Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

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Dobbo84
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

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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Xauk
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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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Myrdin
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

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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Dobbo84
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

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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Chris in the socal
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

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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Dobbo84
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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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De'terra
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#29 » Sep 01 2014 04:45

That is looking REALLY good there!
I really admire the effort you are putting into the scratchbuilding.

I wanted to do the same with my Manta but I opted for the easy way out :D

On a side note, I placed the images in a spoiler tag so that people at work have a bit of a warning before opening them.

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Tael
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#30 » Sep 03 2014 12:47

Really impressive work and use of mediums for the shaping :)

Thanks for the run down and images.

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Huru MorDae
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#31 » Jun 28 2015 06:24

Are there any templates being used in this?
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RvTiberiusJackhammer
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#32 » Jul 05 2015 01:00

Great work, I didn't know you could achieve such a well-machined, smooth contour with balsa. Appreciate the detail you go into on the materials/techniques/measurements used in creating this beast, great resource.

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Dobbo84
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#33 » Nov 17 2015 10:23

Hey guys, sorry for such a long wait before replies!!!

I have moved house and been very busy setting up my Landscaping Business which has left me no time to conduct any work since. but still sits up on my cupboard away from the kids.

The plans I used where from a Forge World book that I photocopied to scale on to an A3 sheet of paper. I will try and dig them out and post them on here shortly for anyone that is intersted in building there own.

Once again thanks for all the possitive feedback on this 'part' build... so far! :biggrin:
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#34 » Nov 19 2015 01:45

Absolutely incredible!
Looking forward to seeing this finished,
I wish I had your talent.

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Zaeley
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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#35 » Nov 26 2015 11:11

Breathtaking! I was always saddened by the fact they stopped sale of the orca, but its great to see people filling that gap.

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Re: Tau Orca Project - Scratch Built

Post#36 » Dec 30 2016 10:02

Did this project ever reach completion?
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