Conversion Guide: Pimp My Fish
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A quick check of the conversion pictures at the bottom of the article should give you a good enough reference to solve most problems.
You will need
- 1 x Sky Ray kit
- Some spare Tau bitz (or at least 1 x Gun Drone, a battlesuit Burst cannon, ideally an XV25 burst cannon and 2 small flying bases)
- 1 x Hobby Saw
- 1 x Sharp X-Acto knife (for scraping mold-lines off, tidying up saw cuts, etc)
- Some Greenstuff
- A little plasticard
- Some thin, stiff wire
- Plastic Cement
- Super Glue
- Patience, I cannot stress the need for patience enough.
InstructionsFirst, assemble the main hull of the tank, Top, bottom and inside sections. leave the rear and side sections (the ones that have the hatches) off for now.
Assemble the engines, we'll come back to them later, but we can build them to save time.
From the front, each winglet has three little 'notches' under it:
There is a similar pattern at the back of the winglet. Using something sharp, or a good marker, trace a line from the inside edge of the notchclosest to the body at the front, to the same notch at the back. Do the same for the other winglet.
Here is where patience comes in handy, as it's going to take a while (3-6 mins per side) to get a nice, clean, straight cut with hobby saw through that much plastic.
Assemble the side sections of the tank (the ones that hold the hatches), pinning/adding magnets as desired. You will now need to trim off the engine mounting lugs, so that they lie flat with the outermost point of the section.
- Glue said side sections to the main body of the tank.
- Glue your pre-made engines to the newly flattened section, positioning to taste. Some trimming may required to get a tight fit.
- Cover the hole in the side of the engine (where the locating lug would normally go), if showing, with a little plasticard.
Now, if the previous steps have been done correctly, the Sky Ray turret wings should slide, with a little jiggling, in to the holes made by the removal of the drone cradles at the front of the devilfish hull. Angle to taste, and glue in place.
Take both small flying bases, and cut them in to sections using the hobby saw.
- The first cut is about 10mm from the edge, and goes the whole way across the base.
- The second and third cuts are also about 10mm from each edge.
- You should have four sections of the base, 1 is about 1/3 the length of the base, and fully curved along one edge.
- The next two will be triangular-ish, with the longest edge being the curve.
- The final section will be a rectangular shape, with the leading edge being slightly curved.
- This fourth section can be used to reinforce the floor of the tank, in order to better hold on to its flying stand.
Next, take all the SMS pods, trim off any joining lugs, and test fit them between the winglets you have just added, some jiggling will be required. Next, mark on the two pods that are between the winglets the angle they should be cut on in order to point straight forwards. The other SMSs rest on the lower forward winglet, with its back touching the sky ray turret wing.
Where the top hatch/cupola would normally go, glue in the Gun Drone body (less guns of course), which should fit in there quite snugly. Next, take the bit normally holds the chin turret on, and glue that on top of the gun drone body.
Underneath, take the inner-most chin turret ring, and glue it in place, to the chin mount, then take the unused top hatch, trim off the hinges, and glue it over the ring. It should just fit.
Now, take the battlesuit burst cannon, a little trimming may be required, and glue it to the side of the section that the front landing gear goes in. On the other side, glue in whatever you use for a targeting array (in my case, one of the networked markerlights).
Put on your landing gear, open or closed. (to close the landing gear, simply clip off the hydraulic sections). Add any wargear conversions; Decoy launchers, multi-trackers, seekers, etc; and then you're done.
As a final touch, greenstuff up any gaps, and use it to smooth down any unsightly joins.
So, anyway, with 1 Sky Ray kit, a spare drone (of whichall Tau players have coming out the wazoo...) some 'spare' small flying bases and a lot of glue, hacking and other fun stuff, comes this beast, the Advanced Warfish.
- I've been Ravager Zero, and You've been watching "Pimp my 'Fish". Until Next Time, Kovash Tau'va