Heavy/Scratch: G1-Style Voyager Optimus

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  1. Tom_Servo

    Tom_Servo Well-read chick magnet

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    This is one that I've been keeping to myself for a while now. I didn't want to show him until I was confident in the design I had the germ of this idea way back when I fist picked up my Classics Inferno at original retail, which as you know, is some time ago. I finally managed to scrounge up a junker to get going on this project.
    The crotch and thighs are from a Beast Machines Tankor. The head is an Armada Prime head.
    The brass hinges you see are all from the HOME DEPOT (a "big box" hardware store, for those not here in the States). They're called "middle hinges". They're typically a bit loose out of the package, but a few drops of Krazy glue worked into them and they can have an excellent firmness for transformations. The ball joints are from a wonderful little building set that I found in a Dollar Store.
    Glues used are, so far, Brush-On Krazy Glue and Zap-A-Gap for the tough spots. I used a bit of Quikplastic putty to get the ball joints in the ankles secured. It takes a while to dry, but it sticks to plastic really well.
    I've put a lot of work into this boy, but he still has a LONG way to go. I got the idea for how to do the trailer hitch/ shins from the Deluxe TF PRIME Optimus toy. Other random design elements have been pulled from various other Prime toys that are out there as well as my own ideas of how he should be. In the earlier pictures, you can see the evolution of how I planned to do the cab shell roughed out in paper. You can also see a size comparison with Inferno. He's taller now. I admit, his proportions have gone a bit "Tallgeese", but I think I can live with it.
    Please feel free to ask any questions about the design and building methods.
     

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  2. sideswipe88

    sideswipe88 Stig's Asian Cousin

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    I've been waiting for someone to do this:thumb 

    Just how I imagined it before paint
     
  3. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Very cool idea! I love it so far. Great work, can't wait to see it finished!
     
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    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    love it. can't wait for the finished product. i always love scratch builds like these.
     
  6. astig

    astig Optimus Prime's Driver

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    AWESOME. great work. can't wait to see this finished. :thumb 
     
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    This is pretty much what I want a new classics voyager OP to be. Great work.
     
  8. Bumblebee92

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    I'm kinda doing something like this yours might help you did a amazing job
     
  9. vidmouse

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    cab mode looks great, will be watching this one
     
  10. destrongerlupus

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    I always wanted to see someone good take a whack at this, so much the better that we have some one EXCELLENT nailing it!

    If it wasn't for FaithLeader, I'd be dying to lay hands on a build like this, it's SO much more in the spirit of G1 Prime than the Classics mold. (EITHER Classics mold, for that matter)
     
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    that is gonna be a perfect update to prime
     
  12. katch26

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    looks very interesting.....but with all the work you're doing makes me think the voyager legs would be easier.(just thinking out loud). Either way I love following your threads
     
  13. Satomiblood

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    Interesting.
     
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    As others have said I think this is more what classics Prime should have been. Looking great so far and I am waiting for the finally product.
     
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    Love this........want one!
     
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    Can't wait to see how it turns out.
     
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    Are there any plans with regards the rifle?
     
  18. vidmouse

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    On closer inspection, I see you're having the same issue I'm having w/ my voyager Optimus custom (not posted yet)... the head gap is just too narrow for most head and so you had to shave off the sides of Armada's noggin.

    How are you going to make the headlight panels fold in?

    Looking forward to the final sculpt!
     
  19. Tom_Servo

    Tom_Servo Well-read chick magnet

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    Thanks to everyone for your replies! I've been trying to get my act together on this one for months. The encouragement is a big help!

    I've been waiting for myself to do it! Let's hope I can finish it.
    Thank you so much guys!
    As you can tell by the fact that I'm doing this, I was never thrilled with the Classics mold. I don't even own the Classics OP, just the Ultra Magnus- mostly because I was lucky enough to find one and because he came with Skywarp.
    I'd be happy to field any questions you want to bounce off of me. I'm eager to see yours and compare notes.
    Thanks!
    You're too kind, as always DL.
    That would be nice, but as Donald Rumsfield used to say let's not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
    I'd hate to be anythig less.
    I'm a bit curious about that myself.
    You can't have him. I'll be lucky if I have him.
    Ditto.
    The Armada Prime's head wings are freaky wide, so they had to come off, but I'm hoping that a more G1 head with straight up and down points will fit in there more easily. It doesn't look like such a tight squeeze, but it really is.
    The headlight panels already swing in. They swing in tighter than I have them in the pics. I just didn't realize it until I fidgeted with him some more.
    He will have one, but I don't have a plan yet. I'll see if I can get it to store like the new MP-10's does, but I haven't really looked into it yet.
    Thinking out loud is what we're here for. Regarding the legs, I didn't use them for two reasons. 1- I don't have any, and 2- they'd be a tiny bit too small. I'm happy to have you following along.
    Thanks again everyone. I'll have more updates for you soon! I just built an all new grill, and I think I can repurpose Inferno's headlights.
     
  20. Traachon

    Traachon Metamorphing Dudicus

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    If there's one thing I don't like about this, it's those feet and how... separate they are from his legs.
    Now that that's out of the way, this looks awesome! Keep up the good work! :thumb 
     

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