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RetroBoom11 Mar 2016 12:13 p.m. PST

Anyone have any suggestions for tank models that can be easily converted to VSF tanks? I'm looking to play 6mm, and considered using Dystopian Wars models, but they're just too small to fly. I'm thinking of converting 15mm tanks to give the sense of landships I'm looking for.

I was looking as maybe the Tog, T28 and 35. Any insight on what tanks work and maybe simple conversion techniques?


Lion in the Stars11 Mar 2016 12:29 p.m. PST

any of the inter-war or early WW2 tanks, particularly those made by minor powers, are a good start.

Then add a coal bin and tall smokestack at the back, plus more rivets.

There are also the Quar tanks from Zombiesmith: link

Winston Smith11 Mar 2016 12:33 p.m. PST

In 28mm, I converted 40K Rhino tanks because they looked so WWI.
Most Great War tanks have a VSF look to them, particularly the FT17, Whippet and MkIV. 15mm Great War tanks would have that big and awesome look in your preferred scale.
As for conversions, are they needed? But if you want to, simply drill holes and insert brass tubing as smokestacks.

Jozis Tin Man11 Mar 2016 12:38 p.m. PST

Try adding smokestacks to a 15mm A7V, I think that would look good in 6mm.

Tommy2011 Mar 2016 12:44 p.m. PST

I'm a big fan of using the Saint-Chamond for VSF.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2016 1:04 p.m. PST

The Lee/Grant would be a good one.

Allen5711 Mar 2016 2:10 p.m. PST

I do not like using easily recognizable tanks for conversions. Oh! look! an A7V with smokestacks. Sorry, that's my take. Suggest finding something obscure in SF tanks or vehicles and converting them. Battletech, MechWarrior, Scotia Grendel, etc. Bit more work because they are modern looking and need to be retrograded. Complex conversions of WWI and interwar tanks/vehicles will work. For a landship you might try one of the Russian BT series.

boggler11 Mar 2016 2:22 p.m. PST

How about these:


boy wundyr x11 Mar 2016 3:12 p.m. PST

Irregular had VSF vehicles in their 6mm sci-fi line. Some of the alien vehicles are VSF-ish too.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2016 4:07 p.m. PST

I go with small power interwar--if you consider the US a small power in the period. Try an M2 "Mae West" and add smokestacks to taste.

Dragon Gunner12 Mar 2016 8:19 a.m. PST

All quiet on the Martian front has a bunch of vehicles you may not need to convert.

other options…



KV5 ( any of the KV series)


Tog you have already mentioned is an excellent choice.

If you can find one and I have never seen one is the Japanese ONNI / 0-1 series they were never made and exist on paper only.

I would also recommend some French early war / post war designs they look rather bizarre.

Captain Gideon12 Mar 2016 8:57 a.m. PST

If you're looking for 6mm then look at what Brigade Models does.

They do a range of Land Ironclads that go with their AERONEF range of Sky ships.

Most of the Land Ironclads have smokestacks as well.

donlowry12 Mar 2016 9:45 a.m. PST

VSF?? Very Soft Front?

DyeHard12 Mar 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

Victorian Science Fiction:
I am a big fan of this stuff, so I am going to go on for awhile here. My target scale has been 15mm, link
But for 6mm I think I have some sources as well.

This is a little photo spread of some 15mm tanks that may be of use: link
The actual tanks are from Bluemoon's WWI line:

From Gaming Models are the WWII tanks (This is a great source):
Italians: link
Japanese: link
Russian: link
Belgium: link
And French: link

Mostly a few parts cast in resin, not hard to modify or rework.

The non-historic tanks are from Proxie Models. The exact ones are no longer made, but better ones are:

You could always build your own from card, as I have shown here: link

Now the world of plastic models. If you like kit-bashing there are a lot of 1/100 scale and some 1/144 scale to pick from. Some of the better ones for your VSF in 6mm would be:
This last one is a great source as both cheap and not so iconic as to distract.

kahunna12 Mar 2016 10:37 a.m. PST

Don't forget Mott Applesauce single serving containers (though the older ones are best).

tsofian12 Mar 2016 4:43 p.m. PST

I have done a huge amount of work with Gaming Models, Craig is great to deal with and his models are inexpensive and very nice

TheBeast13 Mar 2016 9:25 a.m. PST

Don't forget Mott Applesauce single serving containers (though the older ones are best).

And you can't have mine! ;->=

Has anyone tried using the RAFM Cyclops for 15mm? I think it may be a bit tight for 25/28mm. In 6mm, it'd be a three-wheeled monster!


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