Cabal Hover tank

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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Cabal Hover tank

Post by HWR MKII » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:23 pm

Inspired by the PSP game battle zone i have started working on a design. I had posted it before but it sat on a shelf for a good while. Its back out now. Ill try to get some shots up tonight. Heres a link to a pic of the tank as presented in game. My variation is loosely based on this as far as overall shape but details will differ drastically.

http://cdn1.gamepro.com/box/box_118661.jpg
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Post by Buzzbomb » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:03 am

Oh come on Sean.. lets see a the tank from the ORIGINAL Battlezone.. the one made out of straightened coathangers from the Arcade game version

http://www.classicarcadeonline.com/batt ... 2front.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... enshot.png

That design is wicked and can well image what you can do with it
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Post by onezero » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:46 am

don't vtempt me, Brian .....


.... hmm. Do I have any neon green paint?
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Post by Dr. Yo » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:39 am

onezero wrote:
.... hmm. Do I have any neon green paint?
If you don't, a rudimentary lathe can double as an emergency paint
mixer.

I gotta ask-where is your current sig line from?
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Post by DEC » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:21 am

Hello HWR MkII,
I do recall seeing this as a WIP a long while back. Good that this challenge has re-invigorated you. Look forward to seeing your latest pics.

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Post by Blappy » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:13 pm

:ttiw: of your current model. :P
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Post by HWR MKII » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:26 pm

Im working on it i have been working on something more conventional as well. A late Tiger 1 from SPzAbt 102 late summer 1944.


Get some pics up in a bit.
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Post by Blappy » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:06 am

Beauty! So different from what I imagine a tank looking like. I love it!
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Post by Buzzbomb » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:34 am

That is honkin'

great work so far.

Over committed with other projects at the moment as well but hope to start shortly.

I have found a shape
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Post by HWR MKII » Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:44 pm

Thanks Brian. and welcome to the challenge. Arent the C&C stealth tanks hover vehicles? Im sure theres something in one of the C&C games that you could do up.
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Post by DEC » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:09 pm

Thats beautiful!

as always Sean your work is inspiring, and I am suitably envious.
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Post by Kylwell » Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:15 am

Sean, again, I feel the need to let you know I hate you.

More pictures.
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Post by Butters » Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:56 am

Ooooh! That POS killed me soooo many times, back in the day.
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Post by HWR MKII » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:11 am

Kylwell wrote:Sean, again, I feel the need to let you know I hate you.

More pictures.
Awww why is that?
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Oh and Butters remember that modeling board scrap i got off you a couple years ago? That is what makes up alot of the hull and engines on this.
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Post by Blappy » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:31 am

Buzzbomb wrote:Oh come on Sean.. lets see a the tank from the ORIGINAL Battlezone.. the one made out of straightened coathangers from the Arcade game version

http://www.classicarcadeonline.com/batt ... 2front.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... enshot.png

That design is wicked and can well image what you can do with it
Whoa! I missed this post. Battle Zone was actually part of the inspiration for m design. I fed that game a lot of quarters when I was a kid. Well a non-grownup kid. :P
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Post by Butters » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:49 am

HWR MKII wrote:
Oh and Butters remember that modeling board scrap i got off you a couple years ago? That is what makes up alot of the hull and engines on this.
That stuff can be bloody useful. However, I always have problems covering the texture.
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Post by HWR MKII » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:57 pm

Blappy wrote:
Buzzbomb wrote:Oh come on Sean.. lets see a the tank from the ORIGINAL Battlezone.. the one made out of straightened coathangers from the Arcade game version

http://www.classicarcadeonline.com/batt ... 2front.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... enshot.png

That design is wicked and can well image what you can do with it
Whoa! I missed this post. Battle Zone was actually part of the inspiration for m design. I fed that game a lot of quarters when I was a kid. Well a non-grownup kid. :P
If you read the first post of this thread it says the new Battlezone for the PSP is my inspiration.
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Post by HWR MKII » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:01 pm

Butters wrote:
HWR MKII wrote:
Oh and Butters remember that modeling board scrap i got off you a couple years ago? That is what makes up alot of the hull and engines on this.
That stuff can be bloody useful. However, I always have problems covering the texture.
I have a bottle of thinned bondo spot putty. I paint it on the board once its shaped. Wetsand it with some 300 grit to take down the texture then shoot it with a good filler primer and wetsand with finer grits.

I should have something turretlike on wed or thursday. Im sketching some things out. I already have a start to a barrel using an old tamiya mortar as a base. Gives an interesting look.
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Post by HWR MKII » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:39 am

Getting clost to a final turret shape. I had to scrap what i was doing and restart to accomidate a mast mounted sensor system.
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Post by Dr. Yo » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:45 am

Looking forward to it-its terrific so far.

I don't know about modeling board ( is it something like Resnshape?)
but for surfacing regular insulation styrafoam I've had good luck
using Elmers Wood putty. Smooths with water, dries quickly, and
its cheap. Still quite delicate, so I wouldn't reccomend it as a
final surface, but its useful.
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Post by HWR MKII » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:11 pm

Im getting there. Just trying to make something that doesnt look like a conventional turret. As others have said this doesnt look like a conventional hovertank. In the end i want this to look like a thought out design and not a kitbash. The game art im basing it on helps but it doesnt fill in all the gaps so its allowing me some personal freedoms.

Oh i have also decided to hollow out the body and add a cockpit with a raised hatch section. YAY FUN!
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Post by Old Wombat » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:36 pm

Some people really do like to make life harder for themselves, don't they! :wink:

Can't wait to see the final product! :)
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Post by Zen-Builder » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:41 pm

Was thinking of kit-bashing my 2 TEchnopolice 21C tanks as they have cockpits, working hatches, figures, etc.

But decided to build them OOTB instead.

IMO, a hover-tank like ther gundam one is not really suited for this challenge but don't have the skills to scratchbuild anything aka "Centurion:Renegade Legion" stuff.

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Post by HWR MKII » Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:58 am

Build what you want Zen. Just dont use an existing kit.


Ill be getting back on this on thursday. Took some time out to finish up a Panzer IV C that i bought 3 years ago.
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Post by HWR MKII » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:50 pm

Still working this. Got the basic cockpit shape hollowed out and the hatch cover made. Turret is still an enigma to me. I dont want it to look like anything else out there. I have been toying with the idea of mirroring the overall shape of the central hull on it.
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Post by onezero » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:57 pm

How about something along the lines of teh M60A2, the infamous 'starship'? Perhaps lower and longer?
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Post by HWR MKII » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:07 pm

That is kinda what im thinking but a bit flatter. More merkava like but without being a merkava turret or even looking close to one. More like a flattened and thinner merkava 4 turret. When viewed from the top though the turret would be very similar to the core body in shape.
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Post by HWR MKII » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:31 pm

I have a working turret base but since my Photobucket bandwidth is used up i cant post shots of it. :evil:
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Post by HWR MKII » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:31 pm

Question for everyone if i post a link to the main photobucket album can you all see it? Direct links are out for the moment. I have made some good progress on the cockpit and the base turret shape and have no way of showing it. :evil:


http://s306.photobucket.com/albums/nn26 ... er%20tank/

Tell me if you can see the photos in that link.
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