Heavy/Scratch: Alternators Mirage- Mercedes Sauber

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  1. strata32000

    strata32000 Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone,

    It's been a long time since I've posted anything here.
    I have been busy updating my skills and have decided to start off by kit-bashing.

    I have always loved the Alternators/Binaltech figures from Hasbro/ Takara,
    I was sad and upset when they pulled the line years ago.
    Seeing as how they ended up killing the line by needlessly doing so many
    repaints I want to try my hand at updating the look of the original
    18 Autobot cars.

    Here we have my first ever kit-bash "Mirage" a Mercedes Sauber race car.
    I saw this kit and Mirage instantly came to mind.

    The base figure is Alternators Mirage and I managed to maintain the original
    transformation of it.
    This project took 2 1/2 months to do and involved a lot of cutting, carving, and sanding.
    I managed to keep the body pretty tight in car mode and it looks like a good blend of G1 Mirage and Alternators Mirage in robot mode.

    One of the hardest parts about this figure was the fact that the kits plastic was really thin making it difficult to cut and not break.
    The kit also didn't come with a hood. That's right no hood.
    The kit came with a clear thin plastic sheet that I guess they intended you to use to create a hood.

    It looked really cheap and so I made my own hood out of aluminum sheet metal.
    This figure was created for my own collection and making the hood out
    of aluminum is more durable and a vast improvement to Revell's kit.

    Over all I'm 85% happy with how Mirage came out.
    I would like to spend 5% more time on detailing the robot mode
    and 10% tweaking the transformation and placement of the hood in robot mode.

    Well I hope you all enjoy this figure, it was a pain in the ass but when it is all said and done it was so worth it.
     

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  2. KINGBOTZ

    KINGBOTZ www.KINGBOTZ.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    This looks so clean & incredible man, & the fact that the doors still work & the interior is still there just tops it off! Killer job on this guy.
     
  3. plowking

    plowking I'm with ErechOveraker. Veteran

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    Wow....yeah, this is fantastic.

    Top shelf work.
     
  4. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    *speechless*
     
  5. Tigertrack

    Tigertrack Back In The Game!

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    This is very awesome indeed. However, it reminds me more of Gobots Crasher than Mirage. Probably cause of the car mode though.
    And for your first job, I have to say well done! Well done indeed! I should be so lucky with my first custom. :) 
    Truly awesome!
     
  6. timshinn73

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    Mirage got back!

    Fantastic craftsmanship! Really great!
     
  7. Alloy Alchemist

    Alloy Alchemist Decepticon sympathizer

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    to put it simply...AWESOME!
     
  8. John_Force

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    As a die hard racing fan, I must say that this is officially sick. Add to the fact that the doors still work in vehicle mode. I'm utterly speechless. Mad props to you, sir.
     
  9. knoted

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    Amazing. Super slick production quality.
     
  10. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    This is far and above my favorite kitbash of Mirage ever.
     
  11. Zildjian

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    That is one fantastic job!!
     
  12. beigoma

    beigoma Autobot TFW2005 Supporter

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    Amazing. Just amazing. You guys that can mix kits with TF's always blow me away but this one is extra special. Look at those doors!
    Are those stripes on the wheels decals?

    Amazing.
     
  13. Tom_Servo

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    That is one sick awesome re-shell, man! Good work! Getting a project like this to come out so clean looking is no easy task. I salute you.
     
  14. exclusacon

    exclusacon Expert with the Scopes!

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    Wow!
     
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    That is an amazing Mirage.
     
  16. Kraken

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    That. Is. AWESOME!!!

    I've got a similar Mercedes Le Mans type car as a Die Cast Model (1:18 scale by Burago I think it is) and I keep looking at it and thinking, 'Hmmm, that would make an awesome Mirage!' and you've gone ahead and made it into an awesome Mirage! Mad Props to you my man.

    And if this is your first bash, I certainly look forward to what you've got in store for us next :thumb 
     
  17. Dr. Vile

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    Holy Crap, WOW, My Gods thats damn sweet.
     
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    Hot to death.
     
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    That is stunning man! Its amazing to see a reshell with such clean and perfect lines. Everything lines up perfectly like it was designed to be that way. Very VERY impressive.
     
  20. MADMEX33

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    amazing :drool: 
     

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