Behind her the Rogue Trader dropship leaped raptor-like back into the sky…
That single phrase from the Ordo Xenos retinue story sparked a desire to create the raptor-like dropship.
This is where old ship bits are gathered and reborn – hopefully…
A healthy dose of Aliens, Halo and Firefly pretty much assured that the dropship will have to be VTOL.
When designing ships in 3D, you start with the engines, so a bitz-bargain Hemlock fighter hull became the first donor kit:
Engine internal support structures from styrene tubing (these intakes have since changed):
Not wanting the dropship to look Eldar, I ditched the Hemlock wings early on.
The engines on their own looked a little plain, so I decided to build a wing-nub for the outside edge.
Styrene tube made the starting shape:
Then I sculpted the wing-nub as symmetrical as I could over the tubes – here’s the ‘master’ in place after drying and some vigorous sanding:
Vacuum-formed it twice, one for each engine – it’s not quite symmetrical, but I’ll fix that later with putty:
And that’s it so far.
Thanks for looking!