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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