Gisby's Gaming Blog

July 25, 2017

Barsoom: Large Flyer

Back in January, I wrote about a new flyer that I commissioned from RedVectors. I asked for a ship, essentially the same as their small Martian Flyer, but with a deck 1.5 the length and width.

He speedily did his drawings and cut out a prototype, and it was exactly what I had wanted. The price was good, and the postage (To Canada from the UK) was the same either way, so I bought two. After all, they’ll be good for Barsoom and SPACE 1889. It is 10 inches in length.

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I chose the railing for the front of the ship: There is an optional position for a gun mount provided. The only modification I made was gluing a couple of round ‘woodls’ to the side as a tribute to the Helium flag in the John Carter movie.

It’s easier and neater if you paint the railings and trim pieces before assembly.

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He also lengthened the stand, front-to back, so that it would balance better and be more stable. It came with a base the same size as the smaller flyer, so I made a larger base plate from a dollar store clipboard.

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Overall, the ship is as sturdy as MDF will allow, but you have to watch it when you pick it up: If you squeeze the side railings they will tear out, as they are set very close to the side of the deck. A third support might help there.

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Here it is beside the original smaller (7 inch) version. The extra inches make a big difference!

The crew shown are from Tin Man Miniatures.

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4 Comments »

  1. […] Update 1: Barsoom: Large Flyer […]

    Pingback by New Project – Martian Flyers | Gisby's Gaming Blog — July 25, 2017 @ 12:03

  2. Beautiful stuff Gisby, the only thing I’m not that keen on is the stand (sorry), I think I’d have to figure out some sort of clear stand for it, perhaps from Perspex. lovely thing though.

    Cheers Roger

    Comment by rantingsfromunder — July 26, 2017 @ 11:30

    • No need to apologize, I was just working with the kit as supplied. If you don’t like the base, you don’t like the base. I have some larger flyers than these, and they too have an MDF stand. I would have preferred plastic for strength as much as anything, but to get one I’d have to make it or commission it. I plan to use them for flyer-to-flyer action, so anything below deck level is not so important.

      Comment by gisby — July 26, 2017 @ 13:16

  3. […] is the Large Martian Flyer from RedVectors in the UK. It’s the same kit as in my post ‘Barsoom: Large Flyer’.’ (So if you want more of a review, or a ship that’s not a black blob, go there.) […]

    Pingback by SPACE 1889: Night Raider Flyer | Gisby's Gaming Blog — August 27, 2017 @ 14:45


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