Heavy/Scratch: Beast Fire Predaking

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  1. Mykltron

    Mykltron Well-Known Member

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    Don't criticise me for the lumpy paint job: it was intentional. The first time Predaking transformed in the cartoon I noticed his rough surfaces and immediately wondered how I would replicate it on the toy that I had not yet purchased, but what a disappointing figure it was. A dragon mode with almost no articulation and a totally inaccurate colour scheme (as usual). The dragon's spring-loaded neck meant that when you aren't holding the lever his head points straight up. The left and right upper jaws were molded into the lower jaw so it had fangs pointing down as well as up, which looked very odd.

    In the animation his wings fold up very small in robot mode but this isn't possible with the toy. If you swing them back he becomes too heavy to stand properly. The toy comes with two guns that attach to the forearms but in the cartoon his arm transforms. I didn't like the way this weapon looked (and he only deployed it twice, briefly) so I made something with a passing similarity that I think looks more interesting.

    Dragon Mode Fixes:
    -Added ball joints between each tail segment;
    -Removed plastic filler from tail and wing spikes;
    -Covered holes in tail with ice cream tub cuttings;
    -Ball joint added to wings;
    -Outside upper jaws removed from lower jaw, which was split into two. Ball joints added to outside upper jaws and lower jaws;
    -New neck added.

    Robot Mode Fixes:
    -Ball joint neck added;
    -Hands given the ability to close fully;
    -Elbows given slightly more range of motion;
    -Gun made from one of his weapons.

    All the pics can be seen here.

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  2. Yaujta

    Yaujta ANUTFORAJAROFTUNA TFW2005 Supporter

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    Some of those mods look awfully familiar...
    ;) 

    I really like the simplified neck using Megatron's tail. It fits nicely.
     
  3. Mykltron

    Mykltron Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean? I've been working on this thing on and off for months.
     
  4. Yaujta

    Yaujta ANUTFORAJAROFTUNA TFW2005 Supporter

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    Looks great! I really like the look of him.
     
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    SPLIT LIP AKA Beve Stuscemi

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    The mods are similar because you're both trying to make it show accurate and articulated.

    BTW, great job. The neck surprisingly works.
     
  7. Yaujta

    Yaujta ANUTFORAJAROFTUNA TFW2005 Supporter

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    Agreed. Makes me wish I'd have done the ball-jointed wing, because that is awesome.
     
  8. Mykltron

    Mykltron Well-Known Member

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    Damn, when I started painting mine I couldn't find any customs that came close to being accurate. Now it seems like there are quite a few! Yaujta, yours makes me wish I'd put more effort into the neck!
     
  9. Yaujta

    Yaujta ANUTFORAJAROFTUNA TFW2005 Supporter

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    No man, your creation is pretty excellent. Probably more stable than mine as well since it's pre-fabricated.
    Be proud, fellow dragon builder!
     
  10. MaverickPrime

    MaverickPrime Mechanical Engineer-to be

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    Very, very nice! but I personally think the brown should be darker. Other than that nitpick, this thing looks awesome!
     
  11. Mykltron

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    You're probably right. It's so hard to judge as there are no moments in the cartoon in which he stands in good light. He's either in the warship (dark and purple light) or backlit or the sun's on the horizon (orangey red light).
     
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    one of the best costoms yet
    and no 3d prinrtd parts !!!! thumbs up on the parts moding
     
  13. OmarJT82

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    Can you please post a tutorial on how you added ball joints to the wings?

    I would very much like to apply this to my own Beast Fire Predaking.
     
  14. Mykltron

    Mykltron Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, the best I can do is post a close-up pic of the mod. Is that any good?
     
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    Very nice! The mods are spot on if you ask me.
     
  16. Crazyhyperboy

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    Im trying to do this ball joint mod myself. I have ball joints i bought to try it out, however I need close up picture reference.
     
  17. Mykltron

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    I put the socket at the base of the wing and the ball on the slider. Note that the slot in the socket allows the wing to pivot front to back while the slider allows the wings to pivot up and down in beast mode.
    Here is a pic:
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    Could you do a a shot of this zoomed out. I'm confused with the position of the wing. And it looks like you removd the pin from the slider 15440548592141009721130843698977.jpg
     

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