The British Empire turned to light walkers later in the war than other nations. Their initial hopes was that their Heavy Siege Colossus and Infantry Support Colossus could win them a quick victory, but as the war dragged on, the need for a light reconnaissance Colossus became apparent.
Despite that the Mk.I Cerberus is still bulkier and with heavier armour than their counterparts from other nations. Armed with two Vickers machine guns and a 1.5 pounder Gatling gun, the Mk.I Cerberus, or "Campbells" as the Americans call them, can lay support fire for advancing infantry, and can defend itself adequately.
The Codename Colossus Mk.I Cerberus is a 1/35 scale model kit with 40 polyurethane resin cast and 3D printed parts, LED lights and a motor powered by 2x AAA batteries, and a British Colossus Crew Figure.
The kit requires assembly and painting. Modelling skills and tools are needed. No soldering required and 2x AAA batteries not included.
When assembled, this kit can stand a little over 5" tall and wide.
Every leg has joints that can be independently posed. Hatches can be left open or close.
Some of the backers of my previous kits use their Codename Colossus kits for their science fiction tabletop wargames. While the height of the typical wargaming figure is a lot less than a 1/35 scale military modeling figure, because of the heroic proportions they are typically sculpted in, they do not look too out of place next to the hatches and doorways of the models.
+ VETERAN SCOUT FIGURE
Limited to this Kickstarter campaign, you get this 1/35 scale British Empire Veteran Scout Figure included in your kit.
This is a multi-part resin cast figure with the mechanical arm and the Lee Enfield rifle as separate parts.
+ OTHER CODENAME COLOSSUS KITS
You can pledge to include additional Codename Colossus kits. Choose from: Mk.I Cerberus, Panzer II Krabbe - Soldat Version, M1A1 Light Walker - Trooper Version or M1A2 Light Walker - Squad Leader Version, in any combination. A survey will be sent after the campaign has concluded.
The patterns for resin casting are all 3D printed and I am currently preparing them for resin casting. This stage is a lot of sanding and filing.
I have already committed with months of design and development time, and have started this project with my own finances. I believe in bearing as much risk for a project as possible so my backers can have more peace of mind. This project will be ready to go into production very soon.
The reason why I am running a crowdfunding campaign is that I need to gauge the level of interest in this product. Unlike large companies, I do not have the cash flow or storage space to order flexibly.
Resin casting and the soldering of the electrical parts are all made by hand and is labour and time intensive. As a small business, I do not have the customer base to support plastic injection moulding or printed circuit boards.
Having an idea of how many people are interested in the kits will help me a lot. So even if this month is a bad time for you, write a comment to let me know that you'll be interested in the kit in the future.
WHO AM I?
My name is Michael Sng. For the past few years, I have been learning and making mechanized dieselpunk walking tank scale models. My story gave me the opportunity to speak at TED 2016, and meet many amazing people who are blazing the trail, such as Adam Savage.
I was the Chief Product Designer at indie toy makers STIKFAS from 2001 to 2008, and I have since run several successful Kickstarter campaign with one of my designs, so I have a solid track record for delivering products in the toy and hobby space.
THE CODENAME COLOSSUS WORLD
Codename Colossus is set in an alternate history where the ending of World War I was derailed by a cataclysmic eruption of lava in the Western Front, killing millions of soldiers on both side, and leaving a giant crater like the gates of hell. Taking a decade to recover, the warring nations built walking tanks (colossus) that can walk over the burning ash.
I am building up this world with each and every walking tank models I design. I have previously run Kickstarter campaigns for other Codename Colossus products which were successfully funded and fulfilled thanks to your support.
PRICE & CURRENCY
This project is launched from Singapore and for backers outside of the US, the prices will be reflected in Singapore dollars (SGD). Only US backers will see the prices in US dollars. Currency exchange has been fluctuating quite a lot so please check the latest currency rates for your own currency.
I am using $1.00 USD to $1.37 SGD for the purposes of approximation. It will be different from Kickstarter's own automatic calculations.
I am estimating that I would have no problems getting the first 100 kits delivered by March 2019, with the next 100 kits delivered by April 2019.
With the United States of America withdrawing from the Universal Postal Union, international postage rates might fluctuate. To mitigate that risk, I will only bill all backers individually for the shipping costs when I have the kits ready to ship.
I will be sending the kits by Singapore Post International Mail - Small Packet (AIR) - Registered. Barring any changes, the following are estimates for a single kit:
Registered packet to North America, Europe and most of the World are approximately $9.60 USD. $7 SGD to Malaysia and $4 SGD in Singapore.
If you would like to opt for courier delivery, let me know after the campaign.
Courier rates need to be calculated individually because they can vary greatly. For example, the price to send the package by courier to the United Kingdom is approx. $24 USD, while the rate to Ireland would be approx. $34 USD.
Norm Chan from Tested.com tweeted about the campaign. With his new baby, where does he find the time to build kits?
Long time art toy reviewer Andy Heng featured the Mk.I Cerberus in his Toys R Evil blog.
Nick Curtis from CoART Magazine wrote a nice feature not just about the Mk.I Cerberus but all the walkers from Codename Colossus.
Stephen Beale included a little mention of the campaign in the latest Steampunk Digest.
Thank you very much for your time. I am excited to see this happening, I hope you are too, and I can’t wait to send these out to you in the mail.
Risks and challenges
Development for this product is completed. The patterns are being prepared for mould making.
I have accounted for Chinese New Year falling in early February, this should not affect the delivery of the kits in March.
Due to the hand made nature of resin casting, the casts will not all be identical and will need some modelling skills and tools to fit perfectly. Polyurethane resin can flex under heat, which is bad because it can deform, but is also good because warping parts can be bent into shape with the help of a good hairdryer or hot water.
In the event of broken or non-functioning parts, get in touch and I will send a replacement part out to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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