How to Build Ork Fighter Bombers for "Warhammer 40K" From Scratch

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In Games Workshop's "Warhammer 40,000" tabletop miniatures game, the Orks are a crude, barbaric civilisation bent only on war and destruction. Their "fighta-bommer" aircraft are ramshackle affairs, thrown together from spare parts by Ork Mekboyz and bristling with weapons and armour. Because each fighta-bommer is unique, these vehicles present a perfect opportunity for from-scratch building. Building a fighta-bommer is a challenge for experienced modellers, but once you've done it, you'll have a distinctive model that will be a perfect centrepiece for your Ork army.

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Things you need

  • Insulation foam
  • Balsa wood
  • Craft knives
  • Sandpaper
  • Plastic card
  • PVA glue
  • Scrap plastic
  • Spare model components

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    Create a fuselage for your fighta-bommer. This should be a long, roughly cylindrical shape tapering toward the rear and with a blunt snout. You can carve this from insulation foam or balsa wood using a craft knife and sand it into shape. The fuselage should be about 180-200 mm long and vary between 40 and 60mm in height.

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    Make wings and a tail fin for your fighta-bommer. Plastic card is the ideal material for this. Cut slots in the sides of the fuselage to hold the ends of the wings. Gluing the wings into place may be difficult, as plastic card does not take PVA glue well and cyanoacrylate glue will melt the foam, so make sure the fit is snug. Add detail to the wings with strips and dots of plasticard to make struts and rivets. The overall wingspan of your fighta-bommer should be around 210mm. The wingspan should be wider than the length of the fuselage.

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    Add a cockpit to the model. Build a frame of plastic card or balsa and fit plastic card panels into it. Cut out a corresponding space on the fuselage and insert the cockpit. For extra effect, if you have a spare Ork model, use the upper torso and head to make a pilot model for the cockpit. Use cut-up pieces of blister packs to make clear windows so that the pilot can be seen. Again, decorate the cockpit with scraps of plastic card and spare parts.

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    Create weapons for your fighta-bommer. Most fighta-bommerz carry several Big Shootas, as well as supa-rokkits and other weapons. You can make these from spare Ork miniature parts or scratch-build them from other items. Ballpoint pen barrels make good barrels for Big Shootas. Be creative with junk and broken objects. Ork weapons are usually crude and jerry-rigged from available materials, so rough-looking models are no problem. Attach rokkits and bombs to the undersides of the wings. You can mount guns under the wings or along the snout.

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    Add an engine or engines. These should be roughly cylindrical, resembling a modern jet engine. You can mount one under each wing or bore a hole in the tail and place a single engine there.

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    Add detail. This step is where the model really comes alive. Using plastic card and your craft knife, add steps leading up to the cockpit, crude repairs to the fuselage or wings, or any other details that occur to you. Fighta-bommerz are meant to be crude machines cobbled together from junk, so don't worry about going overboard. A small detail like a Grot clinging onto a wing for dear life can turn a good model into a great one.

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    Paint your model. The most common colour scheme for fighta-bommerz is red, in keeping with the Ork belief that red vehicles go faster. Common details include white-and-black checkered stripes, particularly on the tail and wings, and snarling faces on the nose. Ork pilots customise their planes in any way that strikes their fancy, so go wild on this stage.

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