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29 Jan 2017 7:16 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 5:53 p.m. PST

Another set of bottle caps glued up and ready …

Pop a cap!

… to be hooked up with a mouthwash bottle and make 28mm sci fi landing craft.

I suppose I will eventually use a couple for 15mm sci fi, and even in some fighter based combat games as "base ships".

Mako11 Inactive Member29 Jan 2017 6:14 p.m. PST

Those look pretty cool.

Love the inventiveness, overall shape, and thrusters.

Thanks for sharing.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 6:47 p.m. PST

Very cool idea. I made a couple classic flying saucers by gluing togehter the top and bottom of a decorative bird feeder. Spray painted them bright aluminum, and added a bubble to the top.

Oberlindes Sol LIC29 Jan 2017 6:50 p.m. PST

Brilliant work!

phssthpok Inactive Member29 Jan 2017 7:26 p.m. PST

Yes I have used the same bottles for space ships. Strips of zip ties work great as louvered gratings.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 7:37 p.m. PST


The H Man29 Jan 2017 8:02 p.m. PST

They look good. Ideal for gaming.

I made a ship recently for film tests. Basically two spray cans and a load of gubbins. Looks cool enough, lights and all.

I do agree with the chap on using cable ties, and any thing else you can find. The ships just look a tad bare to me, detail wise. Stuff I glued on:

Bases from aquarium plants, 2 glued to make pod additions.
Screws on their heads.
Staples in strips.
Nail gun nails, or unbent strips of staples.
Wobbly eyes!!!
Caps from actylic paint tubes.
2 liter bottle lids.
Capacitors (transistors, resistors)
Electrical wire for cabling and pipe work.
Sprue and spare model bits!!!
So on and on and on…

Layering stuff up works. A bottle base, bottle cap additions, then larger plates of detail (strips of stuff, textured stuff), then loads of tiny gubbins!!!

Keep up the good work.

Legends In Time Skip Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 5:21 a.m. PST

Very creative.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 6:43 p.m. PST

Always wanted to do Listerine bottles, even in different sizes.

Alas, I wanted the neck as rocket nozzle, but couldn't find anything good for the bow/cockpit. I came close with some plastic Xmas ornament disks.

I suppose I could have cut them down a bit and had something like an Eagle.


War Panda30 Jan 2017 9:04 p.m. PST

WOW…that's amazingly creative…no trash we be viewed in the same way from hence forth :)

I've just expanded my horizons on all kinds of gaming genres recently and these type of posts are highly inspiring…do you have your own website? The Link isn't to your site methinks

Thanks again

tkdguy31 Jan 2017 1:03 a.m. PST

Nice work!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jan 2017 7:38 a.m. PST

Thanks all.

Actually, the link it to my website. If you go to the title bar on the top of the page, there is a link to the "idea archive" which contains a (very poorly organized)list of my conversion project WIP (of varying degrees of utility) over the last few years.

I went back and forth about how many greeblies to put on them. I decided to go more minimal for this set. I have had success in other projects with the labels and adhesive tags on the containers looking like panels when they were painted over. I probably should have put some tape on the bottles to create more of a paneled effect.

Terry3731 Jan 2017 8:17 p.m. PST

Really darn creative!


War Panda01 Feb 2017 6:04 a.m. PST

Ahh I see that now…thanks

BTW my 10 year old is drinking mouth wash like since I made the mistake of showing her the pictures of the Landing Ships-project for next Saturday :)

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Feb 2017 7:24 a.m. PST

If you can get her to brush before each gargle, that will be a win!

I know a lot of people use body wash and deodorant containers for 15mm vehicles. Maybe we should get some of those projects posted to support people with teenage sons?

War Panda01 Feb 2017 5:04 p.m. PST

Making the world a safer and more pleasant place to live isn't very high on my list of life's priorities but if it means more 15mm deodorant gaming I'm all in.

Considering the state of most gamers BO is it possible to leave the deodorant containers full?

The H Man02 Feb 2017 2:06 a.m. PST

Don't forget the first 40k tank was a deodorant bottle. I think it was Rick P who made it. Saw it in a white dwarf once (before it all went bad).

Oberlindes Sol LIC07 Feb 2017 3:43 p.m. PST

@War Panda: It won't be just trash that you look at differently. When you're buying shampoo, hand soap, etc., you should be looking at the bottle. The products are pretty much all the same anyway. (That doesn't apply to your wife's shampoo: You should buy her the exact product she asked for. Trust me.)

Food packaging is a great resource for science fiction buildings. You won't look at carry-out containers, salad boxes, or instant noodle bowls the same way.

Re: Tiny gubbins. Black Widow Pilot advised me get some acrylic rhinestones from an arts-and-crafts store, and that was good advice. From turrets to landing feet, they improve every scratch build.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 6:00 a.m. PST

I once suggested to Howard Whitehouse that since the (family size) JIF peanut butter jar lid was just the right size for a grenade template under one of his rulesets, that he package a jar with every book.

Food packaging is a great resource for science fiction buildings.

You would be surprised how many of my 15mm sic-fi colonists live in the upside-down bottom of egg cartons.

zrunelord08 Feb 2017 10:38 a.m. PST
tkdguy09 Feb 2017 12:15 a.m. PST

Great idea!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Feb 2017 7:57 a.m. PST

zrunelord. Those are great. I could easily see them in a Judge Dredd scenario … hmmmmmmmm …

zrunelord09 Feb 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

Thanks etotheipi ,
Yes,you're right,they're generic enough to be used in a various scenarios.

I did them mainly for a spaceport scene & will,time permitting do more.


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