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One of my favorite GI-Joe toys of all time was the Cobra Command Stellar Stiletto.
I remember buying this beast with saved up allowance money when I was a tyke.
So now I want to find a way to revive it in my 40K Chaos army by modifying it to
match a Hell Talon, same rules, same points, same armament.
What I need to remove:
Any txt molded into the body
Any holding pins for weaponry
What I needed to add:
A new cockpit to seat 2 Marine pilots -Hell Talon has 3 but whatever
Chaos trim to the wings
A Twin Linked Las Cannon
What I needed to improve/detail:
The side engines greeble areas
The rear engine exhausts
The front nose cone
The front engine greeble areas
The rear tail area
I proceeded to cut out the cockpit area to make room for my new c>ockpit, cut out the area
for the auto cannon mount, clip & sand off any molded txt and weapon pins and glue the top
and bottom halves together.
I started by digging up enough bits to make the 2 pilots.
The front pilot is flying the vehicle, while the rear pilot is kinda fused in there, more like a servitor
The front controls are comprised of bits from a AMT/Ertl Batman Batboat kit, so is the seat.
The side walls are made from sheet styrene with assorted details and controls.
I added some tubing to the rear pilot to show how he is fused into the vehicle.
I decided to use part of the original canopy as "trim" for the new cockpit.
I simply sawed off what I didn't want, sanded smooth, then added rivets.
Over all I needed to add rivets in the right areas to accentuate the design as well as add
that 40k feel. Extra piping and bitz details were added to the engine side greeble areas
on the top and bottom.
I sealed off the big open hole in the back of the tail fin with sheet styrene, added a few
random pipes I found and tubing from a chaos defiler
I used 2 Tau landing gear. Clipped the pistons and glued the bottom pads to the underside
of the hull. As if the gear was retracted.
I made this from the barrel of a predator auto-cannon and 1 half of a twin linked bolter;
housing built from sheet styrene. I cut a section out of the top right of the stiletto,
then simply placed the housing in there and trimmed to fit
Twin Linked Las:
I'm not exactly sure where I got this las from, but it ended up in my bits box.
I trimmed the outer housing from the bolter turret housing on the top of a land raider
and used brown stuff to fill the gaps.
Technically this vehicle has 8 bombs. I decided to make 2 bombs and use the lower fuel tank
shape of the stiletto as a housing for the bomb deployment device. I cut two rectangular holes
in the backs of the tanks, created 2 compartments out of sheet styrene and misc bits.
The bombs themselves are Baneblade shells with tail fins from old Imperial Guard Smart
Missiles. I created the bomb holding claws by thinly slicing Styrene rod and trimming where
needed to make the right looking half-circle claw shapes. I used the left-over hydraulics from
the Tau landing gear as the bomb deployment arms.
I replaced the rubber nose cone with left over plastic nose cone from some long forgotten
jet model I had laying around in my bits box. I cut the tip off and inserted a circular vent
piece in the back. This is to sorta mimic a Battlestar Galactica Viper I detailed the engines
with joint plates from an Imperial Sentinel, random tubes, some plastic rod, and added a
few rivets in the right areas.
I have some updates and way better pics.
I made the wings from sheet styrene using the same technic I did to make my chaos Patrol boat.
I measured the existing wings, made a template in adobe Illustrator, created a chaos trim overlay to compliment it. I them printed the pieces out, spray mounted them to sheet plastic, cut, then peeled the paper off, glued with styrene weld, sanded smooth, drilled holes and added rivets, then attached
them to the model.
In my bits box I found a turbo exhaust from an AMT/Ertl Batman Batboat kit.
Too bad I only had 1 of them, but not to worry, I'll make a quick RTV Rubber mold and cast it in resin.
I then added some spoilers with sheet styrene.
Final check then priming:
I just did a run through, looking over for any details, seam lines, unfinished business.
Then I gave it a nice coat of Grey Primer. What a difference the primer makes.
I know I want it to be rusted and decayed a bit, but still chaos undivided.
I still need to work on the canopy, which has become a royal pain in my arse.
You're right, the primer does make a big difference.
It's looking great. The detail on the wings is fantastic. It that glyph really just cut out of plasticard?
WOOOOOW!!!! I wanna make one!!! *reps all over*
It really does look a whole lot more 40k-ish with the primer, I could actually invisage this making strafing runs at guardsmen (pfft)
A very wonderful totally wicked idea mate!!
Are you gonna paint it any specific legion colours?
The front bit is ribbed for her... uhm... never mind lol.
Looking good! Solid conversion!
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Yeah I just used thin sheet plastic and a stencil I made to cut the chaos glyphs out on the wings and top fin. Then sanded then down and added rivets made form thin styrene rod.
Zemaphore, would you expect anything Slaaneshi to not be ribbed?
I mean it's a jet dedicated to teh pleasure god after all?
Thanks for the compliment! Yeah I can totally see the strafing runs too. I'm keeping this one Slaaneshi (but not bright pink). I mean it's already called a "Stellar Stiletto"....
It will be shades of deep magenta purple, chipped rust areas, dark grey trim, and the occasional, but not overwhelming use of a bright fuchsia. Similar to this sonic dread I painted a few months ago:
Great job man! On both the plane and the dreadnought!
damn man! its amazing how much that GI joe plane looks like an instrument of chaos now.
and how the damn hell did you manage to cut out those wicked wing details by yourself without the use of some CNC equipment?
I've tried cutting stuff like that before and it just goes so terribly wrong, even with lines to follow!
Here's the trick to doing chaos trim like that:
Start by designing a pattern on paper with a fine line pencil, or use a drawing program like Adobe Illustrator (what I use). Design them to size, print out the shape, spray glue it too a piece of thin sheet plastic, then cut away. Use a fresh sharp blade, on a cutting mat, to allow some give. It takes a few tries to get the swing of it, but at this point I can cut a stencil piece out in a few mins. Once cut out, peel the paper stencil off of of the piece, use plastic weld to glue it to the surface, then after it's dry sand it lightly to get rid of jagged edges or remaining glue residue.
I am attaching a jpeg of my stencils made for this project and the spray glue I use.