Depending on how much time you can put into it each day, how quick you are and how much detail you want to put on it (e.g. A basic shell + chassis? Or fully detailed?), you might want to revise your timetable...these things are going to take ages to make it look finished.
It may be better to take the time to just sketch what you want so that you get all the proportions right and get started on one section, rather than trying to cram the whole thing into one break.
Foam card could well be your friend here, because it's very light and should be sturdy enough (as long as it's not taking much weight).
I'd agree with using the plumbers pipe too...it's very cheap, sturdy and light.
I'd also recommend building it in sections, making a separate base for it and magnetising them or some other way of making it so that they are detachable, so that you can transport and store this behemoth.
Is the idea that you are just making the outer casing? Or are you wanting to have pieces removable so that you can see the inside of it?
I'd definitely agree with Svartmetall about sketching things out loads of times.
I've never built one but, if it helps, you could start with looking at the top of the shoulders and then work out the proportions from that..?
I read a BL novel where Imperials were taking an Imperator back from some Orks and they were fighting amongst one or more courtyards and temples on top of the Titan, so if you can measure 4-6 buildings when at your local game shop, this might give you an idea of how vast this thing truly is.
I don't know the exact proportions or dimensions but, if you are looking at scale, from what I have seen, the Imperator's legs seem to be almost 1/2 the overall height (i.e. barring additional crenellations/towers/etc).
So, if this thing is 2m tall, then about 80-100cms of that is going to be legs and groin/lower torso.
If you want to imagine scale, how about putting at least 30-50 standard infantry bases together in a square or circle? In Epic 40K, you could put 150 guards into each leg, so 30-50 would give you a potential inner size for each footprint in layers.
But -depending on how much detail you want to add- don't forget to allow extra room for things like ladders, stairs, lifts etc (and also for the outer armour and feet, too).
I wondered if one or two of the 40K building kits which have the Imperial eagle over the doorway might be a good size on the front of one of an Imperator's shins? (i.e. you might need 4 of these to do the fronts of both legs)?
Hope this might help and please would you keep us posted on your ideas/thoughts/progress?
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