|A new Weapon of Mass Delusion nears completion...|
Seeing as it was Easter this weekend and I was a bit annoyed with Mr Bazalgette's invention, I decided to take a little break and have a crack at one of the many other machines in my sketchbook.
|Concept sketch. As you can see, the large rear wheel has been dropped - mainly because I couldn't find anything to make it from in a hurry. Maybe next time!|
So over the last couple of days, the steam powered tank you see before you has taken shape.
|A brand new steam tank! Just the thing for bravely confronting spear-hurling natives of any species!|
She's armed with a Mark II Faraday Cannon, and I will also make provision for crew firing rifles from within.
|Cheap toy wheels, castors and sellotape tubes... It's true! You can make awesome weapons out of everyday household items! Is nobody safe these days?!|
|Tracks take shape. Blanks are fitted with pegs, wheels are attached, the whole thing is boxed in. A strip of corrugated card forms the track.|
The small wheels in the tracks have been kicking around in my Big Box O' Stuff for a few years. I found handfuls of them at a junk shop ages ago and thought I should have a few. The larger wheels are from the castors which formed the feet of HMSW Gargantua. The tracks are the same corrugated card I used for tin roofs in Leadwood. The boiler is the inner reels from two small rolls of sellotape. A pushpin forms the cylinder on top of the boiler.
|The two finished track units are attached to the body plates. Sellotape tubes form the boiler.|
|Right: MR11 lamp reflector, turret and chimneys are attached to the basic body structure. Centre: The gun barrel, before being attached. Left: Armour plates and details are added.|
The gun, of course, is a halogen lamp. I was so pleased with the final effect on the Faraday Galvanic Field Gun that I thought I'd do it again. This time, it's an MR11 - smaller than the MR16 of the Field Gun. I'm toying with the idea of building a coal tender to be pulled behind the tank.
|Closeups of turret details. No rivets yet...|
This vehicle has taken shape very quickly and should be finished quite soon, after an epic rivet-gluing session, I'm sure! Then it's back to slogging away at the Bazalgette Light Armoured Perambulatory Contrivance, which I'm sure will be splendid when it's done - but: Boy, Oh Boy..! Sigh...
|Faraday Galvanic Field Gun and tank with Mark II Faraday Cannon, to show size comparison.|
Anyway, there you go for now. More soon.
All the Best!