Paw Patrol Spacecraft Part 2. Completed!

It's finally done!

The toybashed Paw Patrol resale shop find is now a fully functional Dual-Scale spaceship!

Lets take a look at the exterior.

Close up showing the paintwork which is mostly light layers of spray paint with lots of drybrushing of black and tan smudges for weathering and scorch marks. Black Washes also in select areas.


I was able to retain the light and sound of the original toy. The sounds are all quite appropriate starship noises.

Despite priming over the entire craft...

...the lights flicker nicely around the front, top and rear of the engines along with the sound effects.

Additionally, Front, Top and Rear they are each their own set of LED's In Blue, Yellow (hard to photograph) and Red respectively. It's shameless childish fun to hear the effects and watch the lights flicker along with them.

I additionally installed interior lighting via two non-flickering LED tea lights. You can see one in the cargo area above lit up and in the open top shot below. More on lighting later, but suffice it to say that at about a buck each, these are fantastic ways to cheaply light up a model in a way that is easy to operate and to change batteries. Their only drawback is being a bit bulky for smaller applications.

Here's a shot of the top opened up which also shows the location of the main cargo bay light. The other is in the ceiling of the nose/cockpit/bridge.


I'm going to divide the rest of the post between the details and use for 1:56 (28mm) scale 1:18 (3.75") scale.

1:56 (28mm)

Top open with figures inside. It's particularly useful that the area inside each wing is the right height for 28mm figures. I could see this used effectively as the setting for a skirmish shootout or a sci-fi RPG. The various machinery and computers are well sized also. I added nothing to the interior seen here except paint.

The red stripe is a happy accident. The friction mechanism that holds the top open or closed rubs against there and scraped the paint away revealing the red plastic underneath.  The little buttons and such are untouched however and have a nice Star Wars panel vibe. In the foreground floor you can see the only Paw Patrol icons I left in place, the slightly 40k'ish gear on a badge.

More hallway detail. Very simply painted with sections of bright Star Wars like buttons, but it gets the point across.

Quite a bit of work in construction and painting went into the removeable cockpit sections which slide into the nose area from the cargo bay. Below you can see the 1:56 Bridge and Control section and the 1:18 Cockpit. The 1:18 control yoke is loose so it can be removed or position-adjusted depending on what figure is in the cockpit.

The bridge computer array.

Except for the main floor the 28mm bridge and computer array are built entirely from Mantic Games Terrain parts. The wall and brace are hard plastic parts from their Modular Sci-Fi system. The railings and short walls on each side (a door cut in half) are from their "Scifi Doors" kit and everything else is from their "SciFi Scenery" kit. The floor of the computer array area is the same piece as the weapons rack (I love this detail) seen below, but face down.

I painted up a pair of pilots below which clearly show that model construction is my forte and not figure painting. Still, I'm pleased enough with the tabletop-quality paintjob. They are Lead Bones SWAT Helicopter Pilots, sold by Recreational Conflict for a very reasonable price. Very nice generic pilots with separate heads that could be useful in a variety of situations and genres. I like them quite a bit except for the capped female figure face which is about as manly as it gets. I should have swapped in -and I still might- a different head.

Another great feature is that each of these figures also comes in an identical seated figure. The seated pilots seem like they may be scaled down just a bit so they're much more likely to fit in the seat of whatever model or toy vehicle you put them in. Very clever.

I painted up a pair of them also (with Denizen Miniatures heads) and mounted them on a removable section made from a toy car seat with some other bits. Unfortunately I lost that section somewhere in my sci-fi terrain after TMX 2022.  Hopefully it will surface soon, but in the meantime, here's an in-progress pic to give you an idea of what the whole crew looked like in a less painted condition.

In is finished condition the simple paintjob benefits from the great detail on the Mantic parts. I've got plenty of these for future projects now because after I purchased them at Adepticon the Mantic Crew ducked behind the curtain and came out with almost an entire pack worth of "seconds" that they dumped into a bag for me.  Thanks guys!!!

No surprise that it really pops when installed in the ship with the interior lighting.

Gotta love scary, atmospheric starship scenes...

From the rear cargo hatch with both cargo bay and cockpit lights on.


1:18 (3.75") Figure functionality.

I've built several large wargaming spacecraft over the years, but this is the first time I deliberately built-in compatibility for 3.75" (1:18) action figures.  5-6" figures may be the trend, but the classic 3.75" size of the GI Joe figures of my youth and the "Vintage Collection" Star Wars figures I still casually collect today will always be my choice.  They are also the size of my son's toys which in addition to the above, include Halo and modern military figures.

The Wing decks are too short for 3.75" figures to stand in, but are still relatively convincing as sleeping bunks or maintenance access areas and the computers still look good sized with the larger figures.

The cargo bay is more than tall enough for figures to stand upright and large enough for small vehicles and speeders to fit inside!

The cockpit section paintwork took a couple tries to get right. I finally finished it off with Secret Weapon Armor Wash on almost everything and some light drybrushing of certain bits.  Very much the dirty, lived-in aesthetic of a "Galaxy Far Far Away..."

I need to shave the handles of the control yoke a bit as right now only wide-handed figures like Final Faction and The CORPS can hold them, but that's easy enough to do. The other levers are from a 21st Century toys half-track and have alot of flex so they can be easily posed in hands as well

I couldn't get a good picture of the white helmeted figure in the lighted cockpit, but these two pics get the point across.

This last picture also best shows the cockpit side wall detail panels that I took from a Final Faction ATV accessory kit.  Lots of chunky, pipey goodness there.

Final Thoughts

To say I'm pleased with this would be an understatement.  Not only are the results pretty good, but the action figure functionality means this thing will get used more than any wargame piece I've ever put together.   The previous spacecraft I built were even more impressive in, but were so limited in use that I sold them shortly after construction rather than have them sit around unused.

It may risk damage (I'll put on a thick layer of matte varnish when the humidity drops) but I'd much prefer having this in my son's hands being played with his action figures rather than being stuck in a box the 359 days of the year that it's not on a wargames table. As far as I know this has already served as a Halo Dropship, Star Wars Freighter, Mech Attack Transport and Tau Lander. That's enough to pretty well convince me that this will not be the last dual-scale starship I create. No guarantees of course (I have a hobby attention span of a squirrel), but this promising piece was just acquired from my local resale shop....

Happy Wargaming and -to those among you bold enough- Happy Toybashing!


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