First, I need to acknowledge Adam, the originator of this blog. These conversions are based on his tutorial that can be found over on the right side of this page under the heading Tau Crisis Battlesuit Conversions.
I've added a few bits and pieces here and there, in particular elongating the torso, (making it look less squat). This also allows for better articulation making more dynamic poses easier.
Everything you need to build the XV-8 conversion is on the XV-8 Sprue, with 4 minor exceptions.
Firstly, you will need another flamer (for a total of two, that will no longer be flamers).
Second, you need some plastic rod to use as the spacer.
Third, some brass rod for pinning the ankle joints
And finally, you need the internal hatch cover from the inside of a Tau Vehicle (you never really use it when building the vehicle anyway).
In addition to all the bits, you'll need the usual hobby stuff, clippers, knife, super glue, plastic glue, green stuff, and a drill. The most important thing is that you need a sharp blade on your hobby knife - I usually change blades after each XV-8 conversion.
The first thing to do is cut the body. The first picture shows the front chest plate after the cut. Cut under the main chest panel, and just above the sockets where the legs attach.
|Front plate, cut just above the leg socket|
It's a bit ackward as you cut round the lowest part of the chest panel. Take care here ... I've shed blood more than once doing this bit!
Once it's done you need to do the same for the back panel
|Back Plate cut just above the leg socket|
Once you've done both, stick the two lower parts together and put to one side. These need time to bond before you complete the model.
You can now go ahead and stick the two upper parts together. This bit always makes me a little sad. The back and front should fit together perfectly but they don't. You need to shave down both parts to fit them together. It just shows what an old model the XV8 is.
|Completed upper torso|
|The bits you need for the head|
|Head with the front filled in with green stuff|
|Head with front piece of Targeting Array attached|
|Burst Cannon Cut|
|Under side of completed head|
|Head from front, before attaching ejector ports|
Next take the ejector ports and glue them on the front of the head like this
|Head with Ejector Ports|
|Lower Torso, with Rod inserted as spacer|
|Lower Torso, squared off with Green Stuff|
|Lower Torso, ready to be inserted into Upper Torso|
This bit is optional I guess, but I think it gives the VX-8 a bulkier look, which I prefer.
|Flamer Fuel Canister, ready to be stuck on.|
|Section from hatch, ready to be stuck on.|
|Torso with chest augmentation|
|Let cut and bent.|
|Leg pinned and attached to base.|
|Model completed, with double Bursters|