eldar panther

The concept for this project had been rolling around in the back of my head ever since Forge World first released the Lynx. I decided in 2016 to build it, with the intention that it would be my last "big" modelling project. In essence it is a kitbash of the Lynx and Falcon kits. It is constructed in such a way that it can utilise most of the magnetised turrets that I have created for the various tank configurations based on the standard Falcon hull.

date: 2016 - present (work-in-progress)
components: 1x Forge World Lynx, 1x Forge World Eldar Type II Falcon kit, 1x metal Fire Prism sensor, 1x Scatter Laser, 1x Wave Serpent shuriken cannon, plasticard (various thicknesses), Green Stuff, White Milliput, neodymium rare earth magnets (various sizes), 1x 120mm oval flying base

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The upper hull of the Falcon kit had the engine cowlings and forward prongs removed. Eldar Panther
1. The basic components of the central upper hull. The Panther was constructed using the middle section of a Type II Falcon kit, combined with the forward prongs and engines of a Lynx.
This small vent was a spare from another Falcon kit. Eldar Panther
2. This section of plasticard was used to extend the upper hull. The panel lines were etched into the plasticard using the point of a needle file.
Eldar Panther
4. The underside of the central hull was cut in half to elongate it, whilst preserving the detail.
Eldar Panther
5. I significantly cut down the internal frame of the Falcon, removing the engines entirely. This section will support the upper hull and provide strength to the construction.
Eldar Panther
6. The rear access hatch was glued shut and attached to the back half of the underside.
The cockpit was completely removed from the port-side engine assembly. Eldar Panther
7. The first of the two Lynx engine assemblies takes shape.
Eldar Panther
8. These two pieces of the underside were separated from a single, larger component from the Lynx kit.
Eldar Panther
9. A mock-up of the Panther, at any early stage of its construction.
Eldar Panther
10. The central section of the hull was extended using angled sections of plasticard.
Overlapping sections of plasticard provide strength. Eldar Panther
12. The central section of the hull has now been glued together.
Eldar Panther
13. The underside of the central section of the Panther.
Eldar Panther
14. The same section of hull, after White Milliput had been applied, dried and sanded to fill in the gaps between the plasticard and plastic components.
Eldar Panther
15. The resin engine assemblies. White Milliput was used extensively to fill in gaps and reshape/extend some of the sections.
Eldar Panther
18. The upper hull starts to come together. Milliput was again used to blend the component pieces together.
Eldar Panther
19. The Panther has now been mostly assembled, with the Lynx components glued to the central section of the Falcon kit. There is still a lot of Milliput work left to do, in order to blend the pieces together and mask the joins.
Eldar Panther
20. The underside of the assembled Panther.
Eldar Panther
21. Progress continues on blending the components together.
Eldar Panther
22. A close-up of the panel lines on the upper hull. These were made using a sculpting tool, whilst the Milliput was still pliable. Once it has set, they will be neatened and widened using a needle file.
Eldar Panther
23. An updated shot of the underside. Milliput has been used to bridge the gaps between the component pieces.
Shaped and sanded Milliput bridges the gap between the hull and the engine cowlings. Eldar Panther
24. Close-up of the completed rear section of the upper hull.
Eldar Panther
25. The underside of the upper hull. I was particularly happy with the way that I was able to incorporate the engine cowlings into the flowing lines of the resin Type II fin.
Eldar Panther
26. The underside, now virtually complete.
Eldar Panther
27. An updated shot of the hull.
Eldar Panther
28. The completed Panther hull, armed with an underslung Scatter Laser.
Eldar Panther raised turret mount
29. I found that some of the magnetised turrets sat too low on the hull to rotate cleanly, so I decided to create an optional raised turret mount. This is entirely made from plasticard.
Eldar Panther turret mount underside
30. The underside of the removable turret mount.
Eldar Panther upper hull close-up
31. A comparison of the upper hull, with and without the optional removable turret mount. This allows a wider range of turrets to be used on the Panther and rotate smoothly without snagging on the raised details on the upper hull.
Eldar Panther rear access ramp
32. A close-up of the rear of the Panther.
Eldar Panther underside
33. The underside of the completed Panther.
Eldar Panther with Falcon turret
34. The completed Panther, with a standard Falcon turret.
Eldar Panther with Farseer turret
35. This alternate configuration uses the Farseer Falcon turret. In essence, this is what I'd originally envisaged my abandoned Eldar Eagle grav tank to be. This new version is a lot more satisfying than my first attempt.
Eldar Panther
36. The Panther has now been undercoated.
Eldar Panther
37. The underside of the Panther. I used masking tape to enable me to undercoat the underside in black whilst preserving the white undercoat of the upper hull, which will cut down the amount of time needed to paint the model.
Eldar Panther scenic base
38. I had some large (220 x 140mm) MDF bases specially made for the Panther and Lynx.

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