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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2019 11:37 p.m. PST

Okay, a quick show of hands. Who wants a 1/96th 1/100th scale, SHADO Moonhopper / Moon Mobile for their 15mm troops to ride in, and for others, and/or aliens to fight against?

This will be available in 1/72nd scale shortly, from Fantastic Plastic, but I'm trying to convince the manufacturer to make a smaller scale one too, to go with our 15mm troops. Seems like the perfect ride for those GZG Moongrunt miniatures.

I'm guessing at least a few of you may be interested.

I want two of them, myself, in the smaller scale.

I'm willing to bet John Treadaway will want a pair too.

So, feel free to chime in here, or send the Fantastic Plastic people a note (Allen Ury is the person I've been in contact with about this possible project) to let him/them know about your interest too.

I imagine if they hear from enough people, this might actually happen.



Hamilton09 Jul 2019 7:10 a.m. PST

I would purchase one or two for 15mm.

Mad Mecha Guy Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jul 2019 11:00 a.m. PST

I was working design inspired by this but other stuff in front of it.

Micman Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2019 11:53 a.m. PST

I would love at least one.

Any idea of the cost? Fantastic Plastic tend to be spendy do to the limited production runs.

AVAMANGO09 Jul 2019 12:11 p.m. PST

Nice if the price is right…🙂

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2019 2:32 p.m. PST

A 6mm one would be good

surdu200509 Jul 2019 6:15 p.m. PST

I would rather see them in 1:48.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 5:09 a.m. PST

If we get 50 preorders, the 15mm scale one will be produced, according to Allen's response.

Checking on 1/48 – 1/56th, and 1/288th – 1/300th.

Volume-wise, 1/56th, which I've read is compatible to many 28mm scale minis, works out at about 2X 1/72 scale, in terms of resin volume for a model.

1/48th would be over 3X the cost of the 1/72nd scale, I suspect.

The 1/72nd scale model is $85 USD, plus shipping, so you can do the math for these.

My guess is more people will be interested in the 6mm scale one than the larger, 28mm one, due to costs.

Not sure if Allen will consider producing them in either of the other scales, but I've inquired.

Hopefully, I can provide a cost estimate for the 1/100th scale one, soon.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 5:12 a.m. PST

1/100th seems best to me currently, due to the availability of the GZG Light Vacc Troops for the Aliens, and the Heavy Vacc Troops, and/or Moongrunt figs for the SHADO astronauts.

Gonna need some GZG Light Vacc Troopers/Aliens with bazooka-like weapons too, to take on these Moon Hoppers, since I doubt small projectile throwers, or light hand-held lasers will get the job done.

Astronauts with bazookas/missile launchers are available for the human contingents, for Moongrunt.

Of course, there are some very nice, 28mm Aliens too, appropriate for the UFO TV series, so………

I'd love to have at least one Moon Hopper in the larger 28mm scale, as well.

surdu200510 Jul 2019 3:33 p.m. PST

For the larger scales, I would hope that the model would be built in hollow halves to reduce weight and cost.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 6:29 p.m. PST

I got a reply back from Allen, and it appears it won't be much cheaper in the smaller scale. He's suggesting $75 USD for the 1/96th – 1/100th scale model, due to the labor involved in making them.

Don't know how much interest, there will be at that price.

Lion in the Stars11 Jul 2019 1:52 p.m. PST

Yeah, that's really painful for a piece of scenery. A really cool piece of scenery, sure, but scenery nonetheless.

3d Printing seems to be the way to go for the 15mm or 6mm Moonhopper.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2019 6:55 p.m. PST

Would be for 6mm perhaps.

I imagine 15mm 3-D printing would be double the price of what he's asking, given how expensive 1/1200th and 1/600th scale minis are.

Plus, I haven't found a 3-D art copy yet. There's a blue one on Google images, but it's really no longer there, which is a shame.

May have to try scratch-building, which I'd prefer not to do, but can't afford $150 USD+ shipping for two 1/100th scale models.

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