09/08/2008

VZ1 Hiller Flying Platforms

A while back I stumbled on these 1/50 scale Hiller Flying Platforms, made as a prepainted toy by Takara for their "Amazing Weapons of WW2" collection. The pilot figure was rubbish, but for the platform itself, I could see an application in my alternative WW2 games.

The platform was just big enough to accomodate a 28mm WW2 figure, but I didn't want a bunch of figures all standing with their guns in hand and none of them paying attention to the controls of the platform. It just didn't seem realistic. What I needed to make proper crew was 28mm WW plastics, preferrably multi-part for ease of converting. While I figure someone will get round to it eventually, it suddenly struck me that the Tamiya 1/48 WW2 plastic infantry could give me just the basis I need for my conversions. After all, all it takes to turn a Tamiya 1/48 into a 28mm is a headswap, some 28mm bits (weapons) and a slight shortening of legs. So I ordered a few boxes and went to work. Here are the first attempts. Heads are from West Wind's SOTR and SHS WW2 range, guns are from Bolt Action Miniatures. All the rest is Tamiya plastic and greenstuff.

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Some more detailed pictures of the individual models:

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The previous and next pictures show the converted crew prior to glueing in place, front and back and a size comparison with a Bolt Action Miniatures and an Artizan Designs 28mm mini.

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While doing these it occurred to me that aside from the obvious usefulness as conversion material for vehicle crews, the Tamiya sets might also form the basis of some zombie figures that aren't Germans for a change, in combination with West Wind's zombie heads or Games Workshop and Zvezda multipart plastics.

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