(Before you say anything, I am fully aware that this flying vehicle has no tracks to speak of, but I'm a sucker for consistency, and all the other vehicle posts are called Making Tracks, and this should be the sole exception.)
Last fall, I went to Games Workshop with a bunch of kits I had in the closet that didn't have a high likelihood of getting constructed int he next two years, and traded them for things I could use in my Valhallan army, and a handful of Black Library books. One of these things was the Valkyrie Assault Carrier, a flying troop transport halfway between a Russian Hind-D helicopter and the dropship from aliens. I started building it last Sunday and finished it last night.
In just about every way, this is the coolest GW kit I have ever built, and I don't mind telling you I have built a few of them over the years, especially while I worked for them. Having been designed on computer (as opposed to building a larger 3-up prototype and creating the steel molds by means of tracing it with a pantograph machine), there is a great deal of detail, especially one the interior.
Island Mike has already built one-and-a-half of these, and told me he regretted how little of the interior was visible after he was finished, so I was fully prepared to do very little to the inside. Until I actually saw it. Then it was, "well, I'll drybrush the interior with Boltgun Metal and pick out a couple of details." And then it was "well, that looks dumb without paint, I'll get some colour on that too." And then, "Well, if this gets some colour, that clearly has to have some too..." And then suddenly it was kind of late Sunday night, but the interior was pretty much done.
Normally I have finished or nearly finished building the complete model before I put on the primer, but obviously that was impossible here. I primed the insides of the fuselage in black, painted them separately and then assembled them. Then I disassembled them and re-assembled them as I puzzled out the best order in which to join the walls, floor, roof and assault ramp.
I also needed to assemble and build the cockpit interior prior to building the rest of the model. I haven't painted a cockpit since I was about fourteen, and that was probably a WWII era plane (AT-6 Texan maybe?), so blinky lights and a video display were a new thing to me. In the end, lots of colors, and a display that is maybe a little reminiscent of a certain arcade game I might have played at fourteen seemed to fit the bill.
After the white primer had dried, I used Silly Putty to Mask out some areas for a camo scheme. The green putty I had used on a number of my tanks ran out, so I had to go to the back up purple putty, and the result was a vehicle that would look right at home in either an Easter or Pride Day parade.
When all was said and done, no primer crept in through the windows, which is good, because the interior is more visible than I anticipated, although the lighting is pretty poor.