2: Cockpit and Wings
Now that you've got the basic fuselage put together, it's
time think about how to make it look like it'll fly. We're
talking about a grot rokkit here, so we need someplace
for the little guy to sit.
Using a pin vise and a hobby knife, I cut a hole in the
fuselage to act as the cockpit. I placed it about halfway
between the nose and the thruster. I also made sure to make
it just big enough so that the head will sit in it without
dropping inside. The fact that grots have big floppy ears
makes this pretty easy. Keep your grot head handy when cutting
the hole for the cockpit, so you can check the size while
After you're happy with cockpit, it's time to put some
wings on this little beastie. Using some thick plasticard
(1.5mm or 2mm work well), cut some basic triangular shapes
for the wings and tail. I made the wings on my rokkit about
the same length as the diameter of the fuselage, roughly
1/2 inch. I made the tail slightly shorter than the wings,
because the tail on most aircraft are shorter than the wings.
Once you have the wings and tail ready to go, it's time
to glue them in place. I glued the tail on first, directly
behind the cockpit. After that I glued the wings on either
side in an angled-down position.
I've had a couple of people tell me that the wing configuration
makes it look like a Colonial
Viper. What can I say? I've been a Battlestar Galactica
junkie since I was a kid.