Minor/Repaint: Battle Blade Bumblebee unconventional wing mod

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  1. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    Updated pics of the guantlets below

    I went a little unconventional on my BB wing approach. Instead of hacking up the figure (which I usually do to get my desired results) :thumbs2:  I thought I would try a non-evasive procedure.

    I made an add-on piece that slides into BB’s back in robot mode and then you just pop the doors from their original location and clip them onto the new add-on.

    This way, there is no need to destroy anything on the original factory figure, all you do is a little parts “repositioning”. It's completely reversible! I know this method is not for everyone, but thought I would share my idea.

    Thanks
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  2. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Cleaver idea axiom. Nice work man.
     
  3. VaderPrime1

    VaderPrime1 Prepare for termination!

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    What material did you use? How did u sculpt/model it?
     
  4. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    This still needs to be sanded and finished but-

    Basically, I just cut out the shapes I want in different thicknesses of cardboard stock, superglue them together then use superglue to soak into all exposed areas. The superglue bonds with the cardboard layers creating a plastic like material. It doesn't use as much super glue as it sounds like. Once it’s dried it’s as strong as plastic, sand-able and paintable. I've been using this method for years. Cheap and easy to work with.
     
  5. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Creative method. I wouldn't of thought that was cardboard at all.
     
  6. Megatron118

    Megatron118 I <3 Linkin Park

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    Great idea bro! I might try that on my BB :thumb 
     
  7. closetrat

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    This is pretty clever - I dig it :thumb 

    Looks like yer usin' this same method to replace the arm guard on the right arm - you gonna remove both of them completely?
     
  8. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    Thank you and good eye! Yes I am working on both gauntlets right now. I just stuck that one on to see if anyone would notice. They are still far from done but should be ready to paint by this weekend.
     
  9. nemesisconvoy

    nemesisconvoy Gundam Pilot

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    This looks really great but.......does he still transform?
     
  10. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    Yup, he transforms just fine. The doors just pop back onto their normal hinges for alt mode. No moding is necessary to the figure, just popping the doors on and off and clipping the add-on to his back in robo mode.
     
  11. savio-prime

    savio-prime Autobot

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    It's like a super add-on kit! You should add the mini wings to it!!!
     
  12. closetrat

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    Good point - you could use your method of cardboard/super-glue - plastic to re-make the wings & shoulder blades as part of this unit.

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  13. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    Update on the guantlets
    (don't know if I should start a new thread or not)
    They are mocked up and ready for the first prime and sanding prior to final paint. What do ya think?

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    I think you just sold me on this mold & this scratchbuilding trick.
    These gauntlets are awesome - but where'd the white plastic parts come from?
     
  15. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    The solid white round part is a cap to a lancet (one of my diabetic finger pricker things).
    And the the other part is the cross section of a bic pen.:eek: 
     
  16. closetrat

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    Yeah, was using a bic cross-section on my Deluxe Mudflap, but that was before I moved.
    I'll have to make a new one & get back on fixing him.
     
  17. simonatmac

    simonatmac The stop motion maker

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    Dito. Clever idea!
     
  18. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    I just figured out a VERY simple yet effective way to give him the small wings. Procedural pics to come. What do ya think?

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  19. Alloy Alchemist

    Alloy Alchemist Decepticon sympathizer

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    I'm a little off topic with this but i notice your avatar pic is a MP prime with articulated hands....what hands did you use or are they built?
     
  20. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    It's actually the (not very liked around here) Igear Mini Masterpiece Prime. It came with them. :) 
     

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