Heavy/Scratch: Back to the drawing board

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  1. Buzby74

    Buzby74 Well-Known Member

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    +++Since Ive only really focused on MP Swoop for my custom builds. I feel it is time for a change of scenary.

    In the pipe line and what Im working on next is going to be an MP Slap. I have done some thought process into the build already, but with some questions how to some bits to the build. I guess I will cross those bridges when I get to them. That is the joy and challange to overcome in the kitbashing hobby line.

    When I post pictures, comments and ideas are most welcome.

    Ive seen some really nice MP Shockwaves done recently and I have a G1 Shockwave and a seeker base, therefore I will be build one aswel. I would like to give thanks to Scotscream for his support and advice with this build. Since my Swoops have gone to Honk kong, I plan to re-make Swoop for myself and will put the odd picture up of the progress.

    All in all, I would like to incorperate casting into some of these builds. This will be a new experience for me because I havent even attempted it before. It wont be anything major, things like fabricating the odd part. So any widsom anyone would like to share will be greatly recieved.

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    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    Goodluck ;) 
     
  3. thyvipera

    thyvipera ThyVipera

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    that first pic makes it seems like there's an oversized MP seeker out there lol love it. looking good man. the biggest challenge I personally faced with this custom, is getting the backpack to fold properly for gun mode.
     
  4. Buzby74

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    Thanks G, Im gonna need it!

    Very true, I was told to cut the tab that gets in the away a bit then fill gap with styrene, so I hope I'll get it good.

    Thanks for the reminder
     
  5. The Dark Seeker

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    I think you'll do fine. I kind of suspected that the other MP style shockwaves had two of the same feet put together as one. I think you're off to a very good start :)  Can't wait to see the finished product!
     
  6. Buzby74

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    I hope so.

    i would like to re-cast the feet the put a wee bit of articulation into them for posing. I like to add finishing touches to the feet and articulated them a bit.
     
  7. Rodimeister0088

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    very nice work. makes sense for the G1 look.
     
  8. Scotscream

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    off to a great start,thats exactly what i was talking about with the leg mods dead on!cant wait to see more
     
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    Thanks buddy for the tip cuz it would have taken me a while to figure it out.... Still quite some way to go though. As you well know
     
  10. Buzby74

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    Ive been thinking, and have a plan to set this project apart from the rest.

    Watch this space because all will be revealed towards the end of the project............
     
  11. Buzby74

    Buzby74 Well-Known Member

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    Got quite far last night with the lwg and hip mod. Will post and update bunch of pics later. Totally refashoined the hip waiste and legs area on the seeker mold with Neo shifter bits. I think I still need to make the pevis narrower for the alt mold so the leg will be closer together.

    Watch this space....
     
  12. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    Looks good so far :)  I would love to have my hand at this, but I'm scared to even modify my DOTM leader Ironhide at the moment...
     
  13. Scotscream

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    looking good bro,i got 2 more of these to make this week!need to hurry it up aswell!glad the info helped,styrene looks nice and smooth,rest assured when i turn my mind on to mp swoop ill be bugging you!

    ps did you manage with the dremel stuff ok?
     
  14. Buzby74

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    I look forward to assisting you in your Swoop build.

    No i didnt dremel it out, sorry. But as you will see in the next update I have heavily modded the legs and the hip/waiste section.
     
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    Heres the update. Idea of the work done it to allow enough articulation to the legs to move from robot to alt mode with the skirt armour.

    This picture shows that I cut the tube that the skirt attatches to and move it further down to cover the new neo shifter ball joints better. I just drilled a hole through the flap and put it through.
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    Next pics show the top of leg mod I did. I did this on my MP Swoop and I think it makes this part of the leg look great (my opinion - what do you think?)
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    After doing this mod there are a couple of issues that need adressing.
    1) In the alt mode there is a really noticable gap between both legs on in the handle area.
    - All I intend to do is to reduce the gap is to slim the hip section by taking a piece the middle. I will need to cut the front off first where the skirt armour is and the re-attatch that to the front again. Therefore it should look the same from the front still.
    2) Ive already mounted the legs into the Shockwave mold and it looks fine to me and transforms fine for both modes. The niggly issue for me is the leags are limited to a forward and sideways motion. I need to do some work to create valid space to allow the legs to move in a backwards motion too.
    - I will build the bum up with styrene to move the joints away from the back shockwave mold to allow the movement. I will post some pics so you can see what I mean when Ive done it.
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    Thats it for now.... Please let me know what you think
     
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    Hey everyone, Ive been working hard on Shockwave and got quite far. Heres a bunch of update pictures. Sorry that the lighting isnt brilliant, but Im sure you will get the jist in how its coming on. Im considering putting some skirt armour on the gaps on the front. I would love your opinion whether you think it I need to or not.

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    Ive already attatched the right hand which was quite easy to transplant fron an MP Seeker donor. The cannon hand is a work in progress, just started on it and isnt no way near finished yet.

    The legs already are able to fold into gun mode very well, sorry no pics of alt mode today though.

    Hope you like.
     
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    Wikkid Semi-retired customizer

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    I really admire that you perfect your designs and continue to strive for perfection.
     
  18. Buzby74

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    Always a work in progress. I guess we all do it really because we dont consider something finished until we are 100% happy with it ourselves.

    Heres an update few piccy..

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    I replaced the old rubber hose cable with a neo-shifter pipe. Also I have built the hand cannon, Im happy with the way it turned out.

    Still deciding and trying to work out how to do the legs so they can be taken apart. JuSt a wee technical planning issue to work out. Id probably try to make new and longer tubes for the srew to secure the 2 halves together. Just trying to work out the best may to make it secured.

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  19. Quantum25

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    Looks great so far, really loving your work.

    Word of warning however, the pipe you chose for the gun arm does not take paint very well. I used them on a previous custom of mine and painted over them, but now the paint's constantly flaking off. However that pipe does come in black.
     
  20. Buzby74

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    Thanks for the warning.

    I will tray and coat it with satin finish varnish first and then coat it with paint. Hopefully that will help. If not, I will either just take it off or use lego piping instead.
     

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