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Thursday 27 February 2014

40K CQLG Airbase part 2

As I said in part 1 I was undecided about something on the landing pad & that was if I should have it raised or not, I decided not to raise it as I have a GW one that will be part of this project, so this one & the other one I'm going to make will be on the ground.

So since my last post I've been able to get first pad finished, the gate house done & the 3 watchtowers done as well, now tbh there wasn't a lot in doing the gate house but the towers took a bit of figuring out which was cool.

Now as I promised I'll do a wip on anything that's of my own making if not there will be a link, so without further ado we'll push on starting with finishing the landing pad.

I cut out a base a little bigger then the pad & leaving a place for the steps to go.

I put a bead of painters filler a round the edge to bed the pad down on.

I stuck a few of these to it as well to support the inner of the pad

Here's the pad on the base

Now to build the steps I used cork of these  with some of the same platting for the pad

with the steps in place all that was left to do was to add the other little wall from the GW cities of death sets.

There we have it the finished pad ready to be painted up.

I've got to say I very happy with the way the pad turned out & it cost  very little.

With the landing pad out of the way we'll move onto the gate house.

I changed the building style on this a little bit as I put down the floor & then build a round it.

I glued the two side walls in place so I could get sizes for the other two walls the window cut out in the same as the other.

The door as you can see is dine different from the other buildings in that its cut around the floor.

The roof is just a piece of cork with a few little cork blocks glued on the under side to hold it in place.

Then its just add the matches at the door & window & put the pliant a round the bottom of the walls.

Job done.

Last but not least we've the watchtowers, I felt that the lower frame work for the towers I need something to help me keep everything the same so I made up a couple of jigs.

I started with a rough plan of what I wanted to do, sorry about these first couples of pictures been sideways

here's the two jigs I made.

The first one is the outside profile of the supporting frame

This one is for the cross braces

Use the jig to make the cuts on the braces.

Do the same with this one & when you've got them both cut sit them into it & glue the cross braces to them.

Here you can see one side of the frame  in the jig.

Now removed from the jig you need to make to of these Again sorry about the picture

When you got them made up sit them both into the jig.

Just like you did before glue in the cross braces then turn it over & put the other braces in small fingers will really help at this stage.

The lower frame complete

The distance from outside to outside at the top of the frame above it 42mm so I cut the floor 52mmx 52mm from cork.

on the underside of it we need to make a timber frame

the finished floor.

I cut two strips of thick card one was 25mm & the other was 8mm

I then glued the 25mm card a round the floor.

Keep the bottom of the card flush with the timber under the floor.

Then glue in 4 corner posts these are 40mm long.

The 8mm card glue on flush with the top of the posts.& make up a roof  from card & wood the very same way you did the floor.

The two towers I've since build the third one.

I think I'm save up here.

All taken a part for easy storage.

So thanks for dropping in I hop you enjoyed it & found it useful & please call back again.

Sunday 23 February 2014

40k CQLG Airbase

So with real life getting back out of my hobby I've been able to make a start on the first battlefield project which is going to be an airbase.

What I'm going to have in this will be, 3 billets or huts, a control building, a gatehouse some watchtowers, a hanger & some landing pads along with some chain link fencing.

Some of the stuff I'll be doing is not my idea so here's a link to the site I'm using ( any stuff that it my own idea I'll do a how to wip for of which there is already one here on if it wasn't for ones for the chain link fencing.
As this was my first time doing these & working with cork I fallowed the way they where done to the book, which even led to me braking a golden rule for a builder but as all it cost me was a bit of card & time it not so bad.
Anyway to help you out if you ever try to make these make your huts up & then check the length of the building before you cut the card for the roof, the reason for this is that if the cork your using is ticker it will make your building longer.
I added the two supports into the roof & all these are are the triangles you cut off at the gable end glued together this gives your roof the right pitch, also if I was doing these again I make them about 10mm higher & make the windows a bit bigger so that the wire sat into the opes

Now while some of this stuff might only be usable in certain sets a lot of it will be able to be used in different one & in different type of games which is win win as far as I'm concerned.

To get the ball rolling I'm going to start with a landing pad I'm scratch building, its not finished but that's just because I can't decide on on something, so we call this bit part one.
What you'll need is the lid of the sweet box, some light plastic card & the stiffener from a shopping bag this has like a little diamond design on it.

Us the bottom of the box to mark out the shape, this will be a little bit big but you can trim it down to size.

When you have it fitted mark out the design you want & cut out where you want the panels to go.

Here's my frame work fitted & cut out.

Number your spokes & using some masking tape start to make out your panels making sure to number these as well.

The first panel ready to be cut out

Check to see that it fits ok.

Here's everything dry fitted, now if you wanted you could stop here & start gluing it all together.

But theres nothing like a few rivets to add a bit of detail, so mark & drill out where you want them to go.

With the rivets drilled out for it time to start glue thing in place, but before you do make sure to the lid & the under side of the frame a light sanding.

Also give the back side of each panel a light sanding before gluing it in place.

All the panels glued in.

A gant just to give you some scale.

Now glue in the rivets.
The hellblade comes to try it out, sadly a valk can't land on this but a stromraven can.

Just fill in any little gaps between the frame & the panels with green stuff & this part of the pad is finished.

So thanks for dropping in & I hope to have a post on the finishing of the landing pad up in the next couple of days so please check back.