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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 10-19-13, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Default Blackadder's Refurbishment of Derelict FW Resin Baneblades Thread................

Years ago when my son first acquainted me with the Warhammer phenomenon he showed me a catalog of the FW products. Having been in the Service I had an awe of the mechanized armour although even then I knew

"A moving foxhole attracts the eye."



Anyway I fell in love with the anachronistic clanking abomination known as the Baneblade Super-heavy Tank. Not just the Baneblade but the Lucius Pattern version to be precise with looks even more archaic than the Mars Pattern.

Reading the spec's on this behemoth Gad 316 tonnes! 13.5 metres long 6.3 metres high that's literally as big as my house was at that time.

Then and there I resolved to get one of those vehicles but the FW price was prohibitive. What to do? well there was ebay, you can find anything for sale on ebay so I gave that a try.........

After a few days a Lucius Baneblade showed up.............

http://i.imgur.com/2cM66kT.jpg


and I watched it count down the days to the final few seconds and at the last moment I dumped in my bid. Walla (sic) I won the bid! I forgot what I paid for it but I'm sure it was way too much but still a heck of a lot cheaper than a new one from Forge World..........

Watching the post regularly it ultimately arrived; Whoa what a piece of junk! It looked even worse than it appeared in the ebay picture Caveat emptor!

http://i.imgur.com/NLcS2Az.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/sMkgoDh.jpg


of course I knew that the thing was assembled badly but I was pretty sure I could restore it to a semblance of its potential glory.

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I smell alot of scratchbuilding the fiddly bitz! Seeing what youve done with the parts that are built from scratch i can't wait to see what you have when its already mostly built for you.

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Since I could little improve of the perfection of the Lucius Baneblade (FW) I restricted my styrene addiction and only repaired and modified that which was necessary.

FW models in my experience require a lot of TLC and reconstruction even when new so the time and effort savings between a 'New' and 'Refurbished' is about equal.

Another thing I found out about the older resin models is in spite of the brittleness of the material it can take a surprising degree of prying with knives and chisels to disassemble the pieces and not shatter. The newer resin models use a softer mix and has a tendency to tear when subjected to stress.

After disassembling the entire model I scraped every last bit of paint and glue from the pieces. A regular kitchen paring knife I found was the best tool to do this and a #11 Xacto blade and a pin vise with micro bit drill for those hard to reach places.

http://i.imgur.com/UOe7pUQ.jpg



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http://i.imgur.com/nEF9P5h.jpg


In about a week I had the model down to the bare resin.

Note if you will the colour of the resin. It was almost white in hue; a much harder, brittle material than current FW resin.

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I'd better post some of the primed images so I'm not branded a total cretin. I took extreme care not to damage the model anymore than it already was when received. I very much wanted to have as near a 'cherry' Lucius Baneblade as possible when finished. I found that Krylon gray sandable primer is ideal for a base coat. Thin, opaque and fast drying it is (was) the best paint on the market. The dirty little engineers and PR people got to listening to too many would be female crafters and redesigned the nozzle so you can't get a decent spray pattern anymore. I have one can of it left and I'm saving it for my Warhound.

http://i.imgur.com/c2vsVM1.jpg


Okay this is more than a "look what I did" thread so a bit of explanation is in order. There were a few broken details on the model if you look at the image in the reply above you will see the left tow lug was missing from the front bumper and I replaced it with a styrene lug, no biggy there. The wire conduit to the headlights was broken off so I twisted some 0.025" wire to replace it.

http://i.imgur.com/ju4F5oP.jpg


The Search light was broke and I drilled a 0.025 wire drill hole in both ends and internally splinted the stanchion.

http://i.imgur.com/re8w8Am.jpg

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This makes me extremely happy! This is one of my favorite types of Baneblades (the barrel on this one looks a lot better than the new ones in my opinion), and I can't wait to see you work your magic on it!
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Treads and bogies

Getting the treads and bogies to fit just right is the hardest part of building this model. I had to sand down the bogie bases and drive and steering bases to get the treads to make the curves properly.

http://i.imgur.com/ud95R4v.jpg


The diameter of the wheels even the round ones vary by as much as a millimeter so judicious scrapping brought them to a reasonably homogeneous size.

http://i.imgur.com/ZMjcEAu.jpg


Clamping and liberal use of heavy duty gumbands should be employed to mate the treads to the drive wheel and bogies, don't be afraid to cut and file hidden areas that louse up the overall run of the treads.

http://i.imgur.com/gXzeJGl.jpg


Note how the treads lie almost perfectly in the track grooves of the bogies each segment just touching the arc of the wheel run. This takes a lot of cutting, filing, and clamping to achieve but is well worth the effort. The gaps between the track segments are all but invisible even in this much abused model so take your time and do it right.

http://i.imgur.com/xGSfKmY.jpg


The two idler runs installed much as FW intended; no excessive gaps each tread rounding the idler as if it were on a real tank. Maybe fifteen to twenty minutes to do the job correctly but so much more gratifying when the model is complete.

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Both your craftsmanship and patience are impressive. Looking forward to seeing the finished tank!


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patience: The item that Blackadder has, that Fallen does not.

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Blackladder...you mix in equal doses patience, skill and autolesionistic project ideas. Love that mix, honestly.

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This is fantastic to see, always nice to get something off eBay for a good price and with a bit of patience and elbow grease get it back to where it should be!

I'll subscribe to this thread, and look forward to more!
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