“Daedalus Motorworks proudly presents the 2072 Dog Star SX roadster, featuring dual anti-gravity coils, a projectile-resistant gold Duraplex privacy dome, and the patented Atomic Scramjet propulsion system, powered by our eco-friendly, first-generation RWR (Rad Waste Reactor).”
With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, you just might be a wargamer if you look at an empty deodorant container and think, “I bet I could make a retro-futuristic vehicle out of this for Fallout: Wasteland Warfare (paid link) or any number of other post-apocalyptic miniatures games.” That’s the idea that saved a depleted Speed Stick dispenser from the recycle bin, though we still had to acquire a few additional components before we could actually convert the plastic shell into a Fallout-inspired atomic roadster.
The project took a huge leap forward when Toys R Us closed for good and unloaded all of its Skylanders SuperChargers (paid link) vehicles for pennies on the dollar, giving us a cheap source of plastic rocket exhausts and intake fans. Other roadster components included a styrofoam ball, plastic tabs from an electrical switch box, and a small vent and headlight cannibalized from an AT-43 Karman flier that we purchased on final closeout for six bucks.
Since we’re usually learning as we go with these modeling experiments, there were a few minor hiccups along the way. For instance, next time we’ll more aggressively sand and seal the styrofoam passenger compartment before spraying it with primer.
Fortunately however, wasteland vehicles are supposed to look a bit dented and weathered, so our hand-sculpted green stuff parts didn’t look too out of place, like they might have on a newer vehicle.
As it is, we think our Dog Star SX atomic roadster is ready for an evening of Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, This Is Not a Test, Wreck-Age or just about any other post-apocalyptic miniatures game. To see how our Fallout-inspired skimmer came together, just click on the video player above.