Hammer's Slammers

The challenge: build any kind of hover tank without using a tank kit's hull or turret - because nothing saus 'fun' like 70 tons of floating mayhem.

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Hammer's Slammers

Post by Blackhawk » Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:11 pm

Here is my model of a hover tank from Drake's Hammer's Slammers. Completely scratch built.


http://picasaweb.google.com/sfscalemode ... SSlammers#

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Post by Dr. Yo » Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:23 pm

Very sharp! Nice to see somebody working from cover art-there's
a lot of very good stuff out there, but it doesn't get modeled all that
much.
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Post by mike robel » Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:34 pm

Very Cool!

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Post by Wug » Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:43 pm

Nice

What are the turbines from?

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Post by Blackhawk » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:17 am

Wug wrote:Nice

What are the turbines from?
As I described in the caption to one of the photos, the lift fans were made from a part of a woman's razor that was manufactured in the early '80s. I don't remember what it was called, but it was round and had a band blade that could be rotated by a center knob. The center knob had a curved blade like structure. I cut one of these center knobs in half horizontally and then sanded the bottom until the blades opened up. I glued the tip of a bomb from some airplane kit to the center of the blades, made a RTV mold of it, and cast the lift fans in resin. I still have the original master and the mold. I'll take a photo and add it to the album.

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Post by Blackhawk » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:25 am

Dr. Yo wrote:Very sharp! Nice to see somebody working from cover art-there's
a lot of very good stuff out there, but it doesn't get modeled all that
much.
Thanks. I often work from cover art. Check out my models of the Rocket Ship Galileo (http://picasaweb.google.com/sfscalemode ... ipGalileo#), War of the Worlds (http://picasaweb.google.com/sfscalemode ... dsDiorama#) and the ASNS Discovery (http://picasaweb.google.com/sfscalemode ... Discovery#).

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Post by Dr. Yo » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:29 am

I know I've seen your Galileo before, and possibly your WoW dio,
but the Discovery is new to me. Splendid work, all of it.
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Post by Blackhawk » Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:28 am

Dr. Yo wrote:I know I've seen your Galileo before, and possibly your WoW dio,
but the Discovery is new to me. Splendid work, all of it.
The WotW diorama was featured in an article in Fine Scale Modeler magazine a number of years ago so you certainly could have seen it. I only finished the Galileo recently and haven't circulated pictures of it until now, so I doubt you saw it. However, it does look very similar to the resin model of the Galileo sold by Fantastic Plastic so it may be that you are remembering that model.

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Post by Buzzbomb » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:51 pm

Nice work all of it

'specially the Slammers Tank..."sure love to be up there with you panzers"
It's not a toy!.... it's an accurate scale representation of a craft that doesn't actually exist.

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Post by DOMENECH1776 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:45 pm

Love the tank! Also love the ASNS Discovery, now if he would only continue the Life Probe novels, I'd be a happy man.
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Post by Blackhawk » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:08 am

DOMENECH1776 wrote:Love the tank! Also love the ASNS Discovery, now if he would only continue the Life Probe novels, I'd be a happy man.
Thanks. Have you been reading McCollum's Gibraltar series? They are very good, too. I haven't gotten the last one yet but am looking forward to it. I did enjoy the Life Probe novels and would not mind another in that universe, too. It is a bit more difficult to find McCollum's books since he started self-publishing but he's worth searching out if you enjoy hard science fiction.

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Re: Hammer's Slammers

Post by Blackhawk » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:10 am

Blackhawk wrote:Here is my model of a hover tank from Drake's Hammer's Slammers. Completely scratch built.


http://picasaweb.google.com/sfscalemode ... SSlammers#
Since there was interest in how I made the lift fans for the hover tank, I added some more pictures and explanation to the album linked above.

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Post by DOMENECH1776 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:30 pm

I have not read the Gibraltar series, yet.

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I wrote the author several years ago, and he considered the Life Probe series done. Though I still want to know where the Makers went, and why they left their homeworld. Seem ominous, like they knew something bad was coming.
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Post by Blackhawk » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:36 pm

DOMENECH1776 wrote:I wrote the author several years ago, and he considered the Life Probe series done.
Oh well. I agree that there are more stories that could be told but if the author isn't interested then we probably wouldn't like anything he did write.

The Gibraltar series is very readable and has both the strengths and weaknesses of most of McCollum's work.

But I see I'm getting off topic so I won't comment on other than hover tanks from now on.

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Post by Old Wombat » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:50 pm

Somehow, over all these years, I have failed to comment on this build! :oops:

This takes the image from the cover & brings it to life! A great build! :bravo:
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Post by Blackhawk » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:07 am

Old Wombat wrote:Somehow, over all these years, I have failed to comment on this build! :oops:

This takes the image from the cover & brings it to life! A great build! :bravo:
Thanks. I'm glad you like it.

Also, the link I posted originally is no longer functional since Google Photos absorbed Picasa. So please try this link:

https://get.google.com/albumarchive/116 ... S-3flIDbeg[/url]

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Post by Richard Baker » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:38 am

Thanks for the new link- that is a fantastic build!
Any chance you could update your links to the other projects listed above?
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Post by Blackhawk » Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:01 pm

Richard Baker wrote:Thanks for the new link- that is a fantastic build!
Any chance you could update your links to the other projects listed above?
It's easier to give you the link to my portal where links to all my models can be found:

http://www.ourworlds.net/models_and_props/

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