Dreadnought Drop Pod
Doors opened and interior exposed
I built this baby in (more or less) the same fashion as in the above link. To build it, you'll need some plasticard, a GW Drop Pod kit, patience, and a bit of skill. This should be a pretty decent conversion for those of you starting out.
To use this template, print the above image at 100% size. Your printer may tell you that some cropping will occur, seeing as the image itself is 8 1/2" x 11", the size of the paper on which you're printing. This is A-okay, as the shapes you need will still be the right size. As a double-check, grab a ruler and measure one side of the solid hexagon (labelled with sides A and B). It should come in at one and seven-eighths inches (1 7/8") or 47mm.
After printing the templates out, grab a handy pair of scissors and cut out all of the patterns. You'll want to save the shapes you cut out, not the rest of the paper. Once that's done, you'll have to find a way to attach them to pieces of plasticard. I used clear cellophane tape for the longest time but have recently fallen in love with Elmer's rubber cement.
After you've got all your shapes cut and laid out before you, you can start matching the pieces to form a 3D object. The template has letters on the sides of the pieces. Match the same-lettered sides. You'll notice some of the parts are labeled "DOOR." The side with the label gets glued onto the door of the plastic drop pod so it can extend to reach the three spars you'll attach to the base of the pod.
Super glue is your friend. If you can find some of the weaker stuff, go with that, as you may have to rip pieces apart to file then down for a better fit, replace them, etc. I use glue from my local dollar store.
There's a bit too much detail to go into every last thing that I did, and to be honest, I really don't remember exactly what went into this model. As you do more and more scratchbuilding and conversions with plasticard, you'll get a feel for how everything's supposed to work and it'll just start making sense to you. You'll notice the top thruster vent thing in the middle of the three spurs doesn't touch them. You'll have to find a way to space it. The link at the top of the page has a creative way to get the spacing just so.
Don't be afraid to add details as you go. The more work you put into the model, the better it'll look when it's all painted up. Things like extra armor plating, magnetized weapons, GW bits here and there go a long way to having a great scratch build. You may also want to magnetize the doors so they stay closed when they're supposed to.
Feel free to distribute the template. That is why it's there, after all. And thank you for stopping by.
All the best,