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  1. StephenDutton

    Blakes 7 K47 Plague Ship

    Here's a photo of the pen used for the cannon barrel. Notice the pattern on the red band. This is at the very base of the cap.
  2. StephenDutton

    Blakes 7 K47 Plague Ship

    Do you know how big it is? It reminds me of the open end of a marker pen cut in half. That would be just over half an inch across. I used lids like that in a modelling project a few years ago to make the cannon on a 40k Imperial Guard Shadowsword but now I can't find that exact sort of lid...
  3. StephenDutton

    Julian Glover on playing an alien

    Now that we're starting to get out of lockdowns in the UK I was able to attend a convention in Leeds today with the Rebel Legion. Among the guests was Julian Glover and I took along a photo of him playing 'Jarak' from the episode "Alpha's Child". When he saw this he said that he expected that I...
  4. StephenDutton

    Eagle Transporter FLEET REVIEW

    An update to my fleet:
  5. StephenDutton

    Scratchbuilt Baneblade - from old White Dwarf article

    The Baneblade is now painted. I also have some scaled shots. First comparing the model to the kits available at the time: Next to the equivalent kits today: and to production Imperial Guard kits: Finally a couple of shots comparing it just to the production Baneblade seen at the right...
  6. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    The track links are on and construction is done: Now it's just a matter of my dodgy painting. I'll put images up in the Dragon's Domain board when I'm done.
  7. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    The wooden dowel has finally arrived so now I've been able to put together the wheels. The front wheels are visible from both ends so they use two of the washers each. I glued a length of balsawood inside the track sections to help align the wheels before gluing them in place and then wrapping...
  8. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    I've now added the details to the model. The sharp eyed among you may notice that this tank is still missing something very important though. It still doesn't have any tracks. This is because the wooden dowel I ordered to make the wheels still hasn't turned up. What I do have though are some...
  9. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    The front turret is supposed to be made from another display base, so lacking any of these I've created mine using a stack of ordinary 25mm round bases and a piece of 2mm thick plasticard instead. You'll notice that I've also cut down the main gun as I said I might. That finishes the basic...
  10. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    I've now built the main turret. Here I encountered two problems. The first was that the floor and roof were to be spaced out using a display base and secondly of course some of the templates were obviously not right. The two upper pieces seem to have been swapped and the sides of the gun mounts...
  11. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    Cutting out the pieces for the engine block and exhaust I again found that the templates were wrong, especially the side templates for the exhaust so I had to come up with the correct sizes myself: You can see the paper templates for the exhaust side in his picture. To the left is the original...
  12. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    For the left side of the hull I'm supposed to use part of a Rhino/Predator chassis. Thanks to the badly converted rhino I got off eBay I have one of these but I'm loath to use it on a conversion so instead I've made something similar from plasticard: The forward hull plates actually fit quite...
  13. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    I dispensed with the templates for the top hull entirely and just cut pieces to fit. You can see here a couple of the templates next to the parts that I ended up making and how different the shapes are. And here is the upper hull just taped to the track sections while I figure out how...
  14. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    I've glued the top of the track sections to the outsides now and cut the inside plates. Notice that the back end doesn't seem to match the slope of the top. Maybe this is for a reason or maybe another template is out and it will need trimming. I've also added on the sponsons to each side. Now...
  15. StephenDutton

    Warhammer 40k - Scratch built Baneblade (from old White Dwarf article)

    Recently I've been putting together a number of Warhammer 40k armies using just figures and models from the first edition of the game, Rogue Trader (so up to 1993) but that fit with the current 9th edition rules. Then I'll be talking about each of them for my YouTube channel, so far I just have...
  16. StephenDutton

    more star wars scratch built weapons

    The new double barrelled Imperial blaster rifle is another weapon based on the venerable Sterling sub-machine gun. Mary-Sue Palpatine's blaster isn't based off a particular weapon that I know of but the grips come from the same Mauser C96 used for Han Solo's DL-44. Boba Fett's EE-3 is a Webley...
  17. StephenDutton

    more star wars scratch built weapons

    Very nice. I've built a few DH-17s over the past few years. First a fleet trooper version to prove that I could, then I built another to correct one slight error to be used with my RFT costume with the Rebel Legion. Then I built a Scariff version for my Scariff marine costume and most recently...
  18. StephenDutton

    How big is a UFO?

    The Gerry Anderson store has a size chart poster that compares the sizes of craft from his various shows. This only has a single UFO that is about half the length of a Space:1999 Eagle and a bit larger than a SHADO interceptor, including its missile. Roughly what you have for size 'C', so I'm...
  19. StephenDutton

    Star Trek 28mm scale movie era shuttle

    A while ago I converted some 28mm scale figures to produce a set of Star Trek figures in the maroon uniforms of the original series movies. This last week I was able to put aside enough time to make a model shuttle to about the same scale. If only I could paint white smoothly.
  20. StephenDutton

    3d printed Ultraprobe cockpit (form eBay)

    My fully assembled and painted Ultraprobe cockpit module. Sadly this shows up the problem I always seem to have with 3d printed models, no matter how smooth I may think I've got them there are always ridges that show up when painted. Still it's still nice to have this one. This model has the...
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