HERMES Air Assault

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Hi all,
now that I finally finished my shelf queen ATHENA I have time to tackle new ideas.
As previously mentioned I have an idea for a dio with a militarized version of the HERMES conducting an air assault and dropping off some troops.

The first sketch for the MkII version shows the new nose and the chin mounted mini-gun.
814627_sm-1st%20sketch.jpg

I had the mini-gun already built a few weeks ago for the "Meeting of Scouts" diorama but didn't use it. So now it will be a part of the new HERMES.
814628_sm-basic%20body.jpg

Since the pieces are almost identical to the original HERMES the build was pretty fast.
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Here's a comparison between the MkI and MkII
814631_sm-brothers.jpg

Next up were the wings and rotatable fins.
814632_sm-wings.jpg
814633_sm-bild%20process.jpg

As usual the generous help of Green Putty was required :)
814634_sm-more%20putty.jpg
814635_sm-sanded.jpg

I changed the details a bit and here you can see the rear fin being rotated to a "forward" position, while the front fin is rotated to the "landing" position.
814636_sm-rotated%20fin.jpg
814637_sm-rotated.jpg

But for the diorama both will be in the landing position.
814638_sm-landed.jpg

The MkII also received two auto-cannons for the wings.
814639_sm-auto-cannons.jpg

The start of the rear/main thruster.
814640_sm-thruster%20step%201.jpg

Not exactly the same as on the MkI
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But looks similar :)
814642_sm-main%20thruster.jpg

Then I built the thrusters for the nose and underbelly
814643_sm-new%20thri.jpg

But they were too high - not looking good!
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So I built another set of thrusters and they are now the same height as the MkI HERMES.
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Next I added some details to the chin gun - mainly the ammo feed.
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The pilots windows are also a bit different form the original ones.
814647_sm-New%20windows.jpg

Finally I built some rocket launchers for under the wings.
814648_sm-building%20rocket%20launcher.jpg

Only 7 shots each, but a nice extra punch I think.
814649_sm-7%20shots%20each.jpg

And they look good on the HERMES.
814650_sm-mounted%20rockets.jpg

This is as far as I got :)
I hope you like it.

Cheers

Klaus
 
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Thank you Quaralane :)

In case you haven't seen it, I merged all ATHENA posts into one page:

http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/p/athena.html

But be warned, it is huge and will take a long time to load.

The build of the HERMES continued over the last few days, and I think I made good progress.
First I added the intake fan.
815030_sm-intake%20fan.jpg

Then the first armor panels and the front grill.
815031_sm-grill%20and%20panels.jpg

More panels.
815032_sm-panels.jpg

After that I started to build up the passenger pod.
815033_sm-passenger%20pod.jpg

Fits snugly under the body.
815034_sm-Snug.jpg

Other than the VIP pod, this one has sliding doors.
815035_sm-sliging%20doors.jpg
815036_sm-sliding%20doors.jpg

As Malevengion commented:

One thing I wonder about the HERMES design is how is it intended to maneuver? It's got plenty of thrust and vectored thrust nozzles for VTOL capability but seems a bit light on control surfaces. Of course, it's a bit of a roar in there and cause carnage sort of aircraft so it works (and it's looking good too!) but that's just my take. I look forward to seeing this diorama come along!

Maneuver? We're Imperial Guard! We only go straight! And we're only going forward 'cause we can't find reverse :)

Just kidding.
I added some flaps to the fins (top and side) that should allow some additional maneuver force to the various thrusters.
815037_sm-flaps.jpg

With most of the inside completed I worked on the passenger pod.
First was the bench.
815038_sm-starting%20the%20bench.jpg

GreenStuff for the cushions.
815039_sm-cushions.jpg

And some holders/handles for the seats (in open position).
815040_sm-Handles.jpg

Mounted together with some grab handles.
815041_sm-in%20the%20pod.jpg

Almost done!
815042_sm-almost%20done.jpg

Still needs the lights and a million of rivets :)
I really like this version of the HERMES.

What do you think?
Cheers

klaus
 
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Hi all,

thank you Quaralane.

In my part of Germany the summer is very hot and very humid - murky - and we have quite a lot thunderstorms.
One could say Germany now has "rainy season".
It makes working and live a bit exhausting, breaking sweat just by moving a finger :p

But I got to work a bit more on the HERMES.
I started off with cutting the wood to the base size (30x30cm).
816058_sm-dio%20base.jpg

Then I built up the mountain on which the air assault is to happen.
I used Styrofoam as base.
816059_sm-building%20the%20mountain.jpg

And covered everything up with cheap masking tape.
816060_sm-masking%20tape.jpg

I want it to look as if the HERMES is hovering above ground while unloading the troops.
816061_sm-hovering%20position.jpg

Once satisfied with everything I covered it with instant plaster.
816062_sm-covered%20in%20plaster.jpg

And while the plaster was still wet I added sand and little rocks. The sand is standard bird cage sand and some small black deco rocks.
816063_sm-adding%20sand.jpg

The HERMES on the cured mountain section.
816064_sm-HERMES%20hovering.jpg
816065_sm-HERMES%20unloading%20troops.jpg

While the plaster cured I started to build some assault rifles and dismantled heavy weapons.
You can see I folded the tripod for the heavy Bolter and mounted the bi-pod for the mortar to the tube in a folded position.
816066_sm-special%20weapons.jpg

Next I started to position the troops.
816068_sm-more%20troopers.jpg

As you can see there's still a lot to do, much, much cleanup.
816069_sm-unloading.jpg

What do you think so far?
Cheers
Klaus
 

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