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February 14, 2018

Barsoom: Small Martian Flyer

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This is the RedVectors Small Martian Flyer, as seen in my post ‘SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer.’

It’s 7″ long, with a bit of crowding, you can fit 12 figures on the decks on 20mm bases. Since this release, they have developed a 10″ and 16″ version, with similar styling.

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It’s a lovely kit, inexpensive, and goes together into a sorta-Star-Wars-inspired little skiff. The fit is excellent, and it’s still a pretty simple build. There is also an optional section for a front gun mount provided, but I chose not to use it.

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The original stand was not very stable: This picture shows how I modifiedit. (The ship now comes with a longer, more stable base)

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I’ll be using it for Barsoom and SPACE 1889 both. It’s just a great little kit of a generic small flyer. I recommend that you paint the rails and trim pieces before assembly, it makes for a much neater finish.

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Here it is beside a smaller Galoob Sand Skiff. The style is very similar. The crews shown are from Bronze Age Miniatures.

Also see:

SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Large Flyer

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August 27, 2017

SPACE 1889: Night Raider Flyer

This flyer 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.)  Please note that it was a custom kit, and may not be on their website – Drop them a line if you are interested.

It’s an upsized version of their first 7″ flyer, and is about 10″ long. The difference seems slight, but the new ship is very much larger (See here.)

I painted it black to represent any sinister force of night raiders, whether they be Kraag Martians, Black Martians, or whatever. It will spread terror through my games, both in SPACE 1889 and on Barsoom.

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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.

There is a gun mount supplied for the front of the ship, but I chose the railings.

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The present crew are less sinister than most night raiders, they are mostly conversions from various Heroclix and plastic D&D miniatures.

As always, Elves make very nice Martians, and you can buy Clix singles quite cheaply.

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It’s a lovely kit at a good price, useful for Barsoom or SPACE 1889. The postage to Canada was the same either way, so I bought two. (After all, if you only have one, who will it fight?)

Even more madness, there is now a 16″ version on the way, 1.5 larger in every dimension….  Hmmmm… How will it look at 24″?

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Also see:

SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Large Flyer

 

January 19, 2017

New Project – Martian Flyers

Filed under: Barsoom, Pulp Gaming, Red Vector Games, Science Fiction, SPACE 1889 — gisby @ 08:51

REDvectors is an odd company, in that they seem to prefer to do custom work. Rather than have an ordinary website, they show you what they have made, and encourage you to approach them with ideas.

Mick then sits down and plans them out, and asks if that’s what you want, and if so, gives you a price.

I originally approached them because they had made a small Martian skiff, rather similar in style to the sand skiffs from Star Wars. (Which have themselves been re-purposed for many a Martian table)

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It’s a great little kit: Perfect fit, nice lines, a great price.  It’s 7 inches long.

I am quite taken with them, but while they are great personal flyers, I wanted something a bit bigger. So I contacted Mick, and asked for a design 50% bigger in length and width, but with railings the same height.

This is the design he presented me with: It is NOT the same as the flyer above, it’s much larger.

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It’s about 10 inches long, with lovely lines, and will be sweet on Barsoom or 1889 Mars. I will probably mount a small gun on the front of each.

So I have two on the way, and I am very excited. More news as it unfolds.

Update 1: Barsoom: Large Flyer

December 15, 2016

SPACE 1889: Martian Flyer

This is a laser-cut MDF Martian skiff from RedVectors. It’s a lovely kit, well designed, and a joy to build. I recommend it.

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Stylistically it’s strongly influenced by the Desert Skiffs in Star Wars. Nothing wrong with that, it’s a good look. It’s useful for Star Wars, Barsoom, SPACE 1889, or of course any other game with flying boats.

It comes with a stand as shown, but it isn’t perfectly stable, especially with a metal crew. Having the supports farther apart, a longer base, or farther back on the hull might help.

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The crew shown above are my Martian Marines from Forlorn Hope Games, with a RAFM pilot.

There are two options for the prow: The railing as shown, or an oval platform for a gun. I think there is also an option for the hull with layered MDF making a solid stepped hull.

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The  railings and other fittings are best (or most easily) painted before assembly (I couldn’t wait, and assembled it as soon as it arrived)

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There is no visible means of propulsion, but if you want it, a propeller is easily added.

Now if they’d only build one 50% longer.

 

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