Minor/Repaint: Gears (and Hoist too)

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  1. Ramrider

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    This started life as a Movie Longarm, which was originally going to be repainted into Hoist, until Hasbro did it officially and I figured it'd be easier to just get that.
    I eventually decided he'd make a good Gears; the face isn't too far off that of his G1 toy, and with a little work, I figured I could ditch the towhook and replace it with a straight flatbed.

    So here he is. He's pretty much stock, but I made a full flatbed by making a section to fill the gap with styrene. Because I couldn't get diamondplate styrene with the same tread as the existing fig, I sanded all that down, and made new pieces from a fresh sheet of diamondplate styrene. The two shoulder flaps I glued together into a single panel, and used a hinge made from styrene tubing to attach the new scratchbuilt part of the bed, so that it folds down onto his back in robot mode.
    I also built a tailgate from layered bits of styrene and attached that to the rear bumper.

    Hoist's pretty much just here for comparison to the base model, but has had a few paint tweaks; I've repainted most of his grey into silver, and added green to his arms to better reflect his G1 form. I got rid of the insignia on his roof and replaced it with a rubsign and put an Autobot Reprolabel on his shoulder for 'bot mode. Plus I deliberately mistransformed his hook; sure, it's nice he's got a big missile launcher, but I think some kind of scanner is more suited to his personality, so I found an extra mode for his weapon. :p 

    There are still some touchups I want to do; some inside bits that need painting, and some neatening up, maybe even a little extra detailing on the tailgate. I'd also quite like to give Gears some kind of gun, since he's now got quite a bit of storage space under his flatbed; new hands are also a possibility.
    But I thought I'd throw it out here for CC&I (Comments, Crits and Ideas) before I finished it off and shot a gallery.
    Enjoy!
     

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  2. Jolt Customs

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    COOL! i really like it
     
  3. strata32000

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    Good idea for this figure.
    Can you make a Grapple one as well?
     
  4. Ramrider

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    Thanks, guys!

    Hmm... personally there's not really anything about this mould that makes me think of Grapple. A tow-truck only really works for a mechanic, which he isn't, and the pick-up makes me think of gruntwork; someone who does all the fetching and carrying (like Gears), or is otherwise a hands-on, blue-collar kind of mech. The robot mode doesn't really have any visual cues that match him either.
    And of course, he's got a new fig coming out very soon anyway, which looks quite a lot like him. :p 

    I s'pose anything's possible, though. What made you think of Grapple, specfically?
     
  5. D-Unit

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    That works pretty well as Gears, nice job. Very original
     
  6. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    I think this works really well :thumb 
     
  7. strata32000

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    Well I would just like to see the mold in yellow and Grapple was the first Autobot to come to mind.
     
  8. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    very very well done.
     

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