Thursday, February 10, 2011

Heresy-Era Thousand Sons - Faux Mk. I Rhino, Part 1

With the hoopla surrounding Chaperhouse Studio's imminent lawsuit, I picked up a couple of their upgrade kits before they get shut down. Specifically, I was interested in their "Mk. I Rhino" upgrade (downgrade?) kits - the pictures on the site were intriguing, but I wasn't able to find any pictures of how the kit looked actually assembled on a current Rhino. For $12, however, I figured I'd go ahead and give it a shot.


The kit contains two side doors, a choice of two front armor plates, a replacement cupola, and a set of decorative side panels to represent the grilles that the old Rhino sported. All the parts fit the model beautifully! I picked up two kits - one for each of the two Tactical squads that I intend to build for the army, but I'm considering ordering a couple more.


I dug around in my bits box to find one of the older-style dozer blades and trimmed the exhaust pipes off the model. I plan on replacing them with some curved exhaust pipes similar to the old style Rhino, but as yet I haven't found the appropriate bits to do so. I've considered making them out of bent tubing, but my initial attempts to bend the tubing I had on hand resulted in kinks and uneven curves. Back to the drawing board on that front!

3 comments:

dylangould said...

This kit might help you out with those exhausts.

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3105

Mordian7th said...

Good call! Thanks for the link, that may be just what I need...

David said...

Did you try bending the tubing over a candle? I have had good luck doing it that way, it will take a bit of practice to get it just right.