Ok, crazy new conversion idea time. Here we have a lovely and canonically rare variant of the Falcon grav-tank called a Warp Hunter.
I like it. I want one. The problem is that Forge World doesn't sell just the conversion bits, it's 65-ish USD to get the whole kit, and all the ones I've seen on eBay recently are painted in colors I would never use (I mean, I'm going with the studio posterboy Saim-Hann scheme!) and sell for at least the same price as a new kit. Another problem I have with it, as much as I love the idea of a flying gun, is that it just doesn't look right to me the way the weapon climbs up the slope of the body while the barrel looks like it should continue straight into the tank. Like it should be mounted more centrally into the body, kinda like this:
That being the Lynx, which is truly a flying gun. So my idea is to chop up a Falcon and try to make what is essentially a smaller version of the Lynx with a big ol' Distortion weapon... which I will have to scratch build because the Cobra gun is too big, there is no D gun on the Wraithknights or Phantom Titans, and the next smallest one is from the heavy weapons platform and is far too small.
I hadn't planned on starting work on it so soon, but the voice inside my head just kept on and on about it so I had to scratch that itch (for now) and do a little work.
Here we have one of my many Falcons and the red portion shows approximately what I plan to remove from the body, with my pencil scratchings still visible on the hull.
Now, my razor saw is going to have some difficulty trying to navigate the curves of that cut because the blade is not the same width all the way through. It's definitely no band saw. What do I have to solve this problem? A Dremel that I can put a drill bit into, woot!
Which lets the razor saw make short work of the cutting job.
Then I start removing the exposed inner framework and cleaning up some of the ragged edges of the cut.
And just for giggles, I dropped the D-gun from my Cobra in it. Obviously, way too big, but it does give an idea of where it's going.
It also showed me that even with a smaller gun there's not much room there and I will need to completely separate the hull into 2 parts and build a new connection point more like the Lynx to properly situate the gun and mount. And if anyone out there has a Lynx, preferably unassembled, and willing to take some reference pics for me, shoot me a PM please!