Modelling: Land Raider Crusader

The first true modelling post is finally here! Im taking on a Land Raider Crusader, let’s see how it turns out!

This is my current workstation, conveniently also occupied by the computer.

What I have clipped out and assembled so far. Everything that will be facing inwards has been sprayed.

The reason I’ve sprayed some of the pieces black at this stage is because they will be facing inwards, which means, first of all, that they will be hard to spray after the vehicle is complete. Secondly, it also means that it will be close to impossible to actually paint them together with the rest. “Why bother painting them?”, you probably say. Well, that’s just how I do it, simple as that. As I’ve already mentioned, the Black Templars are to be my “detailed army”, so if there are things to be painted inside a vehicle, I’ll be damned if I don’t finish the job.

Let’s have a closer look at the assembly process itself. The most important thing for me is to rid the pieces of any mold lines and whatever might be left from the sprue. This is achieved through the use of a scalpel and a small file. Nothing fancy-looking, just to even out the surface. You’ll never get rid of the “wounds” from the sprue that way, but they will be completely covered up when sprayed. Most important is to get smooth surfaces where individual pieces are to be joined with glue. Take a look at the pictures below:

Next time I will be assembling more of the actual vehicle, but before that the interior parts are to be painted.

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!

About Tejech

Film student with a taste for movies (!), the heavier part of rock music and the phenomenon that is Warhammer 40,000. View all posts by Tejech

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