Heavy/Scratch: “Jungle Camouflage” Optimus Prime with Real Working Flame Thrower & Enhanced Weaponry

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  1. jcsum

    jcsum Active Member

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    Hey all,

    This is my interpretation of Optimus Prime if he were to engage in army jungle warfare. Move over John Rambo!

    This version of Prime was inspired by my two & a half years of National Service and the subsequent 13-year reservist cycle as a M113 Armoured Vehicle Driver. A M113 s is like a tank but without the tank turret and is used in the Armour formation to carry Armoured Infantry troops.

    So, it was a fitting version of Prime and I’m sure many guys who have served in the military can relate to it. In fact, I think any one who has friends or family serve in the army can relate to this Prime.

    I have given him enhanced weaponry including a real working flame thrower made from a Buster Prime smokestack blaster. For the additional weapons, I have intentionally chosen to use human weapons to fit the army theme.

    Details of paint job and modifications


    1. 3-tone metal finish for exo-skeleton. Deliberate non-chrome/ shiny finish for tactical reasons.
    2. 4-colour Tropical Jungle Camo for all panels and head. A smoke wash gives it the gritty realistic look.
    3. Detailing of exo-skeleton, piping, wires, lights and panels with copper, gold, red, yellow, blue & green colours
    4. Headlights, backlight, tail lights and all small blue lights changed to red lights as per military tactical lights. Added two red Swarovski crystals inside the two hip lights.
    5. Replaced hands with TFTM articulated hands

    Weapons

    All weapons are attached to the figure using concealed rare earth magnets.

    1. Real working flame thrower blaster. A Buster Prime smokestack blaster was modified with a brass barrel, glow plug igniter that is powered by a 2 x AA battery pack disguised as the flame thrower tank. The battery pack attaches to the top back of Prime with 2 rare magnets. The magnets are attracted to the batteries inside the back of Prime so no magnets are attached directly to Prime. (Demo video link below)
    2. 0.5″ Browning Machine Gun with ammunition link belts fed from an ammo box attached to Primes left forearm via magnets.
    3. Shoulder-mounted Anti-tank Rocket Launcher attached via magnets to the battery pack.
    4. Two side-arm pump action military shotguns that fire FRAG-12 High Explosive Armor-Piercing (HEAP) ammunition. The shotguns are attached via magnets embedded in the shotguns and behind Prime’s toolbox/ step. Extra HEAP shells are strapped
    on Prime’s right forearm.

    For more photos and the video of the flame thrower blaster demo, see: “Jungle Camouflage” Optimus Prime with Real Working Flame Thrower & Enhanced Weaponry BACKSTAGE BUSINESS: The Art, Science & Business of Showbiz by J C Sum
     

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  2. Algernon

    Algernon Radicon Acolyte

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    That thing is deadly! Awesome concept, love those weapons.
     
  3. bad karma 99

    bad karma 99 Imaginationist.

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    This is all kinds of badass. The flamethrower is just too awesome. I think Hasbro should include real flamethrowers with there leader Prime's from now on.
     
  4. frenzyrumble

    frenzyrumble Banned

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  5. AndreyOfDoom

    AndreyOfDoom maximize

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    I bet Megatron, Starscream, and Grindor would not put a scratch on that prime if he was in the movie. Awesome custom.
     
  6. ALPHAMAGNUS

    ALPHAMAGNUS Sector70: Reformatting... Veteran

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    WTF? I thought there was a rule about flames and plastic, lol.

    seriously awesome, I want to see a tazer next fig
     
  7. MAIDEN JAPAN

    MAIDEN JAPAN Banned

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    Absolutely kick-ass!! Great work!
     
  8. fakebusker83

    fakebusker83 Radicon

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    HAhaha...which SAR were you in? Fellow armour guy here...

    And oh my gosh..nothing I say can be enough to describe what's here. It's not just the paint job or sculpting/bashing. It's the fact you have a friggin' flamethrower spewing awesomeness. I love the extreme lengths you went into detailing the figure, the camo scheme and authentic weaponry, but the flamer takes the cake!

    I'm sure there will be additional requests for closer pics and tutorials of what you did. I'm sure damn curious about how the mechanism works!

    You did the little island proud, soldier. :) 
     
  9. SPLIT LIP

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    I guess after that forest battle Prime ust wasn't taking anymore chances.

    That deco and weapons are sweet as hell, and that working flame thrower... I honestly don't know if that kicks ass or scares me that TF fans are learning to use fire. :lol 
     
  10. anabolik1

    anabolik1 Banned

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    :jawdropper:  :drool:  :jawdropper:  :drool: 

    THAT is RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME!

    Great job :thumb 
     
  11. OldsCut78

    OldsCut78 Laser Rod

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    I am lost on what to say

    No I'm wrong

    GIMME GIMME
     
  12. Satomiblood

    Satomiblood Prototype Black

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    As long as you don't mod MP Megatron into a real working gun....
     
  13. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    LOVE the bot mode. He's not just taking faces anymore.
     
  14. me!!

    me!! "DOES NOT COMPUTE"

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    :jawdropper:  :jawdropper: 
     
  15. fateastray

    fateastray AnakRepublikMalukuSelatan

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    no, make this next!!

    badass custom.
     
  16. wylungz

    wylungz Well-Known Member

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    dang, thats some ridiculous camouflage paint job, i even had trouble seeing his face cuz it was blended in lol =P
     
  17. pantherfan1

    pantherfan1 Autobot

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    That thing is freakin awesome!
     
  18. blobatron

    blobatron Changeatron/Plumbot

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    Holy hell, that flamethrower is ridiculous! You are some sort of god.
     
  19. tobuttica

    tobuttica Well-Known Member

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    That's a fantastic paint job, and even cooler flame thrower. Let's see you light a cat on fire or something!! Kidding.
     
  20. Slimaximus

    Slimaximus Headmaster

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    Dude Seriously a flame flower, you are my new hero
     

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