Wombat's Centurion Mk XI "Beau Peep" - Tank Done.

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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Post by Old Wombat » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:20 pm

Already planning that, Doc!

The goggles ain't goggles, they'll be part of a helmet mounted VR system, & the helmets are going to be built up out over the headphones.

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Post by Cenebar » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:57 pm

Looking good!

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Post by Butters » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:39 pm

Hey, that's looking sharp! What did you say you were thinking for the paint scheme?
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Post by Scotaidh » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:30 am

Velly nice, suh! :)
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Post by Old Wombat » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:41 am

Thank you all! :D

Butters, I was thinking of an all silver/chrome look but I figured that was more for the mega-big super tank (if I had used 1/72nd scale figures). I will, now, be doing a camouflage scheme but have no set idea for what it will look like yet but I do have 4 Tamiya rattle-cans (2 light-ish browns, an OD & NATO green, I think).

Thanks, again! Cheers! :D
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Post by Buzzbomb » Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:44 pm

You are on fire !!

that is ace :thumbsup:

Ok.. now I will have to extract a digit and get mine rolling..err.. hovering
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Post by Old Wombat » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:04 pm

Ta, Brian! :D

Actually, I'm loving this build; everything seems to be (for the most part) falling into place & behaving itself. You should see the quad-barrel gatling gun I've bashed for the commander's cupola! :D (Soon, folks! Soon!)
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Post by Butters » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:16 am

Old Wombat wrote:Ta, Brian! :D

Actually, I'm loving this build; everything seems to be (for the most part) falling into place & behaving itself. You should see the quad-barrel gatling gun I've bashed for the commander's cupola! :D (Soon, folks! Soon!)
Mmmmmm.....quad-barrel gatling gun. :rifles:

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Post by Old Wombat » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:27 pm

Here we go, another update! :)

Getting closer to the end, it's almost in sight now. :wink:

Still got some clean-up & touch-up work to do; find some decals & put them on; finish dirtying & weathering.

Pic's:-

Front
Rear
Left
Right
Top

Any suggestions or advice will be accepted gratefully! :D

Thank you.

So far my big theory is that I suck at finishes & weathering.

(PS: this is my 1st attempt at the salt rusting technique..... It ain't quite as easy as it looks/sounds!)
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Post by Dr. Yo » Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:24 pm

I've only done one example of salt weathering myself, but got some good
insights into it from Kylwell at Wonderfest. One trick is to use a simple
business card, folded slightly, as an applicator. Another is to remember
the various types of salt-popcorn salt, for instance, is a good bit finer
than regular table salt.

From here, well, I'd do a fairly heavy wash, perhaps in a dark grey,
and perhaps a bit of black wash around the domes on the forward
hull.

It looks pretty good overall, amigo. Keep at it.
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Post by Old Wombat » Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:00 pm

Thanks, Doc! :D

So, the cooking salt was too coarse (use table salt next time). Thinking about it; the guy whose technique I was trying to follow was building a car, probably in 1/24th or 1/25th scale, which might explain quite a bit. :P

I also think using rattle-cans is a bit of a problem with the salt technique, too, because you can't put as thin a layer of paint over it as you can with an airbrush, which makes exposing the salt for clean up that bit more difficult.

Still, you learn something new every day, hey!? :)
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Post by Scotaidh » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:52 am

I thought it looked good ... well-used, as a tank ought to be. :) 'Course, my idea of weathering a tank is to daub rust-paint on the high-wear areas, do a black-wash and then a brown-wash, with lighter browns dry-brushed on for high-lights ...

I think yours looks better than mine, in that regard. :)
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Post by Old Wombat » Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:43 am

Thanks, Scotaidh! :D

Of course it was your Matilda that pushed me into building this, you know! :wink:
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Post by Scotaidh » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:04 pm

Old Wombat wrote:Thanks, Scotaidh! :D

Of course it was your Matilda that pushed me into building this, you know! :wink:
Glad to be of service! :)
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Post by Old Wombat » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:41 pm

And here we are, folks, back at Battle Central!

:P

OK, the tank's finished!

As you will see shortly, the base isn't. Depending on how it turns out I'll probably put a few shots of the completely completed diorama up here but it may take a while.

Decals are taken from various sources, 1/144 F-16's (x2), M1A1 Abrams & small Starship Modeler cheesecake sets (slightly modified with paint.

Some of you will notice the tape left on a couple of bits at the rear of the tank, they've been removed now but I wasn't about to take any more photo's today, sorry.

Anyway, here we are;

Right Side
Left Side
Rear View
Front View
Top looking Left
Top looking Right

Under slightly different lighting conditions;

Right Side v2
Rear View v2
Top looking Left v2

Once again, hope you like it!

All constructive criticism & advice, open praise & abject worship accepted.

:P :roll: :lol:

Thanks for taking the time to have a look, everyone! :D
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Post by Butters » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:07 am

Very nice! I like the square barrel and radar dome (?). The dome seems appropriate somehow. Wonder why our tanks don't have radar?
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Post by Buzzbomb » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:24 am

Gotta say.. that works for me

Well Done Guy :D :D
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Post by Old Wombat » Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:56 am

Thanks, Butters & Brian! I appreciate your compliments, very much.

You may, also, have noticed some slight cracking in the weathering/dirtying from my use of Tamiya flat lacquer spray (I usually use Testors Dull-Cote but couldn't get any).

A little back story re: this tank.

The 68 tonne Centurion XI was introduced into service as a Main Battle Tank early in the 22nd Century. However, its service as the front-line battle tank was cut short by the introduction of the 150(+) tonne super-tanks. Not that its service ended there, though.

The Centurion XI went on to gain greater fame as one of, if not the best ever battlefield reconnaissance tank. Well armed with either a "magnetic cannon" or a "plasma cannon" (both were housed in the same distinctively rectangular "false barrrel"), it was fast, manoeuvrable &, above all else, reliable. So reliable that crews often complained about not getting any down time to recover from their almost constant combat operations.

The Centurion XI family (there were approximately 10 main "lines" to the family) set the record for the longest running armoured vehicle production at 86 years.

The displayed vehicle FNG 4516C is a FV2109 Mod.D Mk2 variant used by the (primarily) Australian & New Zealand 3rd Mercenary Legion in northern Africa & the Middle East. It had a crew of 3 and was, at different times, armed with both main-weapon types, as well as the usual 20mm coaxial rail-gun & 12.5mm pintle-mounted 4-barrel Gatling power-gun.
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Post by Dr. Yo » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:44 am

Crackin' good work, my marsupial amigo!
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Post by Scotaidh » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:28 am

Beautiful work, my friend. :) I like the back-story, too. :)
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Post by Old Wombat » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:57 pm

Thank you, Dr. Yo & Scotaidh!

:D :D
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Post by DEC » Wed May 04, 2011 4:30 am

Hi Wombat

Sorry I have taken so long to tell you how great I think you Hover-tank is. I don't seem to have as much time these days, hence no HT from me!

But I really do like you tank, it has come together at the end really well and your paint job looks great too.

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Post by Old Wombat » Wed May 04, 2011 7:01 pm

Thanks, DEC!

Any compliment's a good compliment - no matter when it arrives! :D
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Post by bigarv65 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:27 am

Very cool! I like the curved shapes, I always stuggle with that. Great, now I have to build one.

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Post by Scratchawan Learner » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:41 pm

I'm liking it. It's edgy, and different. I like the rectangular cross section on the turret's main gun. Lean and mean as hell. Sharkmouth someplace on the front, please... I like a tank with attitude...
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Re: Wombat's Centurion Mk XI "Beau Peep" - Tank Done.

Post by artic316 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:12 pm

:8) Great work, Nice to see others creative works. May you help inspire the next generation of creative minds.
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