Tuesday, November 1, 2016

From the Workbench: Da Orksair!

The Corsair conversion has begun. Its a 1/48 scale Revel kit, cost me @ $18 at the local Hobby Lobby. Not a horrible kit, but basic and for the novice modeler. This would not be the kit any contest modeller would build (unless he/she was a masochist) due to the raised details and glaringly simplistic fit issues, but considering the horror I'm about to put this kit through (or I should say the horror Oddnutz and his mek crew are going to put it through)... it will serve very well.

The fun part for me, with kits like this is searching the kit for the copyright date on the mold. Though it looks like this kit was cast in '07 (at least the decals and instructions are from then) the actual mold is from 1963.  Older than the Ol' Rednekk himself... and that's sayin' something. The wonderful thing, compared to the Hellcat, is that the plastic is not as brittle as cheap glass.  Its as cooperative as any new kit, so there are no excuses on this one down at  Da Mekkshop.

Before we jump in, a fuselage size comparison of this one and the other fighters that will be converted in the short term.

On top, the Corsair. Then the GW Ork Fighta bomba.  Then the P47D Razorback. And finally the Japanese Mitsubishi J2M Raiden.  Here's what the Corsair fuselage looks like after some basic cutting. They'll all have a similar take on this profile.

Any self respecting aircraft modeller always starts with the cockpit though.  In this case, since its not for a 1/48 scale human and Ork proportions are definitely different, to build the cockpit you have to build the pilot.  And since I need 3, time for Doc to snip some legs.

Three sets of standing legs cut off around the groin/hip area - because I don't have extra trukk drivers or the like.  But, its an easy enough conversion, especially since most of the nasty looking bit will be hidden.  A bit of clipping and filing and the line up pretty satisfactory for a sitting Ork with his feet on pedals.  Adding the torso is a little trickier because of the way it normally fits. I wanted a slight recline, so I fiddled around until I got the right look. I'll be sculpting parachutes/seat cushions and some flight gear looking stuff after they have dries.

For the arms I used some fantasy spearman arms. When I first started my Ork army I was under the impression you can never have enough boyz. At the time I was working a lot of hours too, so picking up a box here and there ended up swelling the collection and since fantasy ork parts and 40k ork parts were basically interchangable... you get the idea.  I used a left arm that had a small knife. Clipped the knife and handle with the goal of having this hand on the throttle.  The other arm is a spear arm, which gives me a "grab and go" control stick- with some clipping.  The throttle arm needed to be cut at the wrist and the stick arm below the bicep.  Once I'm done sculpting the flight gear stuff, I'll attach the arms and resculpt any major muscle groups that need it.  For now, that leaves the Ladz in this sorry state.

    "Oi, wot you seein' da Dok fer, 'umie?  Maybe 'e can make you less weedy. Ahur-hur-hur."

That is likely NOT the head I'll be using, since I just realized I have some storm trooper heads that could save me a lot of sculpting, but there are bomberjacket/vests and the like.  More on that in a few days

Cheers Yall! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I could be working on models, but....

The latest last minute project for the wife's kindergarten class in progress.  Nothing quite like getting a "Hey can you do..." in the late afternoon the day before you need it.

Also tearing apart/reorganizing the art/hobby room. Its 1am right now and still have a way to go on the dragon, but the Ork pilot parts ARE on my desk. Depending on how long it takes me to ransack the hobby room and catch a nap or two I should have at least the first cockpit pretty well built by Wednesday, so keep an eye open for that update. Until then.... I have to get back to work. Thank got for Pandora on my laptop.

Cheers Ya'll!

Update: The finished product. Drugs are bad, M'kay?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Out with the old kit, in with the new.

We survived the Hurricane with a little screen damage on the back deck, otherwise those of us inland were very,very lucky.

Now that that's all over its back to sneaking in some hobby time.  I spent a few hours on the hellcat. When I was done, I gauged the frustration and lack of progress against the time I spent and decided that old model was just too damned brittle to keep fooling with. But, while that particular model kit didn't cooperate much due to advanced age, I have a few more that the Orks will be happy to loot and fly!

 Greggles will be pleased to see the one in the lower right corner. And there is also this monster, which I'm sure I can make some sort of Mek plane out of.

Thank God I didn't get to go to the local IPMS show this last month or I'd probably have half a dozen more and an angry wife.  I DO have two dakka jet kits on top of this mess.  So, the end result will be a bit of an air armada.

I also picked up Killteam, the Genestealer Cult codex (which I absolutely love) and a Goliath truck.

On top of all this fun, I have had the chance to work on some artwork and will hopefully have a 40k comic up within the week.  First modelling priority will be Ork pilots and cockpits. The scale challenge (which I figured out by shattering that old Hellcat kit) is how the cockpit will work. SO, I've decided to build the basic cockpit "tub" and pilots first. While the Me110 will be a special one. I'll do the 3 single seaters first, so that will be the next post. A bit of scratch building 101 and making a standing ork sit.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Major Nelson is in danger!

I'm 60 or so miles in land, but Matthew is on his way to visit Cocoa Beach.  That little crappy house that Major Nelson has in trouble. Luckily, he has a genie.....

Catch ya on the other side ya'll!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A pause... for craziness.

Sorry gang,my hobby time has been minimal. I've got a new job and now we are preparing for the arrival of a Hurricane tomorrow.  I'll get back to hobby stuff after the storm.... or maybe during it if I don't lose power.

OH!  Aaaaaaand I bought the Kill Team box.   Expect some kill teams in the future, after I get teh orky air force started.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, September 23, 2016

A quick bit of Cursing.

Dammit,dammit DAAAAMNITT!!  I try to stop buying miniatures or starting a new army and GW goes and does THIS!

Really, I've waited 25+ years for this.  I'm all over it like a pig on a corn cob.

As for the rest, I started a new job with the City and its been a bit of a challenge getting used to my new schedule, plus training etc. But things are setting into a normal pattern and I have started to work on Ork pilots. Yes, plural.   I'll drop a cockpit(s) construction update Sunday or Monday.  The boyz have found a few junkers laying around. Greggles will be especially pleased with one of them.

OH...community question. Has anyone got the killteam box?  I'm wondering what the killteam army guidelines are. You  know. 1 HQ, 1 troop, etc. If you wan to share the info. I'm thinking it'd be something to do to Complete some of the small projects I've started, like the Apostles of Quetza.

That's it for now, thanks for your patience while I get settled into this new gig.  Regular updates from now on.

Cheers Yall!

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Saga of the Orkkatt: A quickie.

Still struggling with the brittle plastic a bit, but I got some planning done.  Going to start the cockpit tub and pilot tonight and tomorrow, so a "proppa" post inbound Wednesday.  In the meantime, I have a patient.....

My 65lb couch potato has managed to get a bladder infection, so we've been spending a lot of time together. The docs got her on the meds and no stones, so its time to mend.  But, like the recent acquisition of a new job and the latest version of "Master of Orion"(I'm a strategic game addict.... I have a problem), its dug into the hobby time a bit.

As for the Orkkatt, the lads are working out the piddly details. As much as I'd like to do those inset wheels, that may change.  Unlike the Raptor Marines Storm Budgie , with Ork aircraft there can always be plans made on the fly and last minute changes. The Hellcat has a lower wing plane than its predecessor and was a rugged, dependable gun platform. The numbers of which made up for some of its performance shortcomings.  They were credited with 5,223 enemy aircraft, more than any other naval aircraft. Here's a neat pic of a wartime F6F with more than a little battle damage. Talk about a rugged aircraft....

That's it for tonight. Going to get a good night's sleep and hopefully spend a good part of tomorrow in the hobby room.   If you haven't caught it (or clicked on my link at the side), you should check out Greggles Orky Conversions while you are waiting for me to get our pilot together. As always, quality orkiness that would make any Warboss proud! Problem is, Ol' Genrul Rustbutt saw those converted Knights and is now obsessed with getting one.

Cheers Ya'll!