3D Artwork: Fakebusker's Shapeways thread - October 2012 Creative Spotlight

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  1. fakebusker83

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    January 7, 2014
    Hi guys,

    Things have come to a point that I'm embarking on the largest project I've ever attempted. I doubt I'll even do anything in the future that can match this in terms of scale and complexity. As it were, I really want to see it complete at least by middle of 2014 and I'm putting all my energies to bring it to fruition.

    Past experience have shown that accepting requests and ideas for new Shapeways stuff, although great for fans and friends because they'll get to see the stuff they want being made, is really distracting for me and I get delayed from working on the things I want. Don't get me wrong, I love to create stuff for you guys. But this is going to be my magnum opus and I've decided this is the season to complete it.

    Hence, until further notice, I'll be taking NO MORE REQUESTS, regardless of how minor. The current models on my shop will still be up of course, and you might see small, random things from me from time to time. But nothing else until this leviathan of a project is done and put to production.

    Sincerely,

    Ariel Lemon




    What is Shapeways?
    Basically, Shapeways is a company that takes 3D CAD files from designers and puts them up on their website. The public will be able to order these designs and Shapeways will print them out in 3D and ship them worldwide. These prints can come in different materials, each with their own characteristics which can influence every design. The advantage is that you have the freedom to create shapes which cannot be done through conventional molding processes, and everything is made to order so there is no messy inventory handling.

    Check out their website to learn more!

    Feasibility
    I receive a lot of great suggestions from fans here, many which made it to a producible stage, like Sentinel Prime's hands and DOTM Starscream's weapon set. However, I have also received suggestions which are not feasible too, for a number of reasons. I will briefly list out my criteria for how I pick my projects. Please read through and it will help you refine your next big Shapeways idea!

    Scale:
    Shapeways material is expensive, so ideas wanting an entire replacement arm or leg for a deluxe sized figure is going to cost you about $60. Ideas for smaller objects such as heads, weapons and the like will be more suitable.

    Marketability:
    I get suggestions to design a character specific add-on for a rare figure, such as a con-exclusive or a G1 toy. Unless the add-on is adaptable for other figures, it does not make economic sense to work on a design that sells only 2 pieces. It is better to have ideas for 'current' figures, like movie figures or recent reissues, for instance.

    Referencing:
    It greatly helps my design process if I have the physical toy in hand to take measurements from. If the figure is obscure or out of production, I will be designing blind. Again, ideas for recently released figures will best.

    Partsforming:
    This is more of a personal bias. I prefer whatever add on elements I design should have a place to store in both modes, no parts forming. If the Shapeways part is a replacement for a limb, the new part should also transform and fit neatly in all modes as well.



    Weapons of the Secession
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    Click here to enter the Weapons of the Secession official thread.




    Classics, Henkei, Universe, Generations

    Faceoff the Abstergent

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    Order Faceoff here.

    An extremely articulated figure that converts into an impressive sniper rifle.
    You can also order Sawoff the Carabinier, a variant figure with changes to lower its price.

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    Order Sawoff here.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.




    Hot Rod's Duopulse Discharger

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    Order the Discharger here.
    Order the Adaptor here.


    A pair of blasters for Classics Hot Rod that combines into a sleek sniper rifle.
    Also available is an adaptor to allow the Discharger to be mounted in alt mode.

    Flickr gallery here.


    FOC Starscream's Bad Comedian's Hat

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    Order the Hat here.

    A Hat made to for FOC Starscream to make his head bigger than it should ever be.
    Frosted Ultra Detail recommended.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    FOC Soundwave hands

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    Order his hands here.

    A pair of articulated hands for FOC Soundwave. 14mm knuckle width.
    Strong Flexible material recommended.


    WFC Megatron Annihilating Appendages

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    Order Appendages here.

    A set of 2 forearms and a vambrace to upgrade WFC deluxe Megatron
    and give him a closer to in-game appearance. Also adds compatibility
    to 5mm peg weapon accessories.

    Also, you can choose to order only the hands, which are fully posable
    and perfect for your customizing needs.

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    Order hands here.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Rock Shooter head

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    Order Rock Shooter's head here.

    If you want to mix and match materials, order Part A here.
    And order Part B here.

    A replacement head for the War for Cybertron deluxe Cliffjumper figure,
    made to be accurate to his appearance in the Fall of Cybertron game.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Smashmaster Seismus

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    Order Seismus here.

    Seismus hails from the Smashmasters, a clan of alien robots who eschews the
    cowardly methods of ranged combat in preference of going into the thick of things
    and smashing their enemies. He transforms into a War Hammer that can be used
    on 3mm fist holes as well as 5mm fist holes.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Masterpiece Seeker hands

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    Order hands here.

    If there is one thing the venerable Masterpiece Seeker mold
    can be improved upon, I mean, beside the kibbley hips, are his hands!
    This replacement set allows all fingers to pose independently,
    and they are able to hold 5mm peg accessories as well.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    The Snitch

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    Order the Snitch.

    The Snitch is a robotic avian spy that transforms into a 'techno-cassette' to
    fit into WFC deluxe Soundwave. It comes with extendable wings and 2 laser blasters.
    This model is very posable!

    Flickr gallery here.


    Purrdator

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    Order Purrdator.

    The Purrdator is a tiny cat that transforms into a 'techno-cassette' which
    can be stored in the chest compartment of WFC deluxe Soundwave figure.
    Each Purrdator comes with 2 missiles that attaches to his hind legs.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Thugger

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    Order Thugger.

    The Thugger is a mini-robot that transforms into a 'techno-cassette' which
    can be stored in the chest compartment of WFC deluxe Soundwave figure.
    Each Thugger comes with a pair of cannons which can be mounted
    on the arms and the back. Thuggers can also transform into a
    3rd missile launcher mode to be mounted onto any 5mm peg-hole.

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    Order Slammers here.

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    Order Drillers here.

    Additionally, you can choose to get a pair of Slammers
    or Drillers to arm your Thuggers with.
    These versions can be disassembled to form
    hand weapons and rocket launchers too!

    Sixpointsinspace's youtube review here!
    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Megamace

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    Get Part A here. Get Part B here.

    An menacing looking flanged mace, perfect for all aspiring robotic warlords!
    Comes in 2 parts which you have to order separately; you can choose to print
    both parts in different materials for different effects. The handle diameter is 5mm.
    The mace can be wielded as one piece, or separately. The bottom length
    can be detached to form an auxiliary melee weapon.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    HFTD Whirl claw

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    Order claws here.

    A claw accessory inspired by the Wrecker Whirl from the IDW comic line.
    Each claw pivots on a rotational joint and has 4 'fingers' which are double-jointed.
    The claws are attached to the hands of figures by a 5mm peg.


    Transformers Prime

    Breakdown's Hammer and Blaster

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    Get the hammer and blaster here.

    A show accurate hammer and shoulder cannon for Breakdown. Uses 5mm pegs.


    The Desecrated Vambrace

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    Get the Vambrace here.

    The Desecrated Vambrace fits onto TFP Powerizer Megatron's forearm nicely.

    The Deicidium

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    Part A. Part B (110 mm blade). Part B (136 mm blade).

    The Deicidium is one massive sword. Comes in 2 blade sizes. The handle is 5mm compatible.


    The Etnarium

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    Order the Etnarium here.


    The Etnarium makes and unmakes all. The handle is 5mm compatible.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    TF: Prime Powerizer Skyquake and Dreadwing weapons

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    Order Skyquake's Massive Minigun here.


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    Order Dreadwing's Big Blaster here.


    Skyquake's set contains his minigun and 2 bombs, while Dreadwing's set consists of his blaster,
    his sword and 2 bombs. Both guns features adjustable handles and 5mm storage pegs.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    TF: Prime Powerizer Megatron Fusion Cannon

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    Order the fusion cannon here.


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    Order Dark Energon variant here.


    This set contains a show accurate, LED-enabled Fusion Cannon for Powerizer Megatron,
    and a forearm shield with a fold-out blade. Works on both arms, bot and alt modes.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    TF: Prime deluxe Knockout Bodywork Tools

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    Order the set here.


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    Order ported version here.


    The Bodywork Tools set for deluxe Knockout contains a folding Paralyzer spear,
    a spinning cutting saw and a Trephinator drill, as well as a pair of replacement
    shoulder armour pieces and a pair of back body fillers.

    Also available is a ported version with extra 5mm ports on the body fillers for
    additional accessorizing.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    TF: Prime voyager (FE) Optimus set

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    Order standard set here.

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    Order the rotating blade variant here.

    This set contains a pair of show accurate blades and smokestacks, meant to
    replace the soft ones that came with the original figure. You can choose to get
    the standard, show accurate version, or the set with the separate rotating blades.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    TF: Prime deluxe (FE) Starscream set

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    Order the set here.
    Order left blaster here.


    This set for the deluxe First Edition Starscream figure consists of
    1 head spike, 2 knee spikes, 2 tri-missile launchers, 2 single missile launchers
    and 1 right arm blaster! All the weapon accessories can either be mounted
    on his arms or under his jet wings.

    Also available is his left arm blaster, sold separately.


    TF: Prime deluxe RID Cliffjumper blasters

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    Order his blasters here.

    A pair of tri-barreled blasters for deluxe Cliffjumper, based on their appearance in the animated series!


    TF: Prime deluxe RID Wheeljack blasters

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    Order his blasters here.

    A pair of blasters and a grenade for deluxe Wheeljack. These 'sheathed' blasters can be
    held in his hands, on his shoulders and even mounted on the front of his alt mode.
    The grenade can be clipped to the side of his hip, hand held, or plugged into the barrel of his blaster!


    TF: Prime deluxe (FE) Arcee blasters

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    Order a pair here.

    A pair of blasters for Transformers Prime deluxe First Edition Arcee figure.
    They are specially designed to be mounted on her forearm 5mm peg sockets,
    and they have an additional socket for her blade weapons to be mounted underneath.
    Also, they can be mounted on the side of her bike mode by using the same attachment to the blades.
    Each blaster is 5.5 cm long.


    TF: Prime deluxe (RID) Arcee Blasters & "Spider Stinger" blades

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    Order the blasters and blades here.

    This is a pair of show accurate sized blasters and blades for RID Arcee.
    They can be pegged to her foot pedals or front 5mm peg holes in vehicle mode.

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    For those who only want the blasters, you can order them here.

    Note: The "Stingers" can be used on FE Arcee, but not the blasters.



    Live action movie

    Crosshairs' SMGs

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    Order SMGs.

    A pair of SMGs for AOE deluxe Crosshairs. Uses 5mm handles.


    "Feuer Frei" Scatter Blaster

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    Order Scatter Blaster.

    Scatter blaster design inspired by DOTM Megatron's shotgun.
    Uses a 5mm peg handle but can be also used on the voyager's claws.
    Also has 2 auxiliary pegs on the side to enable storage on the figure's back.
    Length is 9.6 cm long.

    Flickr gallery here.


    Evil Soldier Sidearm "Scolex Spiker"

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    Order Scolex Spiker here.

    Spiked weapon accessory inspired from the weapons
    wielded by Decepticon troops in Dark of the Moon.
    Length is 6.3 cm.

    Flickr gallery here.

    "Corro-cannon" for DOTM leader Sentinel Prime

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    Order Corro-cannon here.

    A leader sized weapon accessory for Dark of the Moon Sentinel Prime,
    inspired by the cosmic rust cannon in the movie!
    This version comes with a 3mm c-clip to allow storage in his vehicle mode.
    Length is 11.4 cm.


    Movie Voyager Sentinel Prime Weapon Set

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    Order weapon set here..

    This is a set of movie accurate weapons for the voyager Sentinel Prime figure!
    It comes with a pair of blades, a blaster and a shield.
    All components can be combined together for storage and
    kept a top his vehicle mode.

    Flickr gallery here.
    Radicon thread here.



    Movie leader Optimus Prime hands

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    Order Knuckle hands.

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    Order movie accurate hands.

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    Order toy accurate hands.

    A series of hands for ROTF leader Optimus Prime figure. The toy accurate version
    was the first version I did, but as my technique improved I was able to make the hands
    more accurate and detailed. The original hands are still available, though.
    Additionally, I tried to implement a sort of folding mechanism for the knuckle version,
    inspired by the brass knuckles Optimus wielded in Dark of the Moon.

    Encline's youtube review here!
    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Movie leader Sentinel Prime hands

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    Order movie accurate hands.

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    Order a pair of evil hands. Order one evil hand (the right side).

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    Order toy accurate hands.

    A figure as regal as DOTM leader Sentinel Prime requires articulate,
    proud looking hands with a touch of a warrior.
    The earliest was the toy accurate version, with the backplate etchings
    the same as the stock hands. The other one was more movie accurate,
    dangerous looking with spikes on the backplate and fingers.
    Lastly, I also did an 'evil' version inspired by the claws of DOTM Megatron;
    you can order both or just the right side for your evil overlord customs.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Human Alliance Bumblebee hands

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    Order HA Bumblebee hands.

    A pair of hands for Human Alliance Bumblebee that requires no modding at all.
    They even preserve the right arm cannon feature that the figure has. Read the
    Radicon thread for assembly instructions.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Movie leader Ironhide hands

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    Order Ironhide hands.

    A pair of hands for DOTM leader Ironhide.
    Very movie accurate, posable and works both in bot and alt modes.
    Requires some customizing experience to install.
    Visit the Radicon thread for more information.

    Radicon thread here.
    Flickr gallery here.



    Movie Starscream Add-ons

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    Order leader class hands.

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    Order voyager hands and weaponry set

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    Order deluxe jetpack weaponry set

    There are a few designs I did for movie Starscream figures of different sizes.
    There is a hand design for the leader class, a hands and weaponry accessory set
    for the ROTF voyager, and a jet pack weapon set for the deluxe version.

    Radicon thread for leader class hands here.
    Radicon thread for voyager set here.
    Flickr gallery here.



     

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  2. exclusacon

    exclusacon Expert with the Scopes!

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    nice. is there a link to your store?
     
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    very nice, cant wait to see more...
     
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    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    Stop stealing our customers, dammit. The recent influx of people trying to jump on this bandwagon....argh....:( 

    :lol  anyways, nice job, but how big and how much? Also, 2mm diameter ball joints? Good luck with that, they better not have any shaft at all of that'll snap quite easily.
     
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    Those are cool designs. Looking forward to getting them printed. :) 

    With an attitude like that, you should reconsider why you make models. New people joining in on the Shapeways revolution is great, because it should push you and others as a modeler/artist/customizer to become even better. :)  Ultimately, you should have fun in making and sharing you work in this fandom. That is what will make us grow.
     
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    Thanks for all your support, guys. I'll update this thread the instant I get the results from SW.

    It's Ariel's Customs on Shapeways, but there's nothing on it yet. Apologies.

    Hey Treadshot! I'm glad to see your comment and look to your advice.

    Well, I maybe stealing customers (or not) :lol  but I believe having a lot of players in the industry leads to better choices for the buyers and healthy business growth in general. Also, I like to see artists in constant friendly struggles, it's the easiest way to improve ourselves. Besides, I have the skills, so why not put it to use?

    That being said, these Thuggers are really tiny. They stand approximately 4cm tall (1.6") minus the back cannons. This is a sacrifice I have to make to allow them to fit into the chest cavity without relying on mods to Soundwave himself.

    The 2mm dia. ball joints is surely an area of doubt and I want to explore the feasibility when the first print arrives. I had done a preliminary test print of ball joints of different sizes, and the 2mm ones *could* work with proper stem and socket design. A touch of super glue coating helps a lot too, but I hope buyers won't have to resort to that.

    In terms of costs, total WSF material costs about $5++. I like transparency in pricing, but I would like to make some profit from this as well, so I'll openly state I'll charge (maybe?) $6 per figure if they ever come to print.
     
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    Peace guys :) 

    But V, that was well-written and thanks for that! You said everything I've wanted to say and more. Cheers!
     
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    care to tell the programs you are using, because this looks outstanding!
     
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    I really like the look of these! Good work. can't wait til their available.
     
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    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    I have tested a Fremble set for Soundwave, and a Reject set. Fremble, with 4mm ball joints, is durable as hell. Reject, with 2mm ball joints, is utterly scary to work with. It's so fragile due to 2mm ball joints needing 1mm shafts, which are really easy to snap. I would say go with something along the lines of 4mm ball joints, as they seem much better for durability's sake.

    I'm printing my Reject and Fremble molds each for...$6 iirc. I wouldn't go much higher than that, but that just me. Still, good luck.

    And V, relax, I was being sarcastic. :) 
     
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    Nice work! Loving the WFC style. Any chance of some altmode pics?
     
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    Hooper_X hi haters

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    Oh damn.

    Bar=raised.

    Those are niiiice.
     
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    Funny, because I luuurve your wallet long time :lol 
    Kidding, in fact, I'm trying to make them as cheap as possible so that people can fulfill their dream of having thug armies marching across their desks...

    Thanks man. I'm using Rhino3D, pretty good for NURBS modelling as well as low poly stuff.

    Thanks!

    I looked over my meshes again and I'm glad to report most of the structural joints (such as the legs) use 3mm balls with 2 mm stems, and the smaller joints are 2.5mm balls with 2mm stems. Slightly larger than what I originally claimed. The only dicey part will be the neck joint which is 2mm; in the end I may have to remove head posability, who knows?

    Thanks for the tip!

    Here you go:
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    Thanks dude! The bar being raised in always a good sign. I love progress!
     
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    now make a Soundwave to go with them :D 
     
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    oh wow. that's gonna be great filler for soundwave's boobs :D 

    dunno if all that detail will print though. i think someone made a similar type of thing before but they turned out so teensy that all the lovely greebles went to waste.

    not-quite-edit : yup, here we go
    designed for the same mold and everything, and shapeways got the general form alright, but the little things look a bit ill defined.

    actual-edit: oh wait. are these for G1 soundwave or WFC soundwave? my brain is screaming to me that it's wfc because of the alt mode orientation, but now that i check again i don't see any mention of that >__>
     

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