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    Default Let's scratchbuild a Spartan Assault Tank!

    So I'm trying to build a Space Marine Spartan Assault Tank, which costs £98, plus 12.5% postage. **** spending that kind of money! Time to break out the plasticard and get scratchbuilding.
    Reference: http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhamme...AULT_TANK.html

    This project started when I found this on eBay. It's a prototype from a guy who makes mdf buildings and scenery. I got this for £15. The body was made of 2mm mdf, and the tracks of cardboard.


    As you can see, there's no detail, and the mdf details that are there are a bit... spare. Plus the tracks look bad.


    Initial skinning of the tank. I hated the cardboard tracks, so I got rid of them. I mulled over buying some pre-cast ones from Blood and Skulls Industries, but elected not. So, I had to make every track link by hand.



    ******* there were a lot of track links.


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    Like, more track links than I expected, and I expected there to be a lot. Total track construction time: three episodes of 'The Killing'.


    It's beginning to take shape. Here's the roof in progress; it took about five hours.


    Here, I'm starting to build up the side panels. The roof is almost finished. The gun turret in the front took ****ING AGES to get right. So ******* fiddly...


    Both side panels done. Total build time, an episode or two of 'Helix' and a really bad horror film called 'The Tattooist'


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    Hey mods, I'm trying to add pics, and this new forum keeps making it impossible.

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    Okay, I'm hoping this works. I've had nothing but problems with the forum doubling up the number of images I have posted for no discernable reason.

    Sponson guns added. I had to scratch build both sponson, then cut and modify the guns in order to get them to fit correctly


    The engine. I hate making curved surfaces. Hate, hate, hate it.

    Build time, two episodes of 'The Musketeers'. Good show - it's what 'Atlantis' should have been.
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    I'm interested to see what your costs are for the whole project, materials and time wise

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    I had my doubts when you started, but it looks like it's coming together in the last image. Great foresight!
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    Here's the finished thing, primed and ready for painting.







    I'm interested to see what your costs are for the whole project, materials and time wise
    Costs:
    Initial tank - £15
    Lascannons - £8 (sourced from http://www.bitsandkits.co.uk/)
    Plasticard (three sheets total) - £4
    Styrene Rod (four lengths) - £1.20

    So total cost maybe about £30 all in?

    In terms of time? No real idea. Probably about a week of solid converting fun. If you're a gamer, it's not worth it, but I'm a modeller, so it totally was.
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    Default scratchbuild...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoffWarboss View Post
    I'm interested to see what your costs are for the whole project, materials and time wise
    No kidding! A work of art, for sure, but given the hours and hours...and more hours, and yet even more hours...well..my time is worth more than a few dollars per hour when the overall project is done. Add in the costs of supplies for the MDF, plasticard, bits, etc, and I can't believe this project will be cost effective. Beautiful work but wow - a price to be paid.

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    Depends what you enjoy doing with your time. I loved literally every moment of making this; modelling is when I am at my most happy. My time is worth quite a lot per hour, but that means literally nothing here. I loved making this, so the fact it saved me money is only a bonus.
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    Nice work! Although those treads still look way too smooth to me.

    Your plasticard work looks far superior to the exposed MDF!
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    The treads will be weathered during painting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Browntj007 View Post
    No kidding! A work of art, for sure, but given the hours and hours...and more hours, and yet even more hours...well..my time is worth more than a few dollars per hour when the overall project is done. Add in the costs of supplies for the MDF, plasticard, bits, etc, and I can't believe this project will be cost effective. Beautiful work but wow - a price to be paid.
    yeah, thats what i was wondering, i'm handy with plasticard, but i prefer painting to modelling, yeah, I think for me, time isn't as easy to come by!

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    I'm the other way round; I enjoy painting, but I ****ING LOVE modelling.
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