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yet another thread from me asking for advice, this time regarding using the Predator kit to make both a Predator and rhino from one chassis.
Basically I've got the chassis pretty much built: treads, inside, front etc are all on. This is where I've stopped, as I want to make the whole thing modular, and need your advice.
1) Rhino. Quite simple really, I want to make the Pred interchangable as a rhino. I've left off sticking the turret roof (the one with the hole in) so that I can swap it for the standard rhino roof, but I'm a little unsure of the doors, as I've got the sponsons to think about... I was thinking of either using magnets (will need help there on how to do it, as its been a while) or simply gluing on the normal rhino doors, not using sponsons at all, and only ever equipping the pred with either an autocannon or T/L Lascannon
2) Inter-changable main gun. Again, I want to make the Pred's main gun switchable, so I can choose between the auto and lascannon. How would I do this?
3) Inter-changable Sponson guns - same as above. How could I go about this?
I'm not going to be much help sorry...
Firstly, is it worth all the extra work ? I calculated I was better off paying out for extra models and making them "fixed" rather than the expense of the tools, magnets, time spent on the mods, and inevitable loss of some of the interchangeable bits.
Secondly, you want the option of side sponsons especially for the auto cannon / heavy bolter predator, so you cant really glue in the rhino doors. On the plus side, interchangeing the sponson weapons is easy - just dont glue the little top bit that looks like a targeter onto the sponson weapon shaft. Having said that, its a very small bit and easily lost.
My final argument for glueing things solid; How many times have you seen tanks deployed with missing hatches ? I think they look lame, and spoil all the work spent on painting. Bits are too easy to lose - I lost a whole dreadnought the other day !
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i did it... it took for ever a lot of effort and more magnets than i wanted but it can be done... my way wasn't the best way honestly but i can tell u how i did it if your interested
Any and all advice is appreciated - even if you don't think you did it well, it'll at least give me somewhere to start.
I already have a bunch of small magnets, and pretty much all the tools to do it, as I've done it before (mostly on Tau Battlesuits), but it's been a while, hence me asking for advice.
And about the sponsons... yeah... I kinda glued the targeter on haha, but I have just managed to pull both of them off now that you've said it, so yup, we're back to the point where I can interchange weapons How do I do it?
Also, how would I go about magnetising the doors/sponsons onto the vehicle?
As a matter of interest, just in case I resort to gluing the whole damn thing together, whats the best set-up for preds?
Last edited by Blackadder; March 2nd, 2012 at 09:15.
Glue the predator pylons in the side ports with this stuff, then when you want to swap it out, just pull it off and peel the paste blobs away, and school glue the other bits in place.
Just a dab, by the way, you add paste along the whole rim, it might actually put up a fight.
That how I have been doing it. I keep an elmers school tube in my armycarrier to temp replace broken arm bits, mid game, and so I can peel off weapons that were "destroyed"
I broke the heavy bolter pylon axle with mine, though- the pin in socket joint is just too tight all by itself. But again, simple humble school glue to the rescue!
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BLACK ADDER NEEDS HELP?! WHAT IS THIS?! Just putting beams of sprue across the inside of all the hatches and sections should work fine. I places plasticard rod on the backs of the sponson section and put magnets inside, and on the door section, just drilled a small hole and set the magnet inside. Should be simple enough for genius of your calibre.