Plastic Thunderhawk Conversion – How To

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Sometimes you see a conversion or a paint job that’s just so awe-inspiring, that you want to try it yourself. Rarely does it seem like you see two of these in a row, much less from the same person.

Thunderhawk walpaperRichard Powell has only posted two models over on the Hobbies Facebook Page, and they have BOTH been phenomenal. (remember this lil’ guy?)

I think Richard may be a ‘Master Builder’ from LEGO in disguise. Whatever the case thanks so much for sharing this with us Richard, it’s by far the best one I’ve seen yet!

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He was even so kind to post up an ad hoc how to guide as well on how to make this spectacular Thunderhawk Conversion.

2 Storm Ravens and 1 Rhino make up the bulk. Wings and nose bits from a Valkyrie kit. Misc parts
here and there from my bits boxes (Imperial Knight battle cannon, plasticard, etc).
 
Some of you asked about the build plans to my Icarus Pattern Thunderhawk that was posted earlier. I’m not sure I still have a link to those, as they were sent to me by someone else.I do remember that I ended up deviating from them significantly because I wasn’t satisfied with how it looked (it looked like a daisy chain of Storm Ravens and Rhino). That, and I just wanted to inject some of my own design aesthetic into it anyway.
Attached are 10 pics of my specific build when it was in progress. They’re not quite plans, but hopefully they’ll point aspiring kitbashers in the right direction. Feel free to tweak it to your own tastes.
 
Kits used:
2 Storm Ravens, Rhino, Valkyrie (wings, nose panels, and tail booms), and misc pieces from my bits bins.
Materials price was roughly $250, give or take.
 
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