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stroezie19 Mar 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

Sometimes I get an idea to build something, not because I need it for a game but just because I can.

So I built this today, say hello to my little retro scifi tank ;-)

Sadly, as is often the case, I got so caught up building the thing, that I completely forgot to take pictures during construction.
To atone for my sins I'll try to give you a list of the components used.

5mm foamcore for the main hull.
The drives are a 6mm bead, a piece of tubing from a kids balloon and a .177 air rifle pellet.
The turret is a 10mm bead which has been ground down almost but not completely halfway and the barrel is the gas vent valve from a mini bic lighter.

All in all this was an easy and fun little project, I hope this will inspire you to try some scratch building yourself.

Also for those wondering, the minis in the pictures are GZG NAC troopers which I added a green stuff helmet crest and a cape to.

Hope you enjoyed my idle afternoon's labour as much as me ;-)


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 2:32 p.m. PST

Its a flying bender bot with GUNS! thumbs up

Oberlindes Sol LIC19 Mar 2017 2:35 p.m. PST


Redroom Inactive Member19 Mar 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

very old school, thanks for sharing

Zargon Inactive Member19 Mar 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

Straight out of Tragan Empire from those magazines for kids we used to read, loved that series.

stroezie19 Mar 2017 3:10 p.m. PST

Straight out of Tragan Empire from those magazines for kids we used to read, loved that series.

Trigan Empire and Storm are some of my all time favourite comics and a lot of my scifi gaming borrows heavily from them so that is just about the nicest compliment you could give me. Thanks.

Legion 419 Mar 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

Cool ! thumbs up

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 3:37 p.m. PST

Looks great- and the bright, cheerful paint job really sells it.

…a .177 air rifle pellet.

That's a great idea!

JMcCarroll Inactive Member19 Mar 2017 4:00 p.m. PST

Maybe a clear base to raise it up a bit? Looks great!

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 4:15 p.m. PST

BB8 smoking a cigar while on a raft?

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member19 Mar 2017 4:23 p.m. PST

I can't think of a better reason for doing something like this! :-)

Good job Stroezie!

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 5:54 p.m. PST

Looks great!

Grimmnar19 Mar 2017 9:27 p.m. PST

This so reminds me of another tank i have seen that is like this. It is a bigger scale though.
With that said though i am so loving this. Basic and wickid in a small scale and made from nothing.
I so love when i see things made from nothing into something.
Keep it up.


stroezie19 Mar 2017 11:03 p.m. PST

This so reminds me of another tank i have seen that is like this. It is a bigger scale though

Well, that could be because I made one like it for my 15mm Trigan Empire inspired forces ;-)

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 5:03 a.m. PST

You can…and you did. Great vision and scratched finish product!! "You the man today," IMHO.

Dynaman878920 Mar 2017 5:05 a.m. PST

I like it, all it is missing is a little "Marvin the Martian" sticking out of the turret.

HexWarrior21 Mar 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous! Love the rather sinister look of the 15mm version.

And inspirational like a lot of us oldies, 30 years ago I was scratch-building almost everything as there weren't models; this has made me realise I should get the tools out again and have some fun! Enough whinging about what's missing from 6mm ranges let's get back into making them ourselves :)

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