Author Topic: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank 4/26 Update - With wash and kit  (Read 2714 times)

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Using 2 kits picked up at the last show, an AFV Club Stryker MGS and a Hobby Boss Merkava ARV.  I scratch built the skirt with experience from the King Ghidorah skirt, went much better this time. It will have the Stryker’s MGS.

Skirt





The proof of concept.



Side engine bays.




1st run - basics




2ND run – closing the holes




« Last Edit: April 26, 2022, 10:22:06 PM by Steve Blazo »
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2022, 12:50:25 AM »
Wow! I'm already liking this. 


It'll be a big beast, won't it?

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2022, 12:52:13 AM »
Wow!  Off to a great start with this project!  :smiley:
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2022, 02:01:44 AM »
It'll be a big beast, won't it?
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Mastiffs tend to be large ...
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2022, 04:38:29 AM »
Yesssssssss !!!!!

Great vision so far on this, I am really liking this layout.

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2022, 06:57:23 AM »
Oh, yeah! Can't wait to see where this goes, Steve! :D :D
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2022, 01:45:54 AM »
Off to a good start - carry on! (Mastiffs have pretty powerful jaws, too, as I recall.)

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2022, 04:38:51 AM »
Awesome!

The Merk really dwarfs the MGS, I thought you were scale bashing for a second!

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2022, 02:12:25 PM »
Is better with each picture.   Definitely gunna  be good one.

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2022, 10:09:49 PM »
Awesome!

The Merk really dwarfs the MGS, I thought you were scale bashing for a second!

The Merkava is considerably wider but not, actually, that much longer than the Stryker platform; Steve has just put a fairly significant extension in near the rear of the tank hull.
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2022, 08:56:09 PM »
3rd Run –





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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2022, 11:10:38 PM »
This is going to be so cool.

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2022, 08:54:31 PM »
Turret added and some more details.  It scales out to be 31x19x12 feet. Bigger than a M1 MBT and smaller than a SR.N6.





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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2022, 09:08:47 PM »
 8) :smiley:
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2022, 12:11:27 AM »
Awesome.


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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2022, 01:53:18 AM »
Looks really good! Is the fan in the background part of the propulsion system?

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2022, 01:56:48 AM »
Looks really good! Is the fan in the background part of the propulsion system?

That fan is from Snap-On Tools and is so cool !!  When turned on it has the time and temp displayed on a led chip (?) that spins with the fan.
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2022, 03:28:29 AM »
Cool! It's a POV (persistence of vision) LED display.

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2022, 05:31:56 AM »
Just great. I have a very, very old metal 15mm gaming Grav tank from the GDW Traveller miniature range that has very similar lines, that is part of the reason I love this build

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2022, 05:38:29 AM »
I wonder about making bigger windows to disguise the source of the upper upper hull, or something less traditional for a main gun?

I love how this gets rid of the most and second most tedious part of AFV's - tracks and roadwheels!!


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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2022, 09:14:04 PM »
Thanks for the ideas Gingie, I have some bumps and boxes that might help break up the Stryker shape. Also going to put a .50 cal mount in the Stryker's driver hatch.  Thought about a square tube main gun barrel, but it did not look right to me on the Stryker turret.  The big thing now is deciding on a color scheme.
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2022, 12:40:35 AM »
The big thing now is deciding on a color scheme.

Sometimes "anything goes" makes it harder to pick colours. I can say that, Hexagons are IN! Tiger stripes are OUT! Hover tanks are so hot right now!

If the skirt is means to be some kind of flexible rubber, you could go nuts with the chipping of a temporary winter or desert scheme as the lower hull flexes. Or maybe its a USN vessel... or USCG with the orange stripe on white  ???

Offline Steve Blazo

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2022, 09:32:23 PM »
Last run –














As I walk through the valley of death,
I have no fear, because I am the meanest mother*ucker in the whole valley.
- Gen. George S. Patton

Offline Old Wombat

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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank 2/28 Update
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2022, 09:52:33 PM »
Nice greebling! 8)

Just wondering what the Stryker mirrors* on the back are going to be? ???

The .50cal in front of the driver reminds me of something from one of the Hammer's Slammers stories; but I last read them about 15 years ago & can't recall the full details, now. :-\




[*: The left side one's slightly crooked. You know that, right? ;)]
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Re: SLB Heavy Industries – Mastiff class Hover Tank 2/28 Update
« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2022, 10:08:22 PM »
Various air intake features make perfect sense and the rest falls into place.  :smiley:
On a roll, keep going !