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I have been working on a Drop Pod force for about a month now and I needed a DP for my Dreadnoughts, and this is what I built.
In the construction I use Foamcore, and poster board paper. I use the paper as reinforcing angles on the corners. I started using this approach when I noticed that the triangle shape really did not want to keep together, after adding the reinforcement to the corners, inside and out. it really increased the rigidity of the pod.
I have built 4 troops and 1 and Â½ Dreadnought DPs. And plan to have a total of 8 troop and 2 Dreadnought DPs
I need some new ideas on how to hinge the doors, right now I am using duct tape until I find a better idea. The duct tape will come off easily. I put a magnet on the top of the door to keep it latched when it is up. I plan to put a stormbolter on the top, when I get the bits. And I plan to put some grating on the floor of the interior and on the exit ramps.
That pod looks excellent. I think you could stick with the duct tape and hid it well enough with some screen for grating.it will probably take a little skill, but it looks like you have that and more!
Hope this helps.
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Its really good i love it can you make templates? I wanna do some!!
It is kind of hard to make a template of this Pod that I made, since I did most of it from scratch, and a lot of trial and error, and a lot of custom fitting.
However, below is the link for the troop pod that I made. I used this template at 120% or so (however big it needed to be for the dread to fit the door). Then I printed out 3 copies and started to edit the design until I got the product you see here. Like I said it was a good amount of Trial and Error, and taking a little off the edge to make the piece fit just so, even then some parts still had gaps, (hint * that is one reason I used the paper on the edges * shhh do not tell anyone)
If you need the template just Google DIY Drop Pod and it is a UK site, it is good stuff.
Out of all the pods that I saw on the net, This is one of the best, I think, also it is easy. I really do not like the PVC, (I am sorry if I make you mad for those who use PVC) But this design is just better, plus it some what looks like the FW DP and the box shape is like the one pictured in the SM Codex. Also you can actually put troopers in side, maybe not 10 SM but atleast 6.
I will be building a third Drop pod next week, and will do a designers notes and pictures.
Last edited by Darkomis; November 19th, 2006 at 10:25.
That looks very good. Well done. When it comes to hinges you will be looking for something smaller than average. The kind of thing that is used on a jewelry box. I suggest you look in craft stores and ask for help. If they don't have what you need because it is unusually small someone will probably point you in the right direction eventually, smaller stores are best for this kind of advice.
I am very positive about your progress and everything, but I have to suggest strongly that you edit out anything about templates. This is a forum no-no.
Sorry, but them's the rules.
Otherwise, yeah, its sick!
You really did an excellent job with that drop pod. My only suggestion would be to add some small rivets to it with a small hole punch. I did it with my battlewagons and it really added some depth to the model. Overall, very nicely done and i'm sure when you paint it up it will turn out nicely.
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