Scratchbuilt Patoroch Land Raider

Published on 24/10/2018 @09:19:00 by vigilante sculpting

This was my very first scratchbuilt mixed-media model, which kicked off my journey in this scratchbuilding hobby.

I started from a paper template by Eli Patoroch, and experimented with plaster cast tracks from a silicon caulk mold, sculpey and greenstuff, and lots of paper card and cardboard.

It has since gotten a make-over, adding a space marine gunner and all sorts of other (finer) detail, as well as a better paintjob.

Step by step (Steps 1 thru 26 of 26)

These are the posts I made during the making of this project, in chronological order


Scratchbuilding a Land Raider

Published on 2018/07/10 @12:39:00 by vigilante sculpting

Hi everyone, for the last couple of weeks I've been scratchbuilding one of Eli Patoroch's Land Raider models (the Land_Raider_II_2009 model). It's a mixed-media build, [...Read More]

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Constructing the tank tracks

Published on 2018/07/10 @14:33:00 by vigilante sculpting

Here is the tank track construction I mentioned. I used Eli's tracks as a template, and glued the pieces to a piece of paper that [...Read More]

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Track molding and casting

Published on 2018/07/10 @14:58:00 by vigilante sculpting

This post shows the tank track mold making and casting processes. I got this right through a bit of trial and error… In the first [...Read More]

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Track assembly

Published on 2018/07/11 @15:48:00 by vigilante sculpting

Assembling the tracks: I used index card strips to get my centerline, then started gluing the tank tracks. [...Read More]

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Headlights and Engine Exhausts

Published on 2018/07/13 @17:40:00 by vigilante sculpting

Added headlights and engine exhausts. The headlights are discs, the larger ones have some thin guage electric wire I scrounged from work as cages. The [...Read More]

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Crew Hatches

Published on 2018/07/14 @17:13:00 by vigilante sculpting

Built the crew hatches on the top (the back one still needs the last piece, I mucked it up), and attached the headlights to the [...Read More]

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Some details

Published on 2018/07/17 @01:04:00 by vigilante sculpting

Small update: added the little radar dish, a machine spirit symbol, and started on one of the sponson canons. The radar dish is straight out [...Read More]

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Lascannon, Take 2

Published on 2018/07/19 @20:21:00 by vigilante sculpting

As mentioned before I don't like the standard sponson lascannon weapons much, so I'm trying my hand at designing a multimelta, using openSCAD to get [...Read More]

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Lascannon construction

Published on 2018/07/21 @00:44:00 by vigilante sculpting

Tonight I built the new (and improved! ha!) sponson weapons. The red tube that sticks out the top will be trimmed, there is a sensor [...Read More]

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Sponson weapons, Take 3

Published on 2018/07/26 @16:55:00 by vigilante sculpting

I wasn't so happy with the guns, plus it was a tight fit to get them to swivel, so I shortened the design, improved the [...Read More]

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Published on 2018/08/08 @23:42:00 by vigilante sculpting

I've redone the gun covers on the sponsons, plus figured out how I wanted the assembly to work so that I can (a) rotate the [...Read More]

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Main gun barrels

Published on 2018/08/15 @23:23:00 by vigilante sculpting

Making the main gun's barrels. These are just four rolled-up tubes of regular printer paper, glued with purple school glue. Nothing to see here, move [...Read More]

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Main gun, continued

Published on 2018/08/15 @23:28:00 by vigilante sculpting

The main gun has these disks that fit around the barrels, with all sorts of stuff going on. So I cut the disks out of [...Read More]

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Main gun finished!

Published on 2018/08/15 @23:36:00 by vigilante sculpting

Added all the detail around the main gun, looks pretty neat, at least to me. In the last photo you can see the starboard swivel [...Read More]

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Current progress

Published on 2018/08/17 @23:43:00 by vigilante sculpting

Ha. Built the starboard sponson swivel gun, then realized afterwards I had built the mirror image gun armor plate. Sigh. Luckily it is not that [...Read More]

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Rear engine vents

Published on 2018/08/22 @23:34:00 by vigilante sculpting

Spent the evening making the large engine vents on the rear of the vehicle. Lots of tedious cutting and gluing, but the end-result looks nice. [...Read More]

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Smaller details

Published on 2018/08/30 @00:32:00 by vigilante sculpting

Smaller progress lately: added a bunch more rivets, added some more engine detailing, started filling in the minor gaps with some card strips, etc. I'm [...Read More]

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Published on 2018/09/06 @23:02:00 by vigilante sculpting

Working on the iconography (don't know what else to call it!). Got an Imperial Eagle design going, this will go on the front of the [...Read More]

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Published on 2018/09/10 @23:59:00 by vigilante sculpting

Primed & painted the imperial eagle with polyurethane, then applied some thinned silicone. After this I covered it in plain silicon; this will become the [...Read More]

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Final model, almost

Published on 2018/09/11 @00:15:00 by vigilante sculpting

Here are some higher res photos of the (almost) final model, before final prep and painting. There are only a couple of things still to [...Read More]

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Wood hardener

Published on 2018/09/18 @00:09:00 by vigilante sculpting

I decided to add a decent covering of wood hardener to the model. This stuff applies like thin super glue, and soaks the paper/card, when [...Read More]

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Prime time!

Published on 2018/09/18 @00:14:00 by vigilante sculpting

Sprayed everything with gray primer. Have to be patient though, this stuff goes on thick very quickly. I have a couple of spots I've had [...Read More]

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Published on 2018/10/02 @09:45:00 by vigilante sculpting

I've finalized the planned paint scheme, so now I just have to get down and do it. First step, using my airbrush I preshade with [...Read More]

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Tracks, guns, trim, etc

Published on 2018/10/09 @09:38:00 by vigilante sculpting

I realized that there was some unpainted paper in the recesses around the tracks, so I masked off the tracks and ran the airbrush over [...Read More]

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Paint progress

Published on 2018/10/18 @11:22:00 by vigilante sculpting

Slowly getting somewhere on the painting. I want to post this update otherwise it feels like I'm stagnating Some of the fine details (the aquilla/twin-headed [...Read More]

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Scratchbuilt Land Raider, done!

Published on 2018/10/24 @09:19:00 by vigilante sculpting

Here's the finished model, paint job is complete. At least, I call it complete. Because otherwise I'd be tempted to go in and redo everything [...Read More]

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