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i'm looking for a sorce for platiccard for my battle wagon conversion. i found a website for "taskboard", which i might try. not sure how sturdy it would be.
Any advice on a battle wagon conversion is welcome
For tools, I find that a flat cutting board, a modelling knife or scalpel, and a metal ruler works best. Scissors tend to bend or warp the card when cutting. To cut the card, mark the line you want to cut with a pen and using the ruler as a guide, score the card lightly with the knife. You will find the card will snap along the scored line when gently bent. If you try to cut all the way through the card with the knife, you will find it is difficult to cut a straight line as the blade will be turned by the plastic and you will end up with a wobbly or multi scored edge.
For glue, I prefer to use liquid glues such as Humbrol Liquid Poly; a glue that is applied with a brush, that melts the plastic surface and then allows it to set. It is very easy to apply - just hold the edges of the card together, apply a drop of the liquid and hold it for 20 seconds as it flows into the join and weld the two pieces together. No messing with nozzles, blobs or strings or glue at all.
I find the best way to make a complete battlewagon is to plan it as a series of boxes. IE a long wide one for the passenger section, another for the engine section etc,
adding extra ones for turrets, superstructure and gun decks as needed.
The boxes don't have to be square, as you can angle the sides to give the vehicle shape or vary the number of sides to make triangular, hexagonal or octagonal shapes. You could, for example, make a simple landraiderish type battlewagon chassis by making a large cube, then glueing a triangular cheese wedge box on the front.
An important thing to remember when designing a model is that plastic card has width. If you cut out six pieces of 2mm thick card into 30mm squares to form a 30mm cube you will find you have a gappy or oddly shaped cube. You will find 2mm has to be cut from some of the sides to account for the thickness of the card. So when drawing your plan, keep the thickness of the card in mind, especially for the smaller sections.
I always make a 3D plan of what I am going to build first on squared paper, working out the measurements of the individual sides from the drawing. As I dont like to waste the plastic, I then make a rough mock up out of cardboard for the tricky bits to make sure the pieces fit together ok. Once I am happy with the basic design, I then cut out the pieces from the plastic card and glue them together. If keep hold of the original plans and templates, you can use them to make more models/give you inspiration in the future.
Once you have the basic chassis made, start decorating it with hatches, armour plates, wheels, gunports, ladders, dents, bullet holes etc. Then paint it. Then use it in battle.
Here are a few pictures of battlefortresses I made entirely out of plastic card.
They both used the same plans for the chassis, but have different superstructure, turrets, etc.
Start with a simple design to begin with, then slowly build on it as you gain confidence and skill. If you arn't happy with how it turns out, pull off the bits you dont like and put some more bits on instead. The more you work on it, the more orky it will look. My black battlefortress have been rebuilt eleven times so far, and I'm still thinking of ways to change it.
Thanks for the post. I forgot i started this thread. Your picts were realy cool. i'll look around for a store. thanks again