All Quiet on the Martian Front – HMLS Bodger

HMLS Bodger has slowly taken shape.

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The side sponson turrets are based around the top of the old GW hexagon paint pot lids.  I used the hinge as the gun attachment as it looked like something which swivelled up and down.  There are two of these on each side of the land ship.

The wheels were liberated from a broken Playmobil crane.

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The two main turrets were made slightly differently.  The main turret is a cream jar which is screwed into a hole cut into the hull.  This allows the turret to turn simply by screwing/unscrewing the turret slightly.  The turret at the front is a hazelnut spread jar lid.  It was originally constructed with a card sleeve which went around the lid and allowed the gun to rotate.  Unfortunately it became stuck during the painting so no longer rotates (something to correct in future incarnations)

Early pictures with a tripod to give some sense of scale.  the surplus parts from the US tanks were put to good use as doorways and panels, as well as additional small gun ports around the side and front of the ship.

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The central tower takes shape.  This dismantles to fit into the storage box.  The gun barrels were made from either plastic toy arrows cut up, biro tubes, or biro casings.

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Confirmation of the landslip at home within a 9 litre Really Useful Box.

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I’ll try and get the templates for the hull and tower up shortly as a Powerpoint slide or pdf.

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