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Thursday 14 September 2023

Scratch built 18mm USMC Scifi Lander

It has been some time since I scratch built something.
I got these 6mm minis which are great for 15/18mm also & decided to build them a transport, sort of a Sci-Fi Chinook.

These are my Usmc in space. Possibilities are endless .
Quite nice minis with very nice poses especially the seated ones, though I did kitbash them like the side HMG gunner who is prone in the set.

The Transport's build is mostly card with egg plastic carton bits ( the transparent plastic parts ). The front part can be detached from the back with a slot and magnet. Back can carry infantry & vehicles/drones.

I will do 2 engine versions -  Atmospheric turbo fans ( juice pack caps ) and Space travel Jet engines ( empty 35mm film roll cases which I had for years ). Magnets & thin galvanised sheet metal sheets will be used to enable quick change. Sheet metal is used in engineering but any iron based food can like a sardine can's lid can be used ( careful very sharp ) . Use a magnet to check tin before buying πŸ˜‰at the supermarket. Or simply just use 2 magnets . easier.

Magnets & sheet metal bits will also be used throughout to hold back door & infantry in place. The side doors can be covered with card/foam pieces.

Must think of a suitable Usmc name for it now. Marines have a particular way to name things & these names always seem to stick like gum to a shoe. Suggestions ?

Front part can be place at different heights. Next landing gear will be done ( thanks to Warmonkey for pointing this out ). I will have to find a way to make the landing gear height adjustable. 3d printed perhaps ?

Thanks for your comments.


  1. This is creative as hell, I do love how you envision the final product and turn all the materials into something this awesome!

  2. Thank you for the praise my friend .
    Glad you like it.
    I love to share my work. Hopefully it will inspire someone to recycle what otherwise becomes trash & save the world a bit at a time. Just imagine if 100 people do it ...we will have 100 more who recycle ..if a 1000 do it.... if 100,000....πŸ˜‰
    Let us hope for a better future. Yes?