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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Jul 2016 4:43 p.m. PST

I continue to work on these great little landers from 15mm.co.uk

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As folks may recall these were originally part of the Traveller Laserburn line from TTG. I bought a bunch of them when they were on sale to form three squadrons of Germano-Dutch landers for Hive, Queen and Country. To do this I will be adding a top deck and a turret.

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I decided to work on my resin casting skills and made a top deck from scrap plastic and space hatches. This then became the master for a one piece resin mold.

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I still need to put hatches on the turret, add a weapon or weapons to it and add props to the stern. I am thinking in terms of weapons either a short 75mm howitzer (like early German MK IV tanks) a 37mm Hotchkiss Rotating Cannon, or two water cooled machine guns. What do folks think?

Mute Bystander Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Jul 2016 7:11 p.m. PST

One of each per flight of three?

kidbananas27 Jul 2016 11:05 p.m. PST

I really like the idea, but the turret you selected doesn't work for me. Maybe a French or British interwar/early war turret would look better. I also think the 37mm rotating cannon is a must.

Lion in the Stars27 Jul 2016 11:54 p.m. PST

Hotchkiss rotating cannon, definitely.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jul 2016 6:41 a.m. PST

The French cast turrets didn't look right. I put on some British cruiser tank ones but I wanted a German turret. I tried Panzer III but they looked small. To me these looked good BYMMV.

A lot comes down to personal taste .

pvernon Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2016 2:08 p.m. PST

How about a P II turret with the Hotchkiss, or it too small?

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jul 2016 4:38 p.m. PST

I think a Panzer II turret would be too small for a 37mm HRC. You need room either for the loader to crank it or for a motor of some kind. Also the ammunition feed and for a gunner. Also, and this is my personal taste here, I like the size of the Panzer IV turret. The spaced armor makes it look bigger but not too much bigger. To my eye this just seemed to balance. Again, this is to my eye.

Covert Walrus08 Mar 2017 2:13 p.m. PST

Any more progress? :)

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 4:22 p.m. PST

I am about to start!

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

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The turrets are either Gaming Models British cruiser tank or Battlefront Panzer IV and the guns are shapeways 37mm HRC barrels. The deck is scratch built and then resin cast

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 9:35 p.m. PST

Holy cow, that looks like quite an impressive fleet!

Dan

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Mar 2017 4:38 p.m. PST

That is only part of it! There is an American Squadron and a British one as well.

Plus some other squadrons and several heavier vessels as well.

Come to Origins and take command of a squadron!

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Mar 2017 4:42 p.m. PST

Here is the British squadron

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The models are from Gaming Miniatures!

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Covert Walrus16 Apr 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

Spectacular work there!

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 4:22 p.m. PST

Thanks Walrus!

Personal logo John Treadaway Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 9:35 a.m. PST

That is very impressive!

John T

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

Thanks Mr Treadaway

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 5:39 p.m. PST

I'm still on the other side of the quibble about the German turrets, but everything else looks jake.

The Brit flying boats look especially fun. The quibble about too stubby wings died on my fingers… ;->=

As always, of course, all quibbles are likely to expire after the finish paint.

Oh, boy, I can hardly wait. Even if it's another three quarters of a year.

Doug

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Apr 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

Doug
the wings are more for control than lift, because the vehicles have aerolith panels for that purpose

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