Vrooom vroom and other tank like noises

Not too much new to report, but I do have a bit more work done on the Command APC I am constructing.

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It is actually starting to look like more than a box.  The whole piece looks sloppy as I just applied green-stuff to cover the worst of my “weld-jobs”.  The photos are terrible and wash-out all the details of the engine compartment.

I am very happy with how the turret turned out.  The boxy irregular shape is very striking both modern and the silliness that is 40K.  The round assembly to house the mechanisms looks very sharp.  The optics will likely get a housing and a secondary lens.

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The Remote Weapon System looks a little silly with such a stubby heavy bolter, but it is very compact.  If you didn’t notice from the previous picture, yes it is built to rotate.  And very astute reader those are buttons for the idler and road-wheels.

I also added a hull heavy bolter.  It would actually fit, and wouldn’t be any more cramped than some early vehicles.  What would suck is if the link bag came undone since the poor driver would have hot brass falling into his lap.  What kind of a half-wit would design such a vehicle?

Another detail I am happy with is the gunner episcope above the driver hatch.  It seems like a natural spot and gives the gunner or officer on board a view port without climbing out of the family hatch on top.

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In brain-storming with a mechanic, he gave me the idea to add fuel tanks to the back like all Canadian light armour.  Although not clear in the shadows, the fuel tanks even have caps on top.

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A closer look at the exhaust.  Modeled after (again) Canadian light armour.  The muffler connects directly to the engine compartment with the exhaust pipe bent around the hull.  The awkward gap and weird spacing spoke to me: that is exactly where military manufacturers like to put useful and often needed kit.  Spare button becomes spare road-wheel.

Now the little plastic drivers will curse my name as they awkwardly wrestle heavy road wheels on and off above a hot exhaust system.  Imagine for a moment trying to lean over that while turning a wrench.  Don’t you have to go to school to build these things?

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Since it was in the background anyways, here is a close-up of the guard as an ongoing project.  A few old models to get finished painting and a few to be assembled.  I am using several Necromunda models to represent veteran soldiers alongside Gaunt’s Ghost models.  I have carefully removed all Imperial iconography (aquilas, the prerequisite skulls, etc) to reflect a planetary defence force.  Coincidentally it means they can be fielded as allies to nearly any army.

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The young Lieutenant and her command section posing with their APC under construction.  As you can see they are at about 80% finished.  I like to paint eyes dark and then dry brush over them.  It gives automatic eyelashes and leaves the eyes a bit shadowed.  Another Necromunda model, a bit more uniform so she became an officer.  The other officer is in a dress uniform with a squad of well camo’d soldiers.  He will be the Company OC, a bit over the top but good (I guess).

The next stage of construction will see the tracks being built and the kit added on.  I am going to make some tools to attach (shovels, pry bar, and an axe are all easy), a tool box, the driver’s personal kit, a cam net, and likely some spare parts (maybe a second road wheel and likely a couple links of track).

I’m not 100% on the side skirts after all the work I did in making the torsion bars (only to cover them up).  On the other hand, I didn’t do return rollers and the side skirts will let me get away with not detailing the parts of the track not visible (under the track guards or on the ground) saving me a lot of frustrating work.

Overall I am happy with the progress.  I find it fascinating that I find the faults and flaws with this little tankette and realize they are exactly the sort of thing you hear muttered by tank crews the world over.  I guess that means it is a very realistic design. 😛

I hope something here inspired somebody.

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