You may recall a post on Fresh Coast 40k recently where author Valace2 discussed possible changes to the Thunderhawk and how to use it. After discussing it with him for quite a bit I worked out a trade where I'd receive the Thunderhawk. This Thunderhawk is going to be the centerpiece to my Mantis Warrior Space Marines army!
I never really was that impressed by the Thunderhawk model (and that goes for my Tyranid Hierophant, as well - once I actually saw it in person I loved it) as it looked a little flat with not a ton of detail. It is possibly because most of the Thunderhawks you see in the books or on the web are fairly monochromatic. It is a fairly old model. Maelstorm did a great job of painting it in a Space Wolf scheme, but I had to obviously get rid of that for my Mantis Warriors. You can see it below as painted.
I liked how Maelstorm magnetized the various parts. I was able to pop off the FW Land Raider doors so I can replace those. I also popped off the top wings with Lascannons so I can re-paint those easily in a yellow color.
I masked off various parts (Maelstrom painted the inside and I wanted to keep that, and the various engines) so I could spray prime it green. I really didn't feel that it needed to be stripped. I masked off the tail section because that will be yellow as well.
A lot more work has to be done - I am going to edge highlight the whole thing, weather it, decal it, and add window panes to the cockpit. I have a flight stand from Dragon Forge on the way. Watch the blog for more updates!