I'm back with another Tutorial Tuesday! We're back to Vypers (which are not here to vash and vipe your vindows) tonight AND we back to a tutorial that I have first hand experience with. Well at least I should anyway. I wrote it!
Excuse me while I whip this out...
As much fun as the Eldar kits are to build and paint, they design decisions behind their production are still very much stuck in the wonderful world of GW design decisions circa the late 90's. Lots of metal/plastic hybrid kits and lots of missing options. To their credit, GW has been steadily getting rid of the things like the old fire prism and Leman Russ Demolisher kits. However, its gonna be a while before the issue of the missing shurkine cannons get addressed.
Now, I can't help you guys with the Falcon, but I do have a solution for the Vyper. And it only uses parts that come with the kit.
|Here are the nubbins to cut off on the main body. For the fore mention test fitting, I recommend assembling the upper and lower halves around this step.|
|Here are all the parts with most of the big trimming done. NOTE: the trimming is not done. Be prepared for lots of fine tuning as you work through this. Be sure to click on this for the full size image.|
|I've now attached the seat rib to the main body. At this juncture, you're going to be doing even more test fitting. And then some trimming to make sure the cannon fits the way you want it. See below.|
|Bottom view of the assemble. The one thing that will ruin this conversion is a crooked gun. Check it from ALL angles and let the glue set before you set it down somewhere safe (so the gun isn't taking any weight)|
|Unnecessary top view.|
There's a shot of the finished product in this post, but I apologize for the poor image quality. Look for a better pic later.