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Long story short, I got this rhino for free at a yard sale. The guy didn't know what it was and gave it to me instead of throwing it out. It was covered in at least 3 to 4 heavy coats of spray paint that made the details all but disappear. It was a mess to say the least. I wish I took a picture, you would have cringed.

Well, after 2 weeks in a brake fluid bath followed by a simple green bath I was able to disassemble the model and scrub away with a toothbrush all the paint down to bare gray plastic. The original turrets were trashed so I scrounged in the bits box and found some old school rhino hatches. I made the combi bolter too. I have a standard twinlink bolter turret too, just not pictured. After a couple of weeks, I am finished. What do you think?

















Oh, and the top hatch and side door Red Corsairs emblem are free handed. (Not too bad from a guy who can barely draw a straight line.)
 

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looks amazing Unforgiven. wish I could free hand like that. Ill be trying my hand at it with my dark eldar I think though
 

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Simply badass. Nice restoration work. The freehand work is quite awesome.

looks amazing Unforgiven. wish I could free hand like that. Ill be trying my hand at it with my dark eldar I think though
Freehand just takes some practice, and a ton of patience. Freehanding the skulls and heraldic shields on my Marine vehicles made me want to smash them with my bare fists at a few points but I eventually pulled it off. If I can do it, so can you. :p
 

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She's a beaut. Impossible to tell it's anything other than a brand new kit.

The freehand is very impressive, particularly on the top hatch :victory:
 

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Thanks for all the kind replies, I appreciate it. :blush:

very good, i could almost see myself using that for hunting donkeys
Hehe... I should have put a asterisk with a note saying: "No donkeys were harmed during this project. A few small rodents and a bird are missing, but no donkeys.)

She's a beaut. Impossible to tell it's anything other than a brand new kit.
Thank you. If you look close at the rear door you will notice that the left side is a bit un-straight. So much crazy glue was used I had to cut it open. Yeah, the original owner glued the rear door shut. You can also see that the side doors are also damaged on the bottom. One hinge is broken while the other has a large chunk that stayed glued to the hull. The same door also was over glued in the top and it ruined that section, so I made it look like a blasted out part. Also, it is hard to see in the pictures but the top turret holes are chewed up around the edges. Again an unholy amount of glue was used on the original build and when I removed them, they left some scarring. I tried to cover all the damaged parts with battle damage and such. I think I managed a decent cover up of the bad spots. The only thing I couldn't fix perfectly was just below the headlamp housings on the side of the hull. I guess the smoke launchers were glued there, (they were broken off when I got the model) and it deformed the plastic pretty badly. I tried to trim and sand it smooth but it just didn't come out 100%. Lastly, the front blade is from an ork trukk kit. I had to cover up the fact that the front has a huge hole there. The front panel was put on with epoxy or some other industrial adhesive and it snapped off the front part. I had to replace the front panel all together. Lucky I had one from a vindicator kit.
 

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Cracking restoration there mate.

Restoring somebody else's handywork is never easy. I'm working on a friend's squad of space marine scouts at the moment myself.
 

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Nice freehand there I must say it looks amazing, now all we need is a tut but I have two Rhinos I got off a guy here and to say the least it will be a fun project.
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Nice freehand there I must say it looks amazing, now all we need is a tut but I have two Rhinos I got off a guy here and to say the least it will be a fun project.
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What would you like to know? Happy to pass on any info.
 

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Nicely done, I agree with Varakir, it is hard to tell that it is anything but a new kit.
 

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Forgot to say that i really like the job you did on the radar. I just got through painting one up on my latest rhino and i'm going to have to re-do it. Compared to yours mine looks like crap :(

Also forgot the +rep for a job well done, and a superb excercise in eco-friendly wargaming :wink:
 

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excellent restoration mate, ive got a landraider i bought of ebay with bits missing and a less than brilliant paintjob tbh, you've given me a lot of inspiration to get my own restoration going now
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Looks fantastic. Would love to have seen the mess it started as.
Oh man, I really wish I had thought to take a few pics beforehand. It was like nothing you have seen before. I could swear that they held the spray can about 1 inch away and moved as slowly as possible. They did this at least 3 times. The paint was so thick you could not see the tracks or even between the wheels there was so much paint. The only way I knew it was a rhino was because of the basic shape of the hull!
It reminded me of this paper rhino. sort of.. with the exception that you can see the windows and the recessed side pannels on the paper one...



excellent restoration mate, ive got a landraider i bought of ebay with bits missing and a less than brilliant paintjob tbh, you've given me a lot of inspiration to get my own restoration going now
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Thanks! Post up pics of your land raider with both before and after shots, would love to see it.
 

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What did you use to get the paint and glue to come off. I tried using mean green and pine sol and all it did was pretty much make a bad job worse. Any insight in what you used would be great.
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What did you use to get the paint and glue to come off. I tried using mean green and pine sol and all it did was pretty much make a bad job worse. Any insight in what you used would be great.
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Automotive brake fluid.
The cheap stuff from your local auto parts store works just fine. I bought it in a 1 quart bottle for like $3 US. Soak for a few days and scrub with an old toothbrush. Repeat as necessary. After fully stripping the paint, wash parts in a soapy water, rinse and dry. I also soaked it in simple green cleaner mainly to remove any brake fluid residue and the last tiny bits of paint that was in the tight spots. The entire process took about 10 days to get the model down to bare plastic as this thing was seriously abused with the spray cans.

If the model was assembled with a plastic glue, (like the stuff GW sells,) then the model will usually come apart quite easily after soaking in the brake fluid for a few days. I am not too sure if it will break down super glue though.
 

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Brother,
I will have to look into that, well who knows if it will or wont trial and error thing right? Besides I have 8 of these things now so I will show them off when I fix them up nice an proper.
Thanks alot
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