Sudsy's Benchtop - BMP inspired Chimera replacement

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Toothpicks are a good choice as they are disposable, or as I do re-sharpened occasionally, with my #11 blade. I tend, though to use a tapestry needle ( it is just a large needle that is blunt on the pointed end) as I get a more reliable "rivet", and it is one of the 2 only times I will use Elmers-Glueall, as I can place a squeeze on my left index finger, hold the model in the same hand and pick up a dab with the needle and apply it with just touching the surface of the model, with the glue. It ( as you have probably found out) takes a bit of practice to get consistent results. I will usually make one pass with the needle, then when dry add another on top, which adds just the right amount of rivet shape. Elmers has just the right liquid quality to work well and dries quickly for this purpose. If you mess up, you can just wipe it away while wet and do over.

( The only other time I use Elmers, is to laminate thick card, by spreading it on one surface with one of the hundred or so plastic cards that come in the mail for me to go in debt with, it spreads well, and using a roller makes a great laminate, it must be weighted down, however, or you get the inevitable warpage)!
 
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( The only other time I use Elmers, is to laminate thick card, by spreading it on one surface with one of the hundred or so plastic cards that come in the mail for me to go in debt with, it spreads well, and using a roller makes a great laminate, it must be weighted down, however, or you get the inevitable warpage)!
Maybe I need to sift through my junk mail more carefully in search of building supplies!
 
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Maybe I need to sift through my junk mail more carefully in search of building supplies!
I sifted through my wife's sewing supplies! Junk mail is what you use to build the model, all those political ads are perfect cardstock to build something!;)

( that and collecting stuff since the 60's doesn't hurt either! )
 

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I sifted through my wife's sewing supplies! Junk mail is what you use to build the model, all those political ads are perfect cardstock to build something!;)

( that and collecting stuff since the 60's doesn't hurt either! )
Sifting through my wife's sewing room is asking for a summary execution on my part... But I will re-evaluate the political junk mail right now! Might even feel good cutting some of it up (well, all of it really).

Now, you have a very deep archive of stuff to go through! I've only got about five years worth myself... The cereal/cracker box I used on this project for example was some of my first material I started stocking a few years back. Can't go wrong with the name brand boxes, generic store brands really save you the money on an equivalent product with paper they use on the box it seems.
 

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Seems that the picture posting issue is indeed FIXED! Many thanks and gratitude to the Admins who worked on that! Here is the progress I mentioned earlier. As of tonight, I have the other side done as well and will be moving on with my assembly!
 

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Massive picture uploads today folks!
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The hull of "bimp one" (BMP series Chimera alternative) is complete. A sample of my material choices are pictured as well. "Bimp two" and "bimp three" are going to be assembled differently! I will stick to cereal box for the hull skeleton, and some laminated details. Otherwise, it will be the bristol for the rest with supports like what I see elsewhere here with other members builds.
 

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Bristol board is expensive. I used to use it, but then moved to 13" x 19" 110 lb. card stock, which is very close, and works better IMHO, and is much less expensive. :)
 
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Bristol board is expensive. I used to use it, but then moved to 13" x 19" 110 lb. card stock, which is very close, and works better IMHO, and is much less expensive. :)
Then again, looking at that paper package, it might be "index" card stack, not bristol like I thought...
 

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I understand. Years ago, when I knew nothing about paper, other than it's retail appearance in packaging, an artist friend told me about Bristol Board. I thought it was God's gift, but expensive. A few years later, I stumbled upon Card Stock, in 67 lb. and 110 lb. weights, and the price of a ream of those papers was the same price as one poster sized Bristol board. Boy, that really changed things. I used to make a lot of rubber band aircraft, using Brake fluid to really wind them up, and Balsa wood for the rest. I then started using the Card Stock, and being able to bend it, and form it, and glue it so much easier, with really no sanding, that Balsa wood requires, I made some fantastic flying airplanes, usually with the main spare out of Balsa, but the rest with Card stock, sealed with clear coat.

I would go to the town park which had huge fields with tall grass at one end, which really caught the planes without damaging. I gave all those planes away, I usually give away everything I make and have very little to show for it. Surprisingly, many of the people I gave paper models to still have them, some showing their age, others that were in a box, hidden away, looking like their ready to fly!

It's amazing how many people think they can't make these things. One friend, who we made a few together, told me the difference was on how mine flew. It took a long time to explain center of lift and center of gravity, ailerons, and forget about when you decide to power them with rubber bands, that's another whole can of worms. I did teach him about making gliders, and he did make some fantastic ones, some that he ended up losing, they went so high, they caught a breeze that just took them away. :)
 
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Then again, looking at that paper package, it might be "index" card stack, not bristol like I thought...
It is virtually the same... though called differently. I have several tablets of Bristol Plate and Worthy Bristol Board... and with the ole' calipers just now they measure in at .23mm thick. The N Exact 299g/sm I also use measures in at .24mm thick!! That's why I gave up on card thickness and all the other nonsense connected and just found a couple I like and was able to measure as I am only concerned with thickness!! Sorry... I go nuts on which and what concerning cardstock!
 

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Now, I just need to add weapons, otherwise, the turret is done! On the Facebook page for WH40K Papercraft, Patoroch himself asked for pictures to add to the next catalog... The pressure is on!
 

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More painting in progress! Delta Ceramcoat acrylics and my homemade wet palette. I get really good results. Maybe not competition quality, but results that still look good on the gaming table!

31JUL19 Edit: Added the remaing photos of the "BIMP 1" build with the painting process from primer to final photos!

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