|The original Hot Wheels model, with the decals removed.|
Friday, August 1, 2014
This is the second vehicle I am converting for Axles & Alloys. It is a Hot Wheels model called Turbo Turret. As you can see, it already comes with guns on it - one on a swivel on top, and two molded into the body just above each rear wheel.
This is essentially a repaint and not so much a conversion. I glued the top gun in place (we haven't actually used any sort of turret rules), and glued the wheels in place. I plan on mounting all my vehicles on 1.5"x3" wood bases, similar to what Blake uses, so the wheels don't need to roll. This allows a player to place his model on an incline and keep it from actually rolling back down.
With a bit of a break away from CYO duties these last couple weeks, I have tried to work on some gaming stuff. What I have been most successful with has been converting some die cast cars (Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Maisto, them sorta thangs) for use with the excellent free rules set called Axles & Alloys. You can follow that link to Coopdevil's blog; his link to the rules are in the right hand column. A very simple set of rules to allow car-to-car-to-car combat, much like Mad Max and Car Wars.
This is my first attempt at converting cars, after having researched doing so on youtube and post-apocalypse gaming websites, as well as Hot Wheels restoration/conversion videos. Blake and Brett also gave me great inspiration with cars they have converted.
I have referred to this first one as "Red Racer," simply because thats what I started with. It is an off-brand (not-Hot-Wheels/not-Matchbox) model, that I purchased as part of a big 7 lb. box of die cast cars sold on ebay. I started with this one since there were at least 3 similar models with lots of racing decals on them, so if I "messed this one up" (if thats possible), I had the others to fall back on.
|This is the original model, before any conversion.|
|Red Racer showing the decals removed, card armor and plastic gun added, and bedroll sculpted in greenstuff.|
Then a coat of black primer, shown below…
|The passenger side, showing the bit of brass wire out of the trunk to represent an oil-sprayer device or some such, for some sneaky tactics...|
This is where I stand with this model so far. Not sure what color it will end up being (perhaps keeping it red), but I want to make all the armor plates nice and rusty. I have a second vehicle I am working on at the same time, more of a sanctioned driver with a car built especially for arena dueling.
Sooo I dawdled a while away from my old GoDaddy blog and they got rid of that free service. I dawdled so much that I lost what little content I had posted there, so phooey - I get to start a new one. Based on a couple recommendations from good friends, I'm gonna try this blogger.com service. Sooo, here goes...