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I have posted a tutorial that is a step-by-step on converting the new Chimera kit to have a set-back turret. It's very simple, and looks much more modern. A simple way to have your transports stand out on the battlefield.
The tutorial can be found here -- http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...n-chimera.html
I do something very similar with my own Chimeras:
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I'm also working on a how-to. Here's the first 2 parts:
I'm using the old kit, though the differences shouldn't be extreme. But I would keep the new side panels as-is, since they don't look bad.
Last edited by SandWyrm; April 16th, 2010 at 01:40.
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Nice. i just finished doing exactly the same thing but i was following Sandwyrm's instructions and adapting it to the new kit. (Its a small world/forum after all)
I also magnetized the two halves of the turret so it can be opened and switched for other weapon options or used as a hellhound varient
I have been trying to look for an old conversion an Aussie gamer did on the chimera where he swapped the turret for a predator turret, as well as moving it backwards to the rear of the hull, as SandWyrm and aeroplane have done. He called it the ASLAV chimera conversion, made to look like the LAV-25's australian version the ASLAV. I think I have the photos on my tower back home, I'll have a scrounge around and see what I can dig up. Kudos for eh good work guys, it just makes the chimera look so much better!
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Those,... look fantastic! I might have to try to do atleast a command chimera like these
Im not familiar w/ it but was plasticard used to join the pieces( the white band)?
*stupid question, i kno, but getting it outta the way*
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yes it isIm not familiar w/ it but was plasticard used to join the pieces( the white band)?
A very good job by both of you , thanx for your inspirational work, well done!
Being constructive I prefer Sandwyrm's version for the follwoing reasons:
It has 5 gunports incl. one that faces foward rather than 2 fixed lasguns, after all the codex states 5 fire-points.
The level front on the raised section rather than the steped back section that is present on the original model but serves no real purpose other than to weaken the superstructure in real world physics terms and be less aesthetically pleasing to my eye.
Now some stuff about the sprues that people inspired to attempt this or similar need to know:
The things I dislike about the new sprue:
The molded on pontoons and engine access plates to the sides of the vehicle. This stops you removing the pontoons as on Sandwyrm's conversion, which makes for a much sleeker and fast looking model (I was hoping to use for a Salamander conversion. Also I had a couple of spare Sentinel engines which I was going to mount on the sides fitting them into the engine access ports; if your going to have a non-tourny legal element why not give it overcharged engines as well I figure?).
They don't provide pintle mounted weapon operators arms so the things just dangle there in undramatic unused poses unless you buy the still available old tank accessories sprue or have spare from heavy weapons crew sprues.
Things I really like about the new sprue:
The footplate marking on the 'internal' floor section which makes it good for raising as a Salamander's floor.
The fact you still get the '__/ ' section that you need for the Basilisk platform support which you can invert and fit on the back for a Salamander conversion, not certain they thought of this when they designed the sprue.
I truth though the new sprues sides are much easier and faster to construct & the pontoons are not as bulky as on the previous model (don't get any spare track to mount as baggage / ablative armour though) & the new sprues search light is smaller and less obtrusive, the hunter killer missile is nicer too, not likely to get much use on a Chimera / Salamander though.
I like the look of SandWyrm's conversions a lot! The raised portion without the notch is considerably harder to model. I was hoping to keep the cutting to a minimum, as well as setting the turret as far back as possible, whilst keeping the firepoint hatch. Aesthetically, I prefer the notch, but that is just me, either way looks fantastic, and much better than stock.
The choice to use the round hatch from the rhino was mainly to avoid needing to scratch build anything. I actually think a flat pair of doors (similar to the rear hatches) would look better. But the PITA factor goes way up.
I completely agree that the old pontoons cut-down and flat look much better than the new molded in (but not as huge) pontoons. Both the cut-down and the new ones look miles better than the old ones that stick way out.
One thing that is completely missing from the new kit is the track covers. Bungaroo and SandWyrm attached them 'backwards' and they look like a million bucks! They don't exist in the new kit.
Anyway, thanks for the C&C, you have raised some good points!