Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eldar Pegasus Super-Heavy Flyer Scratchbuild - Part 2



Back on September 21st I published the first part of an article on a really interesting Eldar Super Heavy Flyer by Andy Hicks in the UK.  This is by far the most ambitious scratch build I have ever seen for 40K. 

You can find Part I here

From Andy:

By far my most ambitious project to date, the Eldar Pegasus is a scratchbuilt superheavy transport. Its design is based on a tiny image of a vehicle from a piece of artwork of the Lugganath craftworld, seen in the 5th edition Warhammer 40,000 main rulebook. The concept for it had been floating in the back of my head since the rulebook was first released, but I only recently came up with a design that I was happy with. This is intended to be my last project before I concentrate on completing my other half-finished conversions and start actually painting my collection...

date: 2011 - present
components: Parts from 4x Eldar Falcon kits, 1x Wave Serpent kit, 1x Forge World Type II Falcon conversion kit, 1x Forge World Phantom Titan D-cannon, 1x Forge World Phantom Titan torso, 1x Forge World Firestorm targeter, 66x custom laser-cut anti-grav vanes (2mm acrylic), plasticard, Green Stuff, White Milliput, sytrene tubing (various diameters), 6mm diameter clear acrylic rod, neodymium rare earth magnets (various sizes), brass rod.



A detailed, 1:1 scale concept sketch of the underside of the Pegasus. At this point it became apparent that the unusual, undulating edge of the forward prongs would mean that I'd have to make custom anti-grav vanes, since I wouldn't be able to re-purpose those from a Falcon kit.

The forward hull continues to be assembled. This section of the Pegasus is as wide as a Type II Scorpion is long...


I decided that the troop compartment was too big, so I reduced its size significantly. Despite this, the footprint is still over 8 times larger than that of a Falcon, allowing for a theoretical capacity of up to 50.


The reduction in size of the troop compartment has improved the proportions greatly
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Another, more complete mock-up of the Pegasus. At this point the wings pylons were shortened as I wasn't happy with the proportions.


The upper hull, which can be removed to reveal the interior of the Pegasus.


The front prongs of the Pegasus.


The Pegasus starts to come together, with most of the major components now glued together.


A shot of the work-in-progress interior with the upper hull removed.


Close-up showing the paths of the planned panel lines on the upper hull.


An updated shot of the underside. The port side is virtually complete at this point.


 A dorsal view of the Pegasus, with most of the panel lines completed and only some minor detail work on the starboard side of the vehicle left needing attention.

Check out Andy Hicks blog with more photos of his build here.

Alec


7 comments:

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Atreides said...

bloody amazing. makes my own efforts (which seem to go down well with most people) look pretty pathetic!

Mordian7th said...

Holy smokes that is an ambitious project! Really amazing work so far.

Rictus said...

Outstanding. I'd never have the balls to try and scratchbuild Eldar vehicles.

War Frog said...

My god I so want to try building one of these.

Michael Butcher said...

Well done, it looks like a kit (I mean that in a good way!)

Kiour_gr said...

Truly amazing, could you please tell me how you carve the lines in the plasticard? And how do ou get both sides perfectly identical?

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