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Battle Hopper – bio-/mechatronics grasshopper bike (Bandai)

I participated a group building after year changeover and decided to do something new & small. My first motorcycle model is a bit special while it is an amalgam of bio-/mechatronics parts. Modified to military use, Battle Hopper is a mixture of basic motorcycle and grasshopper … or so I assume. The driver itself is a robot with amazing 375 degrees field of vision equipped helmet.

Battle Hopper kit (Bandai)
Bandai kit was a perfect fit again. The hardest part of the build was the careful removal of all tiny parts from sprues without destroying them. I used a small saw. Painted using MR Paint black primer and black-green camo. Metal parts painted using Vallejo acrylics. Thin dark minimal oil wash to everything. Only modification to the kit is a pair of longer helmet antennas with red/green lights on top. Made them from stretched sprue and blobs of white glue. Jumps of the bike are so high that those navigational lights are obligatory.

This kit was a nice little quick one. Happy rest of the year.

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11 responses to Battle Hopper – bio-/mechatronics grasshopper bike (Bandai)

  1. Nice work – something different – looks cool.
    Would be intersting in “normal” motorcycle-scale.

  2. Nice work IT!
    Great to see these interesting subjects.

  3. Well done and very tiny as well.

  4. Yep…..what they said. 🙂

  5. whatever it is, it looks to me like you did a good job on it!

  6. Nice change of topic. V cool.

  7. Man this is nice, I like it very much.

  8. Thank you sirs. I’m flattered by your positive comments. This was very relaxing bike/tiny experience for me. So, maybe I will build a bigger bike (not hopper) and something else very small in the near future. You have been warned.

  9. He’s a canny little fella!

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