They published articles (like this one) to inspire you to create your own.
I know now that creating your own stuff has fallen out of favor with players of 40k (and with GW -- I wonder why?) but it hasn't fallen out of favor with me!
In a couple of weeks, my grandson Matt and I will be teaming up to play in a 40k battle against his dad! I will be bringing my Land Raiders (one old and one new) to bear in that battle, but I wanted to try to bring a squad of Landspeeders.
In the past, I've played with a speeder, but I've always used only one. They are fairly fragile --
-- with armor of 10, so one doesn't last very long...
That's OU812... I've had him for 20 years, believe it or not...
I would LOVE to be able to buy three of these...
They are sooooo cool!
... BUT I want to see how they play FIRST!
To that end, I went down to my local Dollar Store and I bought 3 travel sized sticks of deodorant and a bag of ballpoint pens. Total $4.
I went to Hobby Lobby and I bought some small plastic champagne glasses. 24 for $3.
I dug in my cabinet for some plastic spoons -- I'll call that free.
I also busted out some electrical connectors that I used for rocket launchers on my drop pods (I made these out of foam core...)
So, I drilled and painted and mounted them on the bases of the little cups. I magnetized the rocket pods so I can take them off, if they get destroyed OR if I need to shave points (+40 each).
Here they are. They aren't fantastic, but they are serviceable and I will get a chance to play with three 'speeders in a couple of weeks.
They actually look a bit better in person than in this photo...