Well, I got this plastic kit when it came out, and unfortunately I was unable to assemble it at the time... something about Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction, ask your doctor how to avoid catching the disease yourself.
With that out of the way, I was finally able to put clippers and glue to this bad boy. Finally able to do away with two tanks with metal weights on their rears with one beautifully sculpted plastic tank.
Okay, so maybe only half of that statement is true... actually none of it. But on to the construction.
Since there are different options on this kit, as well as completely useless upgrades, I decided to magnetize the living crap out of this model. Of course I put a magnet in the top for the turret as with all my Eldar vehicles.
And then some in the engines in case I ever lost my mind and wanted to use Star Engines (honestly... such a waste of points it is barely even worth arguing with all the people that for whatever reason still use them).
I used the plasticard to back the magnets and I used my Space Marine Captain's arms to center the magnets... I should really give him a name... like Magnus... weak I know, but it works for now.
Oh yeah, the extra magnets aren't for strength, they are just to make it easier to handle. Once the glue is dry, I remove the extra magnets to use on a different model.
Now, to put together the hull of this tank, I used a trick which has served me well in the past. Use something to mark where the different parts actually attach so you know where to apply the glue.
After that, hold the thing nice and tight... if you can't spare the few seconds by actually holding it with your hands, rubber bands usually work well.
While I let that dry, I moved onto the turret, and the first thing on my agenda was magnets again. First in the... I have no idea what to call this piece:
And then in the actual guns. Now for this part I had to saw off some little nubs. Of course you can use anything from a sharp knife to clippers for that, I wanted to use a little tool I picked up a while ago. That's right, Razor Saw to the rescue!
Then the Prism weapon,
Rinse and repeat.
Then it was on to the upgrades. Now as I said earlier, Star Engines suck. They really do. But in the interest of this article and my insane lust for magnetization, I tried to work out a way to make them removable. It is worthwhile to note that if you wanted to glue them in the old fashion way, you have to glue them in before you glue the hull together... it's basically the first thing you have to do... and then it's incredibly permanent. Well permanent unless you were willing to delve into some major surgery, as my doctor did, actually removing the Star Engines would probably be way more major than my procedure.
So to make these guys magnetizable, I had to cut them down (thank you razor saw... and handy dandy mitre box) and then build them up with plasticard tube.
After that it was the Vectored Engines (I can't even remember what these things do off hand... oh, it's the anti-crash thing... useless). First I cut off the weird nubs that have always been nothing but ornamentation.
Then I threw a magnet in there, and into the upgrade.
After that I was done... more or less. Here is the Night Spinner:
And the Fire Prism:
And all the parts (I also magnetized the little antenna dohickey, more or less because mine always end up snapping off... it's for ease of packaging I guess)
Now that you have seen the assembly, I want to take the time to express my dislike of this model. This model is ugly... I said it, ugly! Sure the old Fire Prism had a huge metal weight on the back that made it incredibly goofy looking when it was on it's stand... but let's be honest, all the Eldar tanks look goofy on their stands. But, this model takes all of the beauty out of the Eldar way, and makes it as chucky and clunky as outdated Imperial blocks of metal. It's like making a common prostitute out of a beautiful lady... like watching Pretty Woman in reverse.
Honestly, I don't know who sculpted this thing, but they could not have been an Eldar player.
Yeah, that's my rant for tonight. Fortunately, this does give you the option to use a Night Spinner, which since Apocalypse came out I have enjoyed... of course I had to make mine out of some old metal Support Weapon Battery weapons and a Falcon... yeah this made it as unbalanced as the old Fire Prism, but I still loved it
That being said, I haven't seen the standard rules for this tank... wait, here
they are... looks like fun, if these aren't correct please let me know.
Oh right... most important thing I can say about this model:
THE CLEAR CANOPIES ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE.
What does that mean? If you will remember, the Falcons which need 2 canopies come with two identical pieces that you can mix and match, the sculptor for this monstrosity decided that wasn't a good idea so he (or she) went on to make two that appear to be the same, but don't actually fit the opposite cockpits. Maybe don't eat or drill through the instructions on this kit.
And for your enjoyment, Magnus, the Furioso!
Yeah, this is getting a little out of hand (pun intended, but I guess there is a use for those pieces after all).