That said, I'm a yank, and so my touchstone for battling cars of the future is actually Steve Jackson's Car Wars games. Back in the early '80's I spent quite a few Saturday afternoons driving little cardboard cars and motorcycles around paper roads and shooting whoever got in my way. For defensive driving purposes, of course.
We always talked about getting some Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars and making them all shooty, or even buying some minis, but never actually did it. UNTIL NOW!
|This old Hot Wheels seemed to fit the part relatively well.|
|I started making the turret with a short cut off of a large styrene tube, glued to a small piece of plasticard, and then trimmed to fit.|
|Small styrene rod, with a short piece of a larger rod on the end. Then drilled a hole in the turret (by spinning my exacto knife slowly) and then glued it in.|
|Filed down the top of the car with a file, to give the turret a flat place to stick.|
|I also cut a rectagonal rod of styrene for a battering ram, and filed out the existing bumper for it to fit.|
|A few small pieces of plasticard over the wheels, and BOOM.|
|Another small styrene rod, with a very small disc cut from a smaller rod, made the flaming oil jet.|
|Flat black primer. I rushed the paint job, and wound up getting some wrinkly bits in the finish. Oh well, the hazards of indoor spraying . . .|
|Finished paint job.|
|The windows were the most fun of all, actually.|
|An above shot, for scale purposes.|
Can't wait to take this baby out for a spin and cause some: