|05-20-2012, 10:25 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2008
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Here is my version of Grandus, finished literally just in time for Botcon. He is a character that has grown on me over the years, and I always wanted to make a BIG aircraft carrier kitbash. It is a bit of a shell former, but I made sure that all of the parts do fit onto him in both modes. I think it is fitting because he is truly MASSIVE. He displays better w/o all of the pieces (just like all the other base-formers!). Grandus placed 3rd in the 2012 Botcon Customs Contest (yes, FunPub printed the medal upside down!). Here is the 2nd place Galvatron by the way.
He is made from Energon Omega Supreme, Cybertron Supreme Starscream and Primus, an aircraft carrier toy (same mold as the one now sold at TRU, but without the electronics), and a KO oversized Superion head I got in a junk lot a while back (happened to be perfect for Grandus!). It took some work to attain some symmetry with the arms and legs given that the Omega parts were asymmetrical. The knee joints were reworked to fit Starscream's legs, Omega parts were added to Starscream's feet to make them wider, an extra right Omega arm was put on back wards to become a left arm. He ends up being taller than Omega Supreme or Supreme Starscream. Thankfully, Omega happened to already have a clamp right hand. Tank treads from a PCC were attached to the shoulders. The aircraft carrier took considerable work to hollow out, cut into pieces, and put back together again with resin. The front of the deck becomes a shield that attaches to a modification on the left arm. The mid portion of the deck is attached to the Primus backpack. It splits apart (I saw another board member do this and couldn't think of a better way) and folds up with hinges and magnets to secure it. The back pack attaches to his back in robot mode with a hook and magnets. In carrier mode, it has to be turned around and attaches to the back of his legs with magnets. The hull and control tower pieces fit together with magnets and secure to both the deck pieces and Grandus' body via magnets. Grandus basically lays down on his chest and the hull parts fit on to him with magnets, the feet tuck into the hull, the forearms rotate around, and the hands clamp to hold the hull in place. The parts fit secure enough that they are self supporting when the carrier is lifted. I added a "wall" panel on the inside of his chest and some stickers I had to make it look like the interior of the base mode. The additional gun and mechanical arm attach via magnets.
He is painted with an air brush and Krylon spray paints. I don't normally use spray paint cans, but the surface area was too much for an airbrush! I tried to match as much of Grandus' color scheme as possible with out compromising the aircraft carrier. The clamp hands and forearms are part sliver and turn to the outside for the carrier mode. I left a few red highlights on the carrier as homage to the original. The paint application helped attain some symmetry on the torso, I think. The whites, blues, and reds are metallic. The black parts are dry-brushed with gunmetal to give more detail.
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Last edited by GeoKaiser; 05-28-2012 at 08:52 PM..
|05-20-2012, 10:27 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southern Indiana
Collection Count: 26
News Credits: 1
That is so awesome. I so want one.
|05-20-2012, 10:28 AM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2009
wow, this is incredible
|05-20-2012, 10:43 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Collection Count: Enough to fill Noah`s Ark
Friggin' epic... i would like to shake your hand[IMG][/IMG] My Real Life Kiss Player... Lighting up MY Darkest Hour
|05-20-2012, 10:44 AM||#5|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: south florida , the sea of rust
Collection Count: KEEPERS? 10 MPs,10 alternators,15 classics/universe,7 3rd party ...20 in progress customs
He might be a shellformer and he might have alot of kibble but he is pure win!!
|05-20-2012, 10:53 AM||#6|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lancaster, PA
Collection Count: Eleventy Billion
Hot shit, that is awesome.
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|05-20-2012, 11:14 AM||#7|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Very well done!
|05-20-2012, 11:25 AM||#8|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Collection Count: idek
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|05-20-2012, 11:35 AM||#9|
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Onboard the Pale Fire
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