Friday, 22 July 2011

Toy Soldiers: Tutorial - Putting together a CMG Guardian Drone

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The Critical Mass Games Praesentia RAL Guardian Drone is fairly similar, in construction, to the Hyperion Drone.

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The Guardian Drone is quite a bit smaller than the Hyperion and it has more white metal parts.

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The main hull of the Guardian Drone has a similar waste resin piece attached to it as that on the Hyperion. It is however, considerably easier to remove.

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A couple of quick snips with the end cutters and a bit of filing with a needle file and the hull is ready for assembly.

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The metal parts need very little clean up at all, there is no flash, and no mould lines at all, very high quality casting.

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The two main gun options on the Guardian are made of white metal. I assume as they are smaller than the ones on the Hyperion, the white metal is more practical than using resin.

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I still found it necessary to pin the gun barrel onto the hull. For details of how I attached the gun barrel refer to the Hyperion article.

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The fit is once again very neat, and I am sure that once it is painted it will be difficult to see the join.

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As I am not sure, as yet, how I am going to paint these models, I have tacked the side nacelles on to the hull with a small drop of superglue. Once I have finalised the painting I will pin and glue them as I did with the gun barrel.

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These last photos show the completed RAL Guardian Drone sitting next to and ARC Fleet APC and a single ARC Fleet trooper, for scale.

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