Thursday, 27 August 2015

28mm Flying Saucer/ UFO Part 1

With almost four weeks off the hobby thought I would get back into the swing of things with a new build...

Having built my Dalek Army I realised that to truly bring their presence to life on my table would be the creation of a Spaceship - specifically a flying saucer. No doubt this can feature in other games.

This simple project will illustrate how some simple materials can create some wonderful out of world wonders.

So lets start on the materials for part 1...

First up the hull of the craft will be built using 14" plastic hub caps  - I bought a pack of four of these on ebay for £15 (inc postage)

The second acquisition for the dome on the top was this disc from a poundstore - described as a lolly pop stand. It just happened to be the perfect size.

The third part was a £1 garden light from again the same pound store. The top is just perfect for the top part of the saucer.

Finally  - a lot of bamboo BBQ skewers.

In this build I have turned one of the hub caps upside down and stuck cut skewers over the open vents on the hub cap. Once glued (using super glue) they give a great impression of coils running around the inside of the craft. This job took around thirty minutes to do one piece. Both top an bottom of the craft were given the same treatment.


With the top and bottom complete I needed to join these together to complete the hull..the clips that fix the caps to the car wheel and the underside of the vents match up when the hulls are joined.

To get the two hub caps matched up and joined together I cut some long strips of foam core and glued these inside one of the hub cap rims - once dry I was able to place the top half onto these 'walls' and glue in place.

On the top I glued the lolly pop stand followed by the chrome affect top of the light fitting. This will be topped off with another disc when I find some thing the right size.

Part 2 can be found here


  1. Inspired! Look forward to seeing how this turns out!

  2. Great idea, it is beginning to look saucer-like

  3. Nice to see you're easing yourself back in with a small project!

  4. Nice bit of creativity to get you back into the swing of things :)

  5. Nice idea, fun to watch it take shape. It will be unique!

  6. Excellent idea ... of course now I'm going to be keeping a closer eye on my hubcaps ;-)

  7. Amazing, thinking out of the box

  8. Fantastic - What a great idea.

  9. Another brilliant and innovative terrain project begins - keep us posted, please!

  10. EXCELLENT IDEA ! ou're really clever Sir !