Tutorial: Eldar Jetbike Conversion
Finally done, here it is: The tutorial for my Eldar Jetbike Conversion I posted last year. It’s easy to do and I made it step by step, for a better understanding.
First of all, you’ll need tools of course.
Then you will need a few bits. First of all the Russian Jetbike Alternative (I ordered it on ebay, here is the link) and the head, the torso and the backpack fins of a normal Eldar Guardian Defender.
The first step is to cut the driver of the alternative kit in half. Be sure you cut right above the tabbard. Be also sure you leave a bit space for easing out wrong cutting angles.
Smooth out the surface of the cut so that the tabbard is the actual edge of the piece. Then use the dremel to carve out a hole just big enough to fit the guardian torso in it. It’s best to do this in small steps, so you can make sure, you won’t need to fill any gaps with green stuff.
Do not glue the torso on the leg part, yet. Before you do so, there is still a few steps to be completed. If you have a look at the picture here, you will notice, that the head of the finished driver is actually bent back more than the backpack of the guardian torso would allow. Thus you’ll need to modify the backpack part a bit.
Carve the back side of the collar until it is in line with the “cooling exhaust thingy” (or whatever that is). All together it is about 1mm, maybe a bit more, but it will allow you an angle of the neck that looks more realistic.
The preparation for the driver is done now. Let’s go on with his ride.
Normally the little wings of the alternative kit have serious mould lines that you can only remove with sand paper. Also the main part of the jetbike needs to be sanded a bit.
Now assemble the Jetbike.
Now remove all mould lines from the driver’s parts. But do not glue anything of the driver yet (still).
Now dry fit the driver’s parts onto the Jetbike. This is a tricky and sometimes time consuming thing, because you need to find the exact angle of torso, legs and arms working together. My tip: be very careful when dry fitting, because the steering handles and the footsteps easily break off the main hull.
I think the best angle between torso and legs is to imagine a “straight spine” (see the pic above).
With the body of the driver glued, the fun part begins: attaching the arms. For that we need the green stuff. Prepare two little balls of about 2mm diameter and put them into the arm-pit-sockets of the plastic torso. These GS balls will help to attach the arms (unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of that detail). If the GS is still fresh it will be sticky enough for the arms to stay in place. As soon as you found the right angle use super glue to fix it in position.
And that’s it. Another Jetbike done.