So, here’s the one a lot of people have been waiting for – The Locust. I know it has a name in german, but I struggle in english, let alone with words that sounds like someone clearing their nose.
Ever since Aitch previewed the kit on his painting table the anticipation has been building. This was increased when it was revealed to be available both to the new Italian list and in a modified version to the Japanese.
One of the great things about the kit and the rules is the versatility – the Locust can have an anti-tank gun or mini neblewether on the carapace and also autocannons or mmgs on the front. This versatility is a real strength and I was thinking what weapons to go with and thought:
I mean, magnetise!
So, my main recommendation is get a Si!
As the resident mad scientist and power tool user of our group, Si is very useful for this kind of thing. I asked for his advice, he sighed and said bring it over. Never one to look a gift in the mouth I leapt into the car.
So, the mechanics.
A word of magnets, before we begin
Poles are important. Ensuring they are the right way round is important.
Check, check and check again before gluing just to ensure you’ve not spent a lot of tine making it your Locust rejects its weaponry.
Si’s method is to stick your stack on a spare weapon arm to be sure
I’ve seen a high volume of sad posts on facebook hobby groups asking how to drill magnets out due to this – don’t be one of those unfortunates!
Your options here are the mini neb or the AT gun. Both of them slot over the top vent and then have a wedge that fits snugly into the back plates.
Si decided that the best place for a magnet was the top vent – this isn’t designed to have the model picked up by the weapon, more just hold it in place:
The corresponding magnet is in the inside of the weapon:
These were added by doing a 1mm guide hole, then breaking out the power tools!
Again, the kit here has really been well thought out – there are clear left and right guns for both options so the main issue is lining it up
Si put the magnets in the body first:
And then checked and lined up the magnets in the guns
So now I have a fully flexible and changable Locust!
Feedback is always welcome and I hope you find this guide useful!