Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Scratchbuild - The Land Raider MkI part 1

I have always had a soft spot for the old MkIs. Lately it struck me that the Sentinels just cannot live without one. There must be an ancient, venerable MkI serving as the chapter master's personal command vehicle, spit and polish but deadly. Pimped up with superdetail and modern weaponry.
This is the plan, and I almost succeeded, when I was the leader on the latest eBay auction, up until the last 10 seconds when someone sniped me. C'est la guerre, one might say, but I took it as a sign.
Though my last effort with the Mate pattern whirlwind turret was not met with great applause, I enjoyed building it greatly. This is the reason why I decided to put together my own Land Raider.
 I acquired the necessary plans from here (the BWC-Archive is also a good place to start -join if you are not a member already) and started to work. It was clear from the beginning, that the plans are not  detailed enough for my taste, and truth to be told these early models are not very high detail in the first place. I'll need to spice things up a bit with extra stuff and a bit of kitbashing. I will love it.
First I started working on the tread well and bays:

Cutting 150+ plasticard circles for wheels make your fingers sore, but I'm happy with the results so far

This is the detailed tread bay before attaching the outer wall

Here I am now, after day two, hope you like it. More to come

See also:

Scratchbuild - Whirlwind turret - Mate pattern


  1. I am very excited to see how this turns out. Keep posting!


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  2. beautiful so far. I too love BWC archive, and you are correct in that there are not too many detailed plans there.

    Though after seeing the whirlwind turret, i have great hopes for this project.

    Good Luck and I'll be watching

  3. "Though my last effort with the Mate pattern whirlwind turret was not met with great applause"
    - yes it did! at least fromy my side... :)

  4. Awesome work on this. Actually building one of my own right now and I have a question for you. What did you use to cut the wheels? Just a regular hobby knife? Also what size plasticard did you use?