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Corporate Marines

Today I primed the cabin insides in 73.601 Grey Surface Primer through my airbrush. When the inside is painted, I will seal the openings with tape and glue the cabins to the hulls - the outside will then be painted with the rest of the VTOLs.


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Corporate Marines

Tobias printed the cabins. Thanks!


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Corporate Marines

Thanks to Tobias I have my prototpye. It fits well onto he model :-)

With the basic form confirmed, I added some more details. On the front wall I added a bench with 5 seats. This will be quite cramped, but this is a military vehicle after all and no luxury plane.

On the rear side I added a seat for the gunner, and two racks with spare ammo drums for the machine gun.

This is the final version now that I will use with the landers.


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Corporate Marines

Finally some progress. I roughly recreated the machine gun from Brigade Models in OpenSCAD, and added in the rear wall an opening for the gunner. The machine gun will be mounted on the contraption I added there.

Time for a test print.


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Corporate Marines

Having seen a news item on The Miniatures Page, I thought these would fit perfectly well for the door gunners of my VTOLs. So I ordered the gatlings and machine guns from Brigade Models:

Now I need to recreate them as 3 models in OpenSCAD and play around with them on my cabin model.


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Corporate Marines

The landing gear is done, extended to allow ground contact even with a passenger cabin attached. In the pictures you can see the Green Stuff I used to fix the wood sticks in place and give a base on which I added Miliput after it dried to sculpted the final form. Still needs sanding.

This project is now on hold until I finished the design of the cabin and have it 3d printed.


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Corporate Marines

The decision concerning the armament of the Raven has been taken - I just used all the available weaponry :-)

For the lander, I built a very clever and sophisticated contraption to get all the sides equal. I then cut from tooth picks the extensions, inserted into small holes I drilled.

Concerning the cabin, I started to design my own in OpenSCAD, I am not very far until now:

I am toying with the idea of doing side doors instead of rear doors, but let's see how this turns out.

What also irritates me with the landers is the chin gun, which has one relatively big barrel. With the gunship, I see it as a grenade launcher or small howitzer. That VTOL has reapid firing weapons mounted on the side sponsons. But for the landers, having only the chin guns, I wanted some kind of gatling, chain gun, whatever. So I also designed one. Let's see how this will print, especially with the ring near the front I am not sure as it is not supported from underneath, so probably the printer will have a problem with that.


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Corporate Marines

Next project are some reinforcements, to bring the Corporate Marine Platoon of the Humming-Top Corporation up to full strength. At the moment, they are under staffed. The second squadron is short some men, the platoon leader does not have a vehicle of his own, and some air support is still missing.

The missing Marines will be done from the following Khurasan pack, giving me a platoon medic, and enough models to fill the gap in 2nd squadron: The second medic who will have its case painted like an ammo case and the wounded model. The two SAW gunners are spares.

The Lieutnant and Boatswain will be joined by the medic and are short of a transport. This will be the Khurasan Armoured Light Utility Vehicle. The two turret options (minigun and missiles) got a magnet inserted, so are changeable from game to game according to mission requirements.

On to the air support. This comes in form of a gunship and three transports. The gunship is the Raven Gunship from Old Crow Models. It is build completely, I only need to fill gaps with green stuff and decide on which weapons to glue on in which configuration. I have available two gun pods, four rocket pods and two missiles.

The transportation duties will be conducted by the Crow Landers. The following picture shows one without the passenger cabin, more on that later. The models have three skids on which the model rests, one under the chin and one at the end of the wing extensions. I am not sure if I did something wrong (can not think of what that would have been), but the wing extensions do not extend enough downwards so that the models tilts backwards, see following picture,

It should sit like this in my opinion:

Also with the passenger cabin put in, the skids on the sides do not touch the ground.

I am not exactly sure what to do, but probably I will cut of the skids on the wings and insert some rods or whatever to get them further down.

This is one of the passenger cabins (without the rear door) - which I do not really like. They are completely enclosed, with no windows...

...and putting minis beside them they look a bit small.

I will either build my own, or extend them sideways with a new front, thus enlarging them and allowing me to add some windows.