Friday, July 22, 2011

Machinator's Land Raider Mk 1.5

Well, it isn't the Mark I I love so much, and it isn't quite the Mk II Land Raider that Forgeworld Sells, but Machinator (Tom McBride) continues to show us why he is the best commercial conversion artist in 40K.  This time he has taken the best of both Mk I and Mk II Land Raiders and made a Mark 1.5
Mark I Land Raider

Mk II Land Raider

From Tom:

So I took a break from building Fellblades to work on a commission of a Mk1 Land Raider. The customer had purchased the Forgeworld MkII Land Raider upgrade kit but wanted it in an older style. He asked if I could build it using the new Land Raider body but incorporate my Liberator Pattern 1.0s wrapping them all the way around. Always up for a challenge here's what I put together:





As warned working with the Forgeworld kit was a pain in the @$$ as nothing on the body seemed to fit together right. The sponsons were thankfully less of a hassle. But in the end it worked out and looks pretty good.

The treads where a bit more difficult. As they are quite a bit longer than the standard LR treads I had to widen the radius at the very front of the track unit so that they wrapped around properly. This was done by adding a couple of plastic strips that added about 1/8 of an inch thickness around the track front. I then chopped off the raised edge along the top of the track unit and raised it up about a 1/4 of an inch making a continuous path for the treads.

I then rounded off the sharp edges and began putting on the treads and after some adjusting I actually got them all to fit (40 on each side). Finally it was patched and cleaned up. I also added some 0.35 inch rivets to blend together the new with the old.

So now it's off to it's new home. Overall a fairly quick and fun project. 

Tom

1 comments:

Redscorps a.k.a Red said...

Excellent work, really inspirational. I've thought about doing something like this myself (Exposed tracks) with the MkII kit parts and I think you have really pulled it off incredibly well.

Looking at your design I'm not sure I possess the hobby skills yet so might have to keep practicing a bit first.

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