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!


  1. This kit might help you out with those exhausts.

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

  3. 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.