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#1 EasyEight

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 03:42 PM

Howdy,

I know they are called "Robots" but I still think of them as mechs. Anyway, I want to put a tank commander into the hatch of one each US and German mechs. The US mech is easy, the hatch pops up just fine. But the German mech hatch seems either glued on securely or cast in one piece. Has anyone tried adding a TC to a German mech or done other kitbashing? If so, how did you do it. Thanks!!

 

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#2 theguildllc

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 06:35 PM

I built one of the 1/48 plastic kits from dust-models.com and the kits in the box appear to be the same thing, so you should be able to pop open the hatch depending on the type of glue used.  you may have to pop off the whole cupola though, and then add one with a hatch from another 1/48 model kit.  Maybe a panther?  im going to give it a try this weekend, i want to put Von Thaler in one.  cheers!



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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:22 PM

What figures were you going to use for the commanders? Just to say if you want to customise the commander with a gas mask head - west wind productions SOTR seperate head system heads fit quite well - ive aleady done a couple of head swaps on my germans - they do gas masks but with field caps, which would be good for a tanker.



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Posted 14 November 2010 - 03:44 AM

They've got helmets and a couple peak caps too.  Kit bash those heads + BAM's new plastic germans + GW's IG = mmmmm....



#5 EasyEight

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 03:55 AM

Hadn't thought of using SOTR masked heads, I was planning to use  28mm Bolt Action german tank commander or 1/48 Tamiya crew figure.



#6 EasyEight

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 06:07 AM

I removed the handrails located next to the cupola (I was able to wiggle them free) and then used an exacto knife to pry open the hatch. I used steady, gentle but firm pressure to get the knife tip under the hatch and then twisted the blade and the hatch popped off. In looking at the figure scale either a Tamiya or Warlord/Bolt Action TC would look good. I like the idea of using a gas-masked figure as well. Maybe an SOTR gasmask head on a Tamiya crew torso??

 

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I built one of the 1/48 plastic kits from dust-models.com and the kits in the box appear to be the same thing, so you should be able to pop open the hatch depending on the type of glue used.  you may have to pop off the whole cupola though, and then add one with a hatch from another 1/48 model kit.  Maybe a panther?  im going to give it a try this weekend, i want to put Von Thaler in one.  cheers!



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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:24 AM

I just used the exact same method to pop my hatch and i put a spare Von Thaler as commander.  the photo is on my photobucket as for some reason this comp refuses to upload my images to this forum.



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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:18 PM

Im going to a convention on sunday where west wind games are attending. - i have a load of UNA AT-43 figures i want to convert as well - not sure if they will make better germans or americans (paras?). base - figure size is the same, and again west wind heads fit fine when you pull out the head. SO ill be getting several head sets, plus some nazi wearwolves

 

Also again have some of the UNA 1 man mechs - think these would make good germans - just exchange the Laser guns for MG 42's.....

 

Still thinking of buying another copy of the game at the convention... groan.....



#9 EasyEight

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 08:01 AM

Can you please share the photo?? Thanks!

 

theguildllc said:

I just used the exact same method to pop my hatch and i put a spare Von Thaler as commander.  the photo is on my photobucket as for some reason this comp refuses to upload my images to this forum.



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Posted 16 November 2010 - 03:06 PM

EasyEight said:

Can you please share the photo?? Thanks!

 

 

 



#11 theguildllc

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 04:03 PM

i put a 'work in progress' picture up on my photobucket account (photobucket-theguildllc-dusttactics).  for some reason my laptop doesnt let me post images or links to images on this forum so i put them on photobucket or boardgamegeek.



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Posted 20 November 2010 - 06:14 PM

ok, she's done.  (photobucketed)



#13 BigDogg

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 01:54 PM

Top notch again, you've inspired me to finally start painting mine.


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