Aircraft Traktor and Launch Trolley

Ork Aircraft Traktor and Launch TrolleyOne of the gifts I got for a birthday was the Forgeworld Ork Aircraft Traktor and Launch Trolley.

One of the reasons I asked for it was not just because I have an Ork Fighter Bommer on the workbench but also as on the Forgeworld website it said:

Be warned, stock of this model is starting to run low!

I suspect this may be because a) no one is buying it and/or b) with the release of new Ork plastics at some point the plastic mould may be wearing out.

Update – sadly now no longer available…

The model consists of the plastic Wartrakk and some resin pieces.

The resin pieces include wheels, the trailer, an arm, a fuel tank and the hook.

The Ork Aircraft Traktor is used to taxi Ork aircraft in position to launch, where it takes off discarding the launch trolley. the Aircraft Traktor also recovers landed Ork aircraft for refueling.

One of the key things you need to do with virtually all Forgeworld models is to give them a good wash.

When the Forgeworld models are cast, the mould is given a spray (I guess) of some kind of lubricant to allow the cast model to be released from the mould easily. However the lubricant also acts as a barrier to paint, so as happened with previous models I (and others) have painted is that the paint flecks off.

Washing the model in water with a drop of washing up liquid should remove the lubricant. Avoid using hot water as this could warp the resin (a useful tip if you need to warped resin back to its original shape).

Once washed the model is then ready for painting.

The model went together quite well, and I decided initially to paint the fuel tank separately. The first thing I did was give the model a spray of white undercoat.

I added the tracks to the main body of the Wartrakk.

Having added the bike part I gave the model a white undercoat.

After some thought I changed my mind and gave the fuel tank a black undercoat.

I followed this with a drybrush of Tin Bitz.

I then gave the model a heavy drybrush of Boltgun Metal.

I then added a lot of rust using Chestnut Ink mixed with some Blazing Orange to remove the gloss from the ink.

I added more rust…

I painted (well re-undercoated) the plane carrying trailer/launcher with Chaos Black.

I gave the plane carrying trailer/launcher a drybrush of Tin Bitz. I then gave the model a heavy drybrush of Boltgun Metal. I then added a lot of rust using Chestnut Ink mixed with some Blazing Orange to remove the gloss from the ink.