Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#11 » Feb 24 2014 08:44

Just a minor update, some extra detailing done, just started on the weapon system, then the engines.
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Post#12 » Feb 24 2014 10:59

I have to say at the beginning I was really questioning whether this would really be possible and look so clean. I have to say you are making me a believer. You should keep track of your cost to see how little you really end up spending.
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Post#13 » Mar 01 2014 05:38

Have to say I agree with Chris, it will be interesting to track costs and I'm admiring your work for keeping things smooth and carefully designed.

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Post#14 » Mar 01 2014 07:24

Really nice to see a good scratchbuild log men! The build looks superp. the detailing very clean. ill keep my eyes open for this one.
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Post#15 » Mar 04 2014 06:51

Hey guys, thanks for the great comments! If only done a little in the last few days as we have just had our second boy on the 25/02/14 so a bit of family time since. I've done a little on the weapon system and will hopefully have some new pics up soon :-) stay posted!
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Post#16 » Mar 04 2014 07:23

Congratulations on the newborn! I don't think any of us will resent you for paying attention to a new addition to the Greater Good. You are gunna raise him Tau, right? :P

I have to admit, when I first saw this project starting out, I thought, "yeah, they'll probably get the shape down, and for a fraction of the cost, but it won't have any detail.

Thanks for proving me wrong, because I really wanna scratch-build one of these for giggles.

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Post#17 » Mar 08 2014 08:12

Had a great 3000pt game of Tau Empire vs Chaos SM's today purge the Alien... Won by a small thrashing of 16 pts vs 8 pts sorry Ryan (brother)! :biggrin:
So I've got most of the weapon system complete on the tau orca and some additional detailing on top I will post some pics in the next few days after I've built the engines.
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Post#18 » Mar 14 2014 09:26

A small update on the Tau Orca Project, I've started on the four engines and got the basics done on the underneath weapon.
The engines are been held on by some 20mm diameter magnets on the inside and the weapon system is still basic but it will have a sliding panel like the true model does as magnets and other systems seem just to hard... To late now but I could have made the weapon magnet on and remove and placed on a decorative cover aswell...
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Post#19 » Mar 15 2014 02:01

Wow man! Awesome work! Seeing your post makes me want to build my own Orca. Hey, have you build other tau models from scratch? Anyway, congrats! I'll be ceratinly following your updates. Nice and clean work! Great!

By the way, could you explain furthermore on how you made the engine rotating system please?
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Post#20 » Mar 16 2014 12:16

Cheers for the good comments, to answer your questions... This is my first scratch built vehicle, I've made some alterations to previous ones but that's it.
The engines are been held in place by two magnets one on the inside of the engine and one in the housing. So far the engines hold in place fine but I'm planning on placing some small ones around the outside to make rotation locking points

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I marked the place where the magnets were going in pen and the cut the balsa in a grid pattern then scratched out the depth I then superglued the magnet in and then placed a wooden cap over it to ensure once built the magnet can't come out! Also these magnets where very high stregnth, probably a little two strong to be placed on the outside.
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Post#21 » Aug 18 2014 03:38

In case people are following this topic I want to let you know I'm back on the build I have been working on the four engines today, I have puttied the cracks and started to sculpt the air intake. I will focus on getting the out side finished so I can start using it on the battle field then finish of the interior :-)
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#22 » Aug 18 2014 04:35

Your build is taking shape there Dobbo84! Really liking the wood/plastic hybrid. - I keep my eye on this one.
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Post#23 » Aug 18 2014 05:05

Pretty, darn awesome, to think yo actually used wood for this.

Must weight a lot though.
Anyway good job. Keep us posted on the progress !

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Post#24 » Aug 31 2014 08:51

So I've got a little done, mainly some curving of the edges and tried some grooving if the panels (not 100% on the grooving outcome yet)
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Still need to seal it with pva glue to make the balsa stronger but little steps are getting there.

Broke the base rod yesterday so now I need to make a new one, I'm going to look for some solid clear rods that will give it good height and stregnth. Once I get a good coat of pva glue over the whole thing I will endeavor to get some more sculpting and details done.

Does any one know of a good match for the the tau colour (vomit brown/tau light ochre) is a spray can (Australia) ???
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Post#25 » Sep 01 2014 01:55

It looks so great. Do you have a running total on what you have spent? Don't know a spray can you can get but maybe someone else can help you there. I just have to say this is one of the highest quality scratch built tau aircraft that I have ever scene. Keep up the hard work.
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#26 » Sep 01 2014 02:05

I don't have an exact dollar figure at the moment but a close calc would equal about $100 and I have all the materials I need pretty much. I've just brought some transfer decal paper that should arrive soon so my devilfish etc are about to get a birthday of differant designs on the side doors, I'll probably turn these excellent drawings that I found online in to some transfers if I can get a hold of the original artists...


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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#27 » Sep 01 2014 02:12

Looks great to me and I really love the idea of the pinup girls on Tau aircraft. Very much harkens back to the days of World War Two.
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#28 » Sep 01 2014 04:32

Amazing work Dobbo, the orca is an really cool dropship, and yours seems to become a great version of it.
The only thing that seems a bit off is the size of the engines (being to small, specially when in forward mode, but in vertical mode they do look great)

Good luck and hope to see it finished soon

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