Heavy/Scratch: AoE / TLK - Voyager Optimus Custom

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  1. TooKean

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    UPDATE: 8-15-17

    CUSTOM FLAME TEMPLATE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW

    This is the first in a series of repaints/ customs that I'll be posting in the next weeks leading up to the release of the new Transformers film.

    Today I'm showcasing a piece that came out much better that I'd thought. It'd been a while since my last posting here, so here we go...

    It's been awesome seeing all the great work done on the new Voyager Optimus and is fun to see other people's take on the same ideas. Here's a list of some of the one's I've done:

    - Optional removable roof piece (which is easy to do once the pegs have been cut and sanded down)
    - Epoxy filled exhaust pipes
    - Ball jointed wrists (the hollow arms made it easy to mount the ball socket piece)
    - Energon sword fits into wrist socket
    - Scratch-built Tri Blaster
    - Shield gun attachment
    - Increased neck movement
    - Carved Cybertronian glyphs into shoulder pauldrons, shins, shield and sword
    - Hand painted flames for robot mode
    (using vinyl stencil patterns drawn in Adobe Illustrator - FILE AVAILABLE BELOW)
    - Flames painted custom mixed light metallic blue followed up by Tamiya Clear Blue
    - Full robot mode repaint using Testors and Tamiya acrylics

    Enjoy the newest update pics!
    Optimus_ANIM.gif DSC01218.JPG DSC01219.JPG DSC01220.JPG DSC01221.JPG DSC01222.JPG DSC01246.JPG DSC01248.JPG DSC01249.JPG DSC01250.JPG DSC01253.JPG DSC01255.JPG DSC01257.JPG DSC01259.JPG

    Vehicle mode:
    - Filled the holes in all the wheel hubcaps
    - Cut down the trailer hitch to allow it to sit closer to the wheel in robot mode
    - Painted flames for rear wheels
    **UPDATE**
    - Pinstripe Highlights on All Flames
    - New Modified Headlights
    DSC01209.JPG DSC01208.JPG TLK_Op022.jpg DSC01210.JPG

    Scratch-built Tri Blaster:
    TLK_Op053.jpg TLK_Op054.JPG

    ** Older Images: Before 2nd Set of Upgrades **
    TLK_Op038.jpg TLK_Op001.jpg TLK_Op002.jpg TLK_Op003.jpg TLK_Op004.jpg TLK_Op005.jpg TLK_Op006.jpg TLK_Op007.jpg TLK_Op008.jpg TLK_Op010.jpg TLK_Op011.jpg TLK_Op012.jpg TLK_Op013.jpg TLK_Op014.jpg TLK_Op015.jpg TLK_Op016.jpg TLK_Op017.jpg
     

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  2. savio-prime

    savio-prime Autobot

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    Love the etching, and several of those photos are epic! Very nice!
     
  3. TooKean

    TooKean Active Member

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    Thanks Savio! The work you did on your Optimus was a real inspiration!
     
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    savio-prime Autobot

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    Thanks too! I need to get me a blaster for mine! He looks so great with it!
     
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    savio-prime Autobot

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    How did you go about the painstaking process of carving all those glyphs? Looks more tedious than the flamework!
     
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    I used a needle pointed carving tool (it has very comfortable wooden handle) and heated the very tip in the flame of my stove-top burner on low for a few seconds.
    That amount of time allows for 3-5 characters in one go. Since they're so small at this scale, I just free-handed them...

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  7. savio-prime

    savio-prime Autobot

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    Excellent craftsmanship!
     
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    FLAME TEMPLATE PREVIEW: (Not for printing. See .pdf below.)
    AoE_TLK_OptimusFlames.jpg

    For anyone interested in the flames on this custom, I've included the link of the flame stencils I made (using lots of screen references to do so) as a vector .pdf here:
    AoE_TLK_OptimusFlames.pdf

    Since I work at a sign shop with a vinyl plotter, I cut the flames out in a 2mil matte translucent clear vinyl (preferably on a plastic liner) so I could see where the stencils would line up on each piece as I was applying them.

    Let me know if there's any questions. I'd be more than happy to help. :D 
     
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  9. Lukelbs

    Lukelbs MPM figures? Yes, please!

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    Wow! Impressive work! This may be the most extensive and best custom of the figure yet! I'm pretty jealous... looks I have too get mine finished!
     
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    Here's some miscellaneous detail pictures during transformation:

    TLK_Op025.jpg TLK_Op026.jpg
     
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  11. eltonlin98

    eltonlin98 I MET BOTH MPMs IN STORE TODAY. THEY EXIST!

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    great custom, @TooKean! That was super courteous of you to release your flame sources like that. I'd like to ask two questions if you don't mind

    1. How did you fill in the holes on Prime's tires?
    2. If someone were to provide you with the scan of OceanDesigns's Age of Extinction Leader Optimus decal set, do you think you would be able to shrink/redesign them as stencils to accommodate this figure?
     
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    fantastic work
     
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    konrathink Jared Magnus

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    I was trying to figure out a way to fill in those exhaust pipes. Was that a pain? Seems like such a small area to work with.

    Great work on this figure by the way!
     
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    Thanks for asking eltonlin98

    1. I used scraps of lightweight closed-cell, free foam, rigid PVC sheeting. I prefer it in some cases to styrene because it can be compressed a bit. I cut a couple of 3/32 x 3/32 rods, dipped the end in super glue and then inserted the end into the square hole. I then cut off the ends and shaped it with an Xacto and lightly sanded.
    From that point, it's just a matter of painting the hubcaps the paint of your choice.
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    2. It's possible. I'd have to see what the sheet looks like. I never got the leader AoE figure. I've seen pictures and do know the proportions vary from figure to figure.

    I know the file I made isn't 100% perfect for stickers like Reprolabels produce. It did work out for my tastes, which is why I wanted other's to have an opportunity to try it out for themselves.
     
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    Much appreciated!

    The pipes were filled with my favorite filler: Loctite's 5 minute, 2-Part Epoxy.
    20170518_102232.jpg

    It dries hard, but has a very slight flex after a full 48 hour cure. I mixed a circle of each part, about 1 1/2in. in diameter and then applied the mix into each gap with a toothpick.

    The great thing about this stuff is that as it filled past the plastic's edge, the epoxy acted like water pooling on a penny. It naturally rounded out on it's own! I had very little sanding to do afterward. Primed and painted up great. :D 
     
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    Versus Photos:
    TLK_Op050.jpg TLK_Op051.jpg TLK_Op052.jpg TLK_Op038.jpg TLK_Op039.jpg TLK_Op040.jpg
     
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  17. BrutiKing

    BrutiKing I is a Bruticus fan

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    How did you trace it?
     
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    I took measurements from the figure of each of the panels that would be getting flames and drew them at 1:1 scale
    in Adobe Illustrator.
    I then overlaid those shapes with screenshots of the CG model and then sketched out the flames using a pen tablet.
    Took a couple test prints to ensure they would wrap well on the figure.
     
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  19. amd098

    amd098 En taro Artanis!

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    that's just fantastic. i might try to print those as an uncut sticker and see how they come out.
     
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