A hull was first constructed from heavy card, with the tracks fitted to either side.
I built the hull with a weapons platform, and the minaret tower at the rear representing a crew/fighting compartment.
The wheels from the napoleonic cannon made a good base for secondary weapons, with the crew from the HaT British Gardner and Gatling gun set. Short sections cut from an old biro tube created the stands for the weapons.
The cannon was used to create the main armament, mounted on half a fuel tank from an Airfix T34 tank kit. The elevating mechanism is again a biro tube with a spring on the outside.
|Checking the overall fit again.|
The secondary guns are multi barrel pistols from the GW Empire Pistollier set, modified to sit on their stands.
|Base red coat|
The 'minaret' needed some adornment, so I created a 'dormer' front window from card.
The window was then painted in (a fairly poor and vague) imitation of an Ottoman stained glass window.
Finally side skirts were added to make the M3 look of the tracks a little less obvious (although they are what they are, so there's no way I was going to hide that look completely).
And so the finished product - a Turkish Victorian Science Fiction behemoth.