As mentionted in the previous post I started to work on my first chimera count as. A kit bashing of tamiya and 40k model kits. And as the standard tamiya sdkfz wasn't available I bought the Rocket launcher one. So my first conversion will not only be a chimera but also a manticore count as.
|Missily Death awaits.|
Ok, lass knacken! We begin our Sdkf-Chimera with the tamiya kit.
|It is the "Stuka zu Fuss" kit in 1:48. Costs around 22€.|
|Read the frakking manual. Front AND Backside.|
The basic idea is to use the tamiya kit as the backbone of the chimera-count-as and put on additional parts to make it 40kish. A must are the weapons at least, but this can be done easily. The second part will be the hardest in building the suspension, ie. the tracks and the wheels out of GW-parts. At my first plan the tracks will be build out of the old chimera kit sideskirts and the wheels are made out of scout-space marine biker wheels.
So I first put the main body of the model together and fixed it with some tape.
Then I made some size camparison.
|The picture was taken after some of the conversions.|
I then began to build sdkzf tracks out of the old chimera kit.
|Top is the complete one (other side of course),Middle is what is left after top and bottom is cut, Down is the completed three parts.|
All credits goes to 8rad at WIP as he invented this construction as far as I know for his sdkfz conversion. Work_In_Progress by 8rad.
But he made it along the whole section, I build a shorter version for my 1:48 kit. I cut the lower level of the sideskirts and then a line of the top two milimeters. And then glued them together. Also I shortened the length of the section by cutting out 1 or 2 centimeters.
Here the size comparison after finishing it. Befor I made a cut I measured everything a hundred times of course.
|Looked fine at that moment.|
I then used some greenstuff to fill the missing parts.
|Greenstuff to fill the gaps on the outer line.|
|Not final status.|
The Modell itself was then pimped up a little 40kish.
|Backdoor made out of the chimera kit.|
|The 6. Panzerdivision Baran comdemns torture in any possible way.|
Once wrenched enough I put some model glue between his legs and after it was dry his legs stayed that way. Hell the Imperium hadn't hero sized legs on their mind when they constructed the Baran Sdkfz 251/1.
A picture on his place at the controlls.
|"What do you want!? I'm driving!"|
Ok, the main part is now the manticore thing. I wanted to mount rockets on the outside of the halftrack. So I thought of 6 Hunter-killer missiles, or maybe the four original one of the recent manticore kit. All of them would have worked. The hunter killer missiles even could have been put in the original wooden boxes out of the tamiya kit. But as I cut the pilot out of the sentinel kit my eyes fell on the missile launcher. Usually they aren't the weapons of choice for the sentinel as multilasers and autocannons are much more fun these days. Anyway I had one sentinel kit and the missile launcher fitted nicely on the frame. So I bought three others from a guy from my local gaming league who had just bought another guys Blood Pakt army. A real nice one btw.
Anyway, I glued the first three on the original 28cm Rocket frames.
|"Wooosh! Wooosh! Wooosh", The German Rockets.|
I know that the most bottomed rockets will fly into the directly forward placed launcher, but hey, thats the transport mode. The threes on the left side will need of course the skulls to be reversed, as they will be glued on topside down. Well you will see when they are finished, I think I can build something out of the Imperial Guard skull insignia from the tank sprue.
|Left side, two launchers missing.|
So I'm still in search of sentinel missile launchers, If you have one or two please contact me.
The launcher frames aren't glued on yet, and I'm thinking of letting them stay free to put on. This would actually give me a free chimera If I don't need a manticore for that game.
Ok thats all for today. Next time we will see how I have completely miscalculated the height of the track section and the size of the wheels. Of course after I have bought 12 scout bike wheels from an american bits dealer.