Dragonfly-Wargamming Model(Design:Part 1)

I finished up stage one of the design of my flying wargamming model. So I’ve decided to do a 3 part post series rather than one big post once it’s finished. So this one will cover the evolution of the sketchup design.

The idea behind the design is that it’s a single seat attack craft VTOL capable, while packing a significant punch to be a credible threat to more heavily armored  tanks and vehicles.  Two light weapon mounts  are present on the lower sides of the model, I’ll texture these as MG ‘s and possibly small lasers as an alternate. Under each wing are some small 5-6 shot rocket launches which can be filled with anti-vechile rounds.

The design went through 4 main phases:

  1. The first was very blocky, although easy to build other than launcher pods
  2. The second provided some shape to the front cockpit so as to appear more glass like,
  3. The third improved the lower weapon design so they are triangular and easier to build,
  4. The fourth and last lengthed the wings slightly and turned the round missile racks to hexagons for simplified building.

The below photo shows the four sketchup models, Top left=One, Top Right=Two, Bottom Left=Three and Bottom Right=Four

I did three test builds in paper to help refine the design and developed the clear mounting post from transparency to give the impression of flight. Below is a picture of the final design although I did move some of the fold tabs around to simplify building in the future, the builds pretty rough but I was in a little bit of a hurry :):

Next step is to move onto texturing which I’ll detail in part2

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