|Hydrothermicopters... Coming along nicely.|
I've been having a go at my British Hydrothermicopters this week.
|The gutted toy. This will become a cockpit for a pilot and gunner.|
|Cogs and rods from the toy's pull-string motor are reattached as motor parts.|
As followers of this blog will recall, these started life as cheap plastic toy helicopters which I gutted. Since then, I have mostly completed the rotor blade assemblies and added a few nice bits and pieces to the bodies.
|Nose cone and rear rotor take shape with bits from my Big Box O' Junk.|
|View from the rear.|
Of course, there will be many rivets to add... But I'm not quite there yet...
|Bases made from heavy washers and clay.|
The Hydrothermicopters have been mounted on brass rods. These may be cut to different lengths so that the Hydrothermicopters aren't at identical heights. I have also started building heavy bases from washers. If I get the weight right, I should be able to keep these fairly small without the models falling over. Fingers crossed...
|Plastic redcoats from Warlord Games will become the crews...|
The crew are being constructed from plastic british redcoats. Kneeling figures have been reshaped to be sitting. Each Hydrothermicopter will have two crewmen - a gunner in front and a pilot behind. I'll be selecting appropriate uniform colours, of course, to suggest Royal Victorian Airforce...
|The beginnings of the rotors. A cog from the original toy, brass rod and a plastic wheel from a toy car (bereft of tyre).|
|The basic rotor assembly atop the vehicle.|
Turning my attention to the rotor blades, I have opted for a bat-wing style. The blades were inscribed into brass sheet (from a tomato puree tube) and dotted with rivets. This was actually really quick and easy and I'm very happy with the result.
|Above - a finished rotor blade. Below - almost done. The batwing shape is inscribed with a pencil before being cut out.|
|The first rotor blade, glued in place. Beads and copper wire add detail to the assembly.|
I still have to add steam exhausts and landing gear - I'm thinking I'll d a reversed tripod thingy with two feet to the front and one to the rear...
|The rotor assembly in place. Additional beads have also been added to the rear end.|
I imagine these Weapons of Mass Delusion might take a while, as the detailing required for the cockpit could be tricky. There is also the question of the paint schme. I'll be posting more as they progress, of course.
In other news:
|Bull Flunk. Looking good, I think.|
The big bull flunk is coming along. I've coloured the blanket, straps and buckles and varnished the model. Now it's time to start on the howdah and crew.
|Straps and buckles are done...|
|... and from the other side...|
So there we are for now. More soon...
All the Best!