Sunday, 5 December 2010

Bitz Box Bonanza


Had a reorganise of my bitzbox and found I had more sentinal bitz than I thought I had (namely two complete cabs) so I took a stab at making heli-sentinals. I've seen a few similar things around the blogosphere, so can't really give credit for this one, i'll just admit this one was inspired by others rather than myself.

I think these things will fit in nicely with my guard air cav army I mentioned in my last post. I hadn't intended to include sentinals, I wanted it to be entirely airborne, but these should fit in nicely.

Just letting the green stuff dry, and then I've got to find a way to mount them on flying bases. That should be "fun" :-S

8 comments:

  1. With that rather large arm for the props I'm assuming they're prone to tipping - might be worthwhile to do a magnetized flying base to help keep them steady.

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  2. Well sat on their skids they're actually pretty stable - with the way it leans over the cab I'm guessing the centre of gravity is in a fairly good spot. Of course, I haven't tried balancing them on a flying base yet :oP

    I want them to be leaning slightly forward which hopefully should counter any stability issues putting them higher will create. Right now my problem is how to attach the flying stand to the model... I'm thinking the ball and socket type bases I got a while back with some Tau piranhas would probably work, but not sure if you can buy them directly so may have to find an alternative solution.

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  3. They look cool. If you cant get the right bases for them just use flying bases and drill a hole big enough to fit about 1.5cm in, did this with all my hammerheads and devilfish and they couldnt be more stable

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  4. The problem with drilling the flying bases directly in is that there isn't an obvious place to drill into for starters (the sentinal not being designed to be ON a flying base in the first place :oP) and second that would see it sitting level - whereas I would like it to be leaning forward.

    Looking at the best place to put the ball and socket flying base, the second half of that could still be a problem. And I have at least found what I'm looking for on Bitzbox, though they are out of stock at the moment *mutter grumble*

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  5. They do look pretty good mate, the only criticism I can think of is that the blades look too angled forwards.
    With regards the bases, I would be tempted to use the regular sentinel base with a flying stand off pole angled at the back, then pinned in place, leaving the majority of the model over the centre of the base while helping it look 'in motion' with the angle on the pole.

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  6. Interesting idea Ken... though I still think I need the ball and socket joint to attach to the chopper in the first place. This may well allow me to still angle them forwards though, and if I ever get the bits I need I'll certainly look into that :oP

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  7. I don't think you would need the ball and socket joint, all that does is allow you to angle the model on the base. You can do that by pinning the base in the underside of the model.

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  8. You misunderstand - one of the reasons I want the ball and socket is that if I trim the peg off the socket I will have a large surface area I can glue to the base of the chopper - the chopper won't work well with sticking a flying base into it, as it was not designed to be fit onto one.

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