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Offline Ramba

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Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:44:48 PM »
Hi all! My first post.

This is the Bandai 1/100 Mobile Pod Ball being modified as an autonomous weapons system. I am adding the Tamiya 1/35 20mm Flakvierling guns to it. I replaced the Tamiya kit barrels with some RB Model 20mm KwK 30 metal barrels. This weapons system will be done as 1/35 to go along with some of my other 1/35 what if projects.

It is still a WIP. It will eventually be painted in some sort of camo but not sure what yet. It was supposed to be mounted on mech walker legs but the kit I ordered never showed up but was luckily refunded the full amount. Not sure what to use for the mech walker legs now. Still mulling it over.









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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2019, 12:11:39 AM »
Great build. Much cooler than the original!

IMHO, forget the legs, and do something on the "Oblivion" drone style, but with a WW2 twist :)

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2019, 03:24:33 AM »
Looking good.

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2019, 07:43:17 AM »
I'm delighted already!

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2019, 10:08:04 AM »
Great build. Much cooler than the original!

IMHO, forget the legs, and do something on the "Oblivion" drone style, but with a WW2 twist :)

Thanks! No legs will save me money hahaha! Still not entirely sure what I am going to do as I can't find anything suitable to use for the legs.

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2019, 10:08:55 AM »
I'm delighted already!

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Thanks!

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2019, 11:16:56 AM »
Looking good, perhaps put on a tracked base or on a base that represents a partial deck and hull of a Kriegsmarine warship.

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2019, 05:15:48 PM »
"Open the Pod Bay door, HAL!"

2001 gets weaponised. ;D


Good work, Ramba! :smiley:


I wouldn't bother with legs, either. The anti-grav idea is much cooler.

... On the other hand, if you want to keep the tech more realistic, 6 or 8 legs would also be cool (look at photo's of insects & spiders for inspiration, rather than real robots).
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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2019, 07:35:58 PM »
Soooo nice.  :smiley:
Says gun boat turret to me.  A bad ass one !

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2019, 10:43:44 PM »
Thanks for all the comments. Some great ideas for me to think about.

My original intent was to mount the Pod Ball on the legs from the KOTOBUKIYA HEXAGEAR Blockbuster VF Ver KA. Unfortunately the kit I ordered never arrived after waiting 2 months. I got a full refund though. I haven't found another one cheap enough though so still looking.


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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2019, 04:43:36 AM »
Here is the KOTOBUKIYA HEXAGEAR Blockbuster VF Ver KA kit. I am only using the mech legs though. They are pretty sturdy and supports the Gundam Ball nicely. The Gundam Ball is just resting on top of the legs for now. I still need to find a way to attach the Gundam Ball to the legs so the ball rotates. I think I have a trashed Gundam kit somewhere that I can use the connection part from the torso.

The Gundam Ball is 1/100, the guns are 1/35 and the Hexagear is 1/24 but my kit bash will be a 1/35 autonomous fire support weapons system. I put a Live Resin 1/35 figure next to it for size comparison.







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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2019, 05:10:45 AM »
My favorite part of this is the guns.

Those are some very nice looking barrels and I could see them on an AFV.

Nice work, looks pretty complex and full of details. It finished up quite sharply!

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2019, 12:38:39 PM »
Looking good
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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2019, 10:10:00 PM »
Thanks for the comments everyone!

I wanted the ball to rotate freely on the legs so that the ball could rotate without having the legs turn the whole system around but I am having a hard time fitting the ball to the legs. I don't have anything in my spares box that will attach the two different companies parts together. I will probably have to scratch build something.

Bandai does make a Polypod kit with the mech legs included but the Polypod kit is pretty expensive and the ball still doesn't rotate freely. The Bandai Gundam Ball and the KOTOBUKIYA HEXAGEAR kits I got were a lot cheaper than getting the Polypod kit by itself. This is why I went with getting the Gundam Ball and Hexagear kits. Even with the Tamiya 20mm Flak and metal barrels, all together it was still cheaper than getting the Polypod kit. I got my Bandai 1/35 M61A5 MBT cheaper than the Polypod kit.

Here is the Polypod kit I was looking at but it is just not affordable at this time.

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2019, 10:34:47 PM »
 :smiley: 8)
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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2019, 02:46:10 AM »
Managed to rig something to get the ball fitted tot he legs and still rotate. Not exactly what I wanted but it works. Also added a FLIR, smoke dischargers and a DUKE antenna.





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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2019, 05:29:47 AM »
Might I suggest moving the FLIR and the smoke dischargers to the top of the ball for better visibility and such? Just my $0.02 worth. I like the look of this build either way.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2019, 10:39:42 AM by kerick »

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2019, 07:52:26 AM »
Might I suggest moving the FLIR and the smoke dischargers to the top of the ball for better visibility and such?
That would also get you better range on the smoke dischargers.  I agree, though, I'm really liking the look of this build.

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2019, 09:45:12 AM »
That looks great! It goes well with the 1/35 figure. The pod could also be used as a space pod of some sort (like in 2001). The barrels look awesome!



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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2019, 10:26:45 AM »
There actually isn't anywhere else to mount the smoke dischargers. Where I have them now is the only place they fit. Same with the FLIR.

I do have an AFV 1/35 M151 RWS that I could probably fit on the top but then the DUKE antenna will interfere with the RWS full rotation.

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2019, 02:54:45 AM »
What a cool beast! :smiley:

I actually think the FLIR/EO turret fits right where it is. I'd assume it's mostly for steering the whole shebang. Some sort of laser scanning the ground it walks on.
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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2019, 06:14:00 PM »
nice one

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2019, 07:58:22 AM »
Hey, That's no Zaku!  ;) Looking good so far. I have one of the older kits of the Ball in my stash, but I'm going to be converting it into the opposite of a diving bell. ( Eventually. ) Good luck with the rest of the build.

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Re: Bandai Mobile Pod Ball
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2019, 11:09:53 AM »
That's looking beautiful.  It somewhat reminds me of a villain's weapon/recce system from the old Johnny Quest TV show.