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Old 04-14-2012, 09:01 AM   #1
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TF: Prime (FE) Optimus Prime swords and smokestacks (Shapeways)



TF: Prime Voyager (FE) Optimus Prime upgrade set (Shapeways)
Version 1.5
Update April 14, 2012




I would like to present to you guys the upgrade set for TF: Prime (FE) Optimus Prime! In these
sets you will get a pair of replacement swords and smokestacks which are designed to be more
show accurate, as well as give you the opportunity of replacing the stock rubber sword and
smokestacks.

You might ask: Ariel, I thought you said you don't do 'replications'. What's your reason for doing
this set? I'll answer that's right, I still don't do replications unless there is a good reason to do
so. My justification for this set is that I can't stand the floppiness of the stock blade (it came to
me bent out of the box) and I would like my Optimus to have a set of harder plastic blades.
Also, I'm able to take this opportunity to make the blades more accurate as well as give you
guys a pair of them.

Apologies to those who have been waiting for me to show photos of the actual print.
I wasn't able to get them in until a few days ago.

In these photos you can see both versions of the blades. There is the fixed version on the left
arm, and the rotatable version on the right. You can also see the smokestacks already installed
on his back. The details on the blades are amazing. I can hardly see any print lines except on
the bladed areas of the sword, which can be easily removed with sandpaper. It's a pity FUD is
so hard to photograph.




Foreground: Fixed version.


Foreground: Rotating version.


Smokestacks.


Alt mode smokestacks.


For the original version of the smokestacks, I made a mistake and omitted the peg holes on the
inside of the pipes that are necessary for the smokestacks to fit into alt mode. It was a major
boo-boo on my part and I apologise. There are 2 ways you can solve this.
First is to try dremelling the peg holes which won't be easy on such a small piece.
The other way is to order the replacement from Shapeways which I'll provide
the link below. No I'm not earning any extra from those smokestacks, don't worry.

There's not much to say about installation, but if you ordered the set in FUD, the standard rules
apply. Don't apply too much pressure and never at the wrong angles. If it feels tough to push a
peg into the hole, carefully shave away some material from the peg and try again. I personally
had no issues with breakage so you guys should be alright.

And yes, the swords most likely will fit RID Prime. Not the smokestacks, though.



You can get the fixed sword set at:
TFP (FE) Optimus Prime upgrade set

For the rotating blade version, get it at:
TFP (FE) Optimus Prime upgrade set (rotating blade)

For just the smokestacks, get it at:
TFP (FE) Optimus Prime smokestacks


Comments, critique and happy conversations much welcome!

- Ariel


Flickr is here.

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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That's awesome!
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
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I already own these and they are spectacular!

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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these are looking amazing!
how do they look on RID Prime?

also, are you planning on making blaster similar to the FE ones? ones that will fit RID prime also?
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:02 AM   #5
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Bought on sight!
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:52 PM   #6
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You are doing some Crazy cool work.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:06 PM   #7
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Frick you man. You are probably the best person I have ever met who I really want give my wallet to. ME GUSTA THIS.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #8
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I think the best way to attach the sword and gun to simulate the "morphing" is thus

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:25 PM   #9
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these are looking amazing!
how do they look on RID Prime?

also, are you planning on making blaster similar to the FE ones? ones that will fit RID prime also?
I'm keen to get the swords and I'd definitely purchase a set of blasters!
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:35 PM   #10
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Please oh please make an upgrade set for PRID Optimus. The weapons that come with it do not do it justice.
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