Minor/Repaint: Classics Jazz - WIP (My first Repaint/Head Swap)

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  1. TENIME_art

    TENIME_art Ethically Challenged

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    I've been itching to expand my Classics line, but being a Kitbashing virgin, it's made me a little aprehensive. Now, there're still going to be those Classics customs that I won't do, that I'll commission, due to complexity that I don't have talent for, but there will be those that will be so easy, there'd be no reason for me to not attempt it.

    My first idea is an Autobot I've been growing more and more fond of, lately, thanks to his Alternator counterpart. Making him into a Classics figure stumped me for awhile until this morning. I noticed that Bumblebee/Cliffjumper aren't really Volkswagen Beetles, and figured I could use their mold (since so few were made in the Classics line) for other cars, that wouldn't work with Rodimus' (seeing as how there're really only 2 car molds...).

    So, to see if my idea would even look decent, I did a digibash.

    Swap heads with Grimlock, add a strip-styrene nose, paint & Reprolabels (I've already ordered them - too late - so, I'm hoping they'll be somewhat comparable in size), and you've got Classics Jazz:

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    I'm buying parts when the stores open later today, and I'll keep a running WIP photo journal for those that also think this is a cool idea, and want to know how I'm doing it.
     
  2. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    Cool.

    It's times like this, I wish Hasbro did Jazz instead of Grimlock.

    I would recommend retooling the visor to be more Jazz.
     
  3. Ravenxl7

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    Cool idea. I can't wait to see how it comes out. Good luck.
     
  4. TENIME_art

    TENIME_art Ethically Challenged

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    Thanks.

    Well, I can't sculpt. This way, I take out Grimmy's lightpipe, paint the eyes silver with a clear blue over it, paint the back black to match the head, and stick it back in. The nose is gonna be simple: strip-styrene epoxied to the face. Darn. Real hard. :lol 

    I'm going to have to have my friend dremel the raised area on the roof smooth, the raised areas on the hood come out, and I should have no problem sticking putty in the holes to make them smooth. And, I'm removing the tailgate.

    I can't sculpt, and I can barely paint, so if you want to take my idea, and make your own changes - PLEASE!! :D  And upload plenty of pictures, I'd love to see others' representations!!
     
  5. Abrogate

    Abrogate Nondescript Former Poster

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    I'm pretty sure BB's head is a balljoint and Grim's isn't...
     
  6. Thundercracker

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    Cool idea!
     
  7. TENIME_art

    TENIME_art Ethically Challenged

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    You're correct. And, it's essential for the head to tilt back for transformation.

    My friend with the dremel is real handy with a drill. If he can't figure out a way to make it work, then it can't be done! :p 

    Thank you! I hope to one day follow in your footsteps and make a Thundercracker that looks half as good as yours!!
     
  8. smangerbot

    smangerbot The Holy Zombie Jesus TFW2005 Supporter

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    man this was one of my beefs with classics - no jazz, wheeljack, ironhide or soundwave. classic characters for sure...

    cant wait to see finished product!
     
  9. cappeca

    cappeca wtf is this?

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    That's really good, but for a moment I thought someone would finally repaint Cyb Crosswise into classics Jazz. :( 
     
  10. Crobot91

    Crobot91 Daddy has lots of TFs...

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    Awesome Idea! Any alt mode digibash pics?
     
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    Jazz was my favorite G1 character. Looking forward to the finished project.
     
  12. zailand

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    yeah, swap heads with Grimlock. Kool idea. Let see it.
     
  13. TENIME_art

    TENIME_art Ethically Challenged

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    I plan on repainting Cybertron Downshift into WJ...

    Ick. He's fine for my "Classics" Smokescreen, but I want to use as many actual Classics parts as I can... Besides, I think someone else is already doing that...I remember seeing something on Transtopia...

    I did this before going to bed at 7am this morning, so I plan on doing it later, I just wanted to get the robot mode up, since I think it turned out so well...
     
  14. Poho

    Poho That's MISTER Poho to you

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    i really wish there had been a classics Jazz.
     
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    IACON "That's Vector Sigma?" TFW2005 Supporter

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    Looks great. Can't wait to see it finished and in alt mode.
     
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    Great idea!
     
  18. Grimlock_13

    Grimlock_13 Reformed Geewunner

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    Great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing you complete it!
     
  19. Ravenxl7

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    Just curious, but, what Reprolabels set are you going to use? or did you order a custom set? I might end up doing something like this after I get my Shockwave done.
     
  20. Crobot91

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    You and all of tf-fandom, buddy, lol! The only comfort I find is that the Movie Deluxe Jazz has some resemblance to a potential Classics Jazz (proportions and colours seem to work well) - only the head and hands need to be replaced (maybe some stickers could be added too) - that's going to be a future kitbash project of mine.

    I'm thinking of using Cybertron Crosswise's head for it though...
     

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