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Build a Bigger Choppa...

And the Orks will beat a path to your door.

A bit ago, Geoff said that he was about to make a Chinork for the Special Ork Service.
As luck would have it… this is something I’ve done recently for my own nefarious purposes, and here is its journey from bits to hits.. Or something.

Now, other than the joy of having my own unique thing, why would I bother scratch building it when Forgeworld make one?

Trouble is… I don’t particularly like the Forgeworld model.. For me, it looks too tall, too bulky and it doesn’t ‘feel’ like it could fly.

The ‘feel’ of a model is an important thing for me. Whilst a model (particularly an Ork one) doesn’t necessarily need to have all the bits that would make it function, it does have to look like it would or could work. My biggest problem with the FW Chinork is that it looks like the chain drive (running from the rear mounted engine to the front mounted rotor) would bend the vehicle in half.

My other problem with the Chinork is the rotors – I’ve found that t…
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