With Forge world releasing the new Scimitar Pattern Space Marine Legion Jetbike, a whole new world of Pre-Heresy modeling is starting to open up to us gamers. This thing is one of a kind and to be honest, I'm not sure I even know where to begin with trying to convert one of these up on my own.
I suspect it could be done, but it might take some real plasticard work from an expert and at that point, you might be better off just picking up the real thing. I did try some quick mock ups, but couldn't get anything that was even remotely workable for my skill level.
A while ago, I tried my hand at making my own Pre-Heresy jetbike. I'll tell you that it's an involved process that can get expensive fast in terms of the bits you need. Mine requires a regular Space Marine bike, a Dark Eldar jetbike, a few Chaos bits and some plasticard to make one converted Imperial jetbike.
Mine is based off the collectable card game artwork and another conversion I'd seen done a long time ago. I definitely appreciate anyone who takes the time to convert their own jetbikes as I know the huge amount of work that goes into making just one model.
Now there are a handful of third party jetbike alternatives out there to choose from as well for those not looking to build a squad of jetbikes. The looks vary depending on manufacturer and it shouldn't be too hard to find one you like. They all have a similar look to them with Forge World's version being the only one that I know of that sports the rounded bull nose to it.
And don't forget, there's always the option of making your own. It's the best way to get a distinct look to your army for sure.
UPDATE: I've since been able to sketch out what I think is a workable design using plasticard and some additional bits. I'm going to see if I can get it built this weekend. It's probably going to be a little more angular and brutal looking.
Right, so I'm going to call this one a fail. I think this is a bit out of my league in terms of scratchbuilding. I have the idea, just lack the skill to pull it off right now. Maybe in a few more months with some practice.
Make sure to check out these posts as they might help:
How to make a Pre-Heresy jetbike
How to build simple and sturdy magnetic flying bases