Thanks very much. So many of the skills and techniques I've picked up and learnt over the years are down to other people sharing their knowledge online, for free, so I'm more than happy to share the work I've been doing if it helps others. Likewise I've been inspired by countless forums, blogs, youtube channels, going to gaming shows, etc... and if posting this stuff also inspires at least one other person to have a go themselves then that's mission accomplished in my book
One thing that bugged me about the table was that we have a landing pad with shipping containers on it, and a train with shipping containers on it, but no explanation as to how those are moved from one to the other.
With Salute fast approaching and an already massive todo list, I still wanted to fix that problem, ideally in as quick a way as possible. One idea was to have some form of crane setup, but that was quickly abandoned due to the size it would take up. Instead I went on the look out for a fairly cheap flyer that would fit the bill and found this... https://puppetswar.eu/product.php?id_product=187
I wanted it to look like it was in the middle of picking up a container, so the first step after building it was to mock up the idea using cocktail sticks as "cables" and see what it looked like. You can also see the start of a clean up paint job on the landing pad...
Happy with the way that looked I then took some threaded bar and turned down the ends in to pegs on my lathe so that they could slot in to the flyer. At this stage I also weighed down the container with a bunch of heavy fishing weights to help keep the whole thing more stable.
Now that was in place I didn't like the way the tail section looked as I wanted it to be vaguely believable that the cables could reel back in to the craft. I decided with the time constraints I had that I'd just block in the open sections with green stuff and a bit of plasticard.
Far from pretty, but it does the job...
The canopy was open to the cockpit which came with a detailed interior with two, not very Infinity looking, pilots in side. I figured the easiest way to remedy this was to block it in and then I could paint the windows in the same style as the ground vehicles.
Then on to the paint job, again with very little time to spare I set aside a single day to speed paint the whole thing in one go...
The final step before Salute will be to add some Nomad decals
Oh and as a bonus here's the finished landing pad plus flyer (minus the decals)...
Work in progress:
You also get a bonus, bonus look at the cleaned up floor tiles in the above shot.
I edge highlighted every single street on the board... wow that was an almost endless job!