a Vehicle pod design with two 12cm doors on each side, will sell both as a whole kit & a separate interchangeable pod.

Price: 40.00GBP (takes several sheets).




Should I rename it the Canada Class?

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Dec 2014 6:42 a.m. PST


Chatticus Finch11 Dec 2014 6:52 a.m. PST

Hot damn! I LOVE this! I cannot wait to be finished moving so I can get myself one of these (or maybe even two!)

(Major Disaster)11 Dec 2014 7:46 a.m. PST

How much would the shipping to Texas be? wink

LordNth11 Dec 2014 7:56 a.m. PST

Like DIY but someone has cut the pieces for you. Super!

Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Dec 2014 8:01 a.m. PST


(Major Disaster)11 Dec 2014 8:28 a.m. PST

As a friend of mine on Facebook suggested, the Hercules might make a good CapShip for use with 5150: Fighter Command or 5150: Carrier Command thumbs up

ski206011 Dec 2014 9:01 a.m. PST

So, at 28mm scale this looks like a great dropship for 15mm. Those bay doors look big enough to offload 15mm vehicles being 6CM across. You can probably get at least a medium tank or armored vehicle in there.

Man… figure out what postage is going to be to the US. Multi-scale dropship…. yes please!

Mad Mecha Guy11 Dec 2014 9:05 a.m. PST

Dear Maj Diz Aster

Allowing for box & bubblewrap one would weight 1.6kGs so postage: £19.00 GBP.
Can sent two (approx 3kGs) for £19.50 GBP or three for £23.05 GBP (go on you know you need 3!).

It is ready now, have modified the design slightly in adding a etched hatch on both side of hull near cockpit.



Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Dec 2014 9:26 a.m. PST

That's not bad at all… any way we could get a photo with a 15mm figure next to it?

This is awesome!

Mad Mecha Guy11 Dec 2014 9:32 a.m. PST

Will have to take pictures tomorrow (night time in UK) & a bit too big to photograph on table.

Haven't finished the vehicle pod design just yet, have to tweak the internal walls so can keep extra couple of walls for strength.



(Major Disaster)11 Dec 2014 9:55 a.m. PST

Thanks for the shipping info MMG wink

Have to see how much "discretionary funds" will be available from my next paycheck wink

notes O Canada… notes

AVAMANGO11 Dec 2014 11:53 a.m. PST

Yikes that really is a beast… the surface detail looks really good but im not to sure about the etched F1 designation on the side fuselage but other than that it really is a very impressive piece. The two external gun turrets can easily be sourced from a wealth of model kits as was mentioned in the original post, i am looking forward to seeing a couple of comparison photos next to some 15mm vehicles and troops just to grasp the real dimensions of the massive monster i reckon that you could probably play a small scinario on the surface of it. zac

Mad Mecha Guy11 Dec 2014 12:10 p.m. PST

The F1 & W5 weren't supposed to be there, just forgot to delete them when doing cut (oops).

there are 3 hardpoints turrets, one is under the chin.

AVAMANGO11 Dec 2014 12:20 p.m. PST

The F1 & W5 weren't supposed to be there, just forgot to delete them when doing cut (oops).
I assume you can go back so that could be corrected i think it would be worth your while. :)

Mad Mecha Guy11 Dec 2014 12:33 p.m. PST

Have already corrected the cutting layout to remove these along with a couple other tweaks.

Lion in the Stars11 Dec 2014 1:05 p.m. PST



Mako1111 Dec 2014 1:35 p.m. PST

Looks great!

Wish I could afford one.

Dementation11 Dec 2014 1:53 p.m. PST

I might just get one to use as a gaming board for 6mm, it's definitely big enough!

panzersaurkrautwerfer11 Dec 2014 2:14 p.m. PST

Well. Add this to my "someday" pile. Might be a good centerpiece for a Nostromo on LV-426 type table for some aliens goodness too.

jimklein196611 Dec 2014 4:05 p.m. PST

Very cool

War Monkey11 Dec 2014 4:22 p.m. PST


AVAMANGO11 Dec 2014 10:05 p.m. PST

Those bay doors look big enough to offload 15mm vehicles being 6CM across. You can probably get at least a medium tank or armored vehicle in there.

Damn i just visualized 8x Shaman hover tanks disembarking from the dropship bays…

Mad Mecha Guy12 Dec 2014 2:30 a.m. PST

Have some pictures:



AVAMANGO12 Dec 2014 7:03 a.m. PST

Those bay doors look big enough to offload 15mm vehicles being 6CM across. You can probably get at least a medium tank or armored vehicle in there.

Damn i just visualized 8x Shaman hover tanks disembarking from the dropship bays…

By Zeuses beard there is a disembarking Shaman the gods do work in mysterious ways… :O lets see if any are still looking in my direction, i want to win next weeks national lottery. :) zac

War Monkey12 Dec 2014 1:36 p.m. PST

Those bays look as they could handle 15mm Mecha as well.

One could reduce the hieght of the bay doors a bit to give the idea of more space for crew quarters.

Cergorach13 Dec 2014 4:46 a.m. PST

I'm curious how this will look painted. How well the etching confers panels and details…

AVAMANGO13 Dec 2014 6:58 a.m. PST

If your a half competent painter with a few skill i think you would be able to make the model look like something a bit special a watered down layer of wood glue to seal the MDF and a few coats of spray primer and you will be good to go, the etched detail looks to be deep enough to take several paint washes and dry brushing about them. A project this big just need some pre planning for example not only do you have the outer fuselage and general surface to paint weather and add decals but you also need to think about those plain looking cargo/ hanger bays they are just screaming to given a interior garage theme and that cockpit needs a clear or tinted perspex screen fitted behind the strut frame work to. It looks to be a daunting job but once started and your into the swing of things i think it could be completed in a reasonable time period. :) zac

Mad Mecha Guy14 Dec 2014 7:09 a.m. PST

How about if I also did a Mini-Herc?

A half sized version with interchangeable pod for couple of tanks?

Have finished the design for the vehicle pod.

War Monkey14 Dec 2014 7:34 a.m. PST

Half Size would be rather cool, I would think? the larger one could be the like the C-5 Galaxy and the smaller one could be like the C-130, just a thought. ;)

Lardie the Great14 Dec 2014 3:04 p.m. PST

Hopefully the mini herc will be useful for 28's as well, can't believe that there aren't more 28mm dudes excited about this… maybe they didn't read the dimensions.

arngrimson14 Dec 2014 3:15 p.m. PST

MMG could you increase the width of the pod slightly? As I would like to have a cargo pod that could carry some of your containers in it, I was thinking of either 2 or 4 cargo holds (either 1 or 2 a side, with a separate cargo door for each hold probably 60mm wide/high?) with a 40mm section in the middle with catwalk/stairs bulkhead either side doors on ground level so crew can get to & inspect cargo in flight. 60mm for container 40mm crew area inc bulkheads & 60mm second cargo area so would need to be at least 160mm wide, or maybe slightly more, instead of the current 150mm.

AVAMANGO14 Dec 2014 5:23 p.m. PST

I would love to get the full scale version it would look magnificent on a large 6x4 games table, but i know i would have issues finding somewhere to store it. Now thinking out aloud here but would it be possible to re-design it so that it could be stored away and slotted together again in maybe two or three sections when needed?

Mad Mecha Guy14 Dec 2014 10:30 p.m. PST


It can be stored in three sections:

Main Wing
– would need to glue the upper & lower engines onto it to hold together. Best to glue some plastic strip/panels across joint on top of wings (would be hidden inside upper engine block.

Pod – have to build this as a separate block anyway.

Front fuselage: this has to be build as a separate piece when assembling the model. With a bit of fettling it could be made easier to slip on & off when needed.

The Winglets (tailets?)
- can be held in place with magnets if needed, would need to file the lugs slightly so can more easily remove them


Could do a larger pod as a separate item, but not able to enlarge within the whole drop shuttle cutting template (no spare space). In 15mm, using the vehicle pod version, can get 8 of my 9x3x3 containers on each side.

Did not post on 28mm as did not think '28mm'ers would of been interested, but have done a version for 28mm by adding a etch larger airlock.

comstarhpg18 Dec 2014 2:33 a.m. PST

MMG when can we order this beast ?

Cheers Matt

Mad Mecha Guy18 Dec 2014 2:51 a.m. PST

Though not added to website but can be ordered now.

I have designed the vehicle pod, two doors(11W x 6cmH, each side.
For 15mm version have etched a hatch on either side of front fuselage & done a 28mm version (same size but with bigger hatch & slightly bigger windows)



comstarhpg18 Dec 2014 3:21 a.m. PST

Thanks :)

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