Building a Storm Raven-part 2

A small update for this time-eating project!

I decided to take an easy way out of doing the Dreadnought grapples – they’re inside the ship!

Making use of a Spare Drop Pod door I ordered a while back (I’ll make a seer of me yet!), I stole the hinges to make the back of the ship look like doors. You could equally use the spaer bit of casing cut out of the engines.

Using just the middle bit, I attached this to the gap in the back plate,making it appear to be a ‘hinge’ to open the back.

The Drop Pod door fortunately has two sides, so I could make 2 hinges.I penciled in my intentions for the back of the hull…

Happy with the design, I glued a thin sheet of plasticard onto the back and cut it to fit. Lots of Pin Vice drill holes were added to keep the plates consistant with the rest of the ship.

The Valkyrie inlet was added to the back as a spine for the tail, though I’m not sure if I’ll put a tail on now.

Finally, more stud holes were added to the white card parts and studs glued onto the mid section.

I’m not sure if I like rear profile of the ship – the engines look vulnerable.

Finishing touches to go – still require the main guns.

Continue to part 3.

Rusty Dice

Aint nothing but a horn

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5 Responses

  1. Kidjal says:

    Maybe enclose the engines to a point, so a panel from the main fuselage over the engine, and encompassing it like cowling. That would integrate them in a bit, make them less vulnerable?

    I still think it needs a tail mind, just doesnt balance without it

  2. MTD says:

    It is probably too late but you should invert the wings so that the flat facing is forward. It shifts some of the vehicle balance toward the front, it currently seems a bit back heavy, and gives it a bit more of an aggressive look. I hope you do put a bit of a tail on it as well. You could consider an aliens type dropship landing gear with a large skid in the back belly and two smaller ones to the front.

    Overall this is one of the stronger designs I’ve seen. Very nice build.

  3. Rusty Dice says:

    The model is still lacking front-mounted weaponry, which should hopefully help towards the back-heavy look.

    I’d like to mount a gun either side of the nose, but each weapon is different, suggesting I need to do a put them top and bottom… maybe a gun on the rear, similar to the T-hawk.

  4. AbusePuppy says:

    I would go with no tail, but I like the intake as a way to break up the otherwise-flat profile of the rear of the vehicle.

    Still not a fan of the way the engines are mounted, but those doors are looking pretty sexy.

    Are the front canards angled upwards? It looks like they are, but it’s hard to tell from the pics.

    The front profile of the vehicle still reminds me a little bit of the “flying land raider” when seen from the side, but viewed from above/front it isn’t so bad.

  5. Rusty Dice says:

    The canards are attached by a single pin and I managed to break the glue, so they’re freely spinning at the moment.

    Thanks for the ideas and advice everyone. Even if it’s contradicting (between commenters), I appreciate the feedback and gives me something to try out.

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