Heavy/Scratch: Grandus

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  1. GeoKaiser

    GeoKaiser Wardick Zeus

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    Here is my version of Grandus, finished literally just in time for Botcon. He is a character that has grown on me over the years, and I always wanted to make a BIG aircraft carrier kitbash. It is a bit of a shell former, but I made sure that all of the parts do fit onto him in both modes. I think it is fitting because he is truly MASSIVE. He displays better w/o all of the pieces (just like all the other base-formers!). Grandus placed 3rd in the 2012 Botcon Customs Contest (yes, FunPub printed the medal upside down!). Here is the 2nd place Galvatron by the way.

    He is made from Energon Omega Supreme, Cybertron Supreme Starscream and Primus, an aircraft carrier toy (same mold as the one now sold at TRU, but without the electronics), and a KO oversized Superion head I got in a junk lot a while back (happened to be perfect for Grandus!). It took some work to attain some symmetry with the arms and legs given that the Omega parts were asymmetrical. The knee joints were reworked to fit Starscream's legs, Omega parts were added to Starscream's feet to make them wider, an extra right Omega arm was put on back wards to become a left arm. He ends up being taller than Omega Supreme or Supreme Starscream. Thankfully, Omega happened to already have a clamp right hand. Tank treads from a PCC were attached to the shoulders. The aircraft carrier took considerable work to hollow out, cut into pieces, and put back together again with resin. The front of the deck becomes a shield that attaches to a modification on the left arm. The mid portion of the deck is attached to the Primus backpack. It splits apart (I saw another board member do this and couldn't think of a better way) and folds up with hinges and magnets to secure it. The back pack attaches to his back in robot mode with a hook and magnets. In carrier mode, it has to be turned around and attaches to the back of his legs with magnets. The hull and control tower pieces fit together with magnets and secure to both the deck pieces and Grandus' body via magnets. Grandus basically lays down on his chest and the hull parts fit on to him with magnets, the feet tuck into the hull, the forearms rotate around, and the hands clamp to hold the hull in place. The parts fit secure enough that they are self supporting when the carrier is lifted. I added a "wall" panel on the inside of his chest and some stickers I had to make it look like the interior of the base mode. The additional gun and mechanical arm attach via magnets.

    He is painted with an air brush and Krylon spray paints. I don't normally use spray paint cans, but the surface area was too much for an airbrush! I tried to match as much of Grandus' color scheme as possible with out compromising the aircraft carrier. The clamp hands and forearms are part sliver and turn to the outside for the carrier mode. I left a few red highlights on the carrier as homage to the original. The paint application helped attain some symmetry on the torso, I think. The whites, blues, and reds are metallic. The black parts are dry-brushed with gunmetal to give more detail.

    Robot Mode:
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    Alt Mode:
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    Base Mode:
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    WIP:
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    Vintage:
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  2. Strarf

    Strarf Toy Battles Reloaded TFW2005 Supporter

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    That is so awesome. I so want one.
     
  3. Unfall

    Unfall Shattered Glass

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    wow, this is incredible:bowdown: 
     
  4. jigs625

    jigs625 Autobot-TODA Operator

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    Friggin' epic... i would like to shake your hand
     
  5. Alloy Alchemist

    Alloy Alchemist Decepticon sympathizer

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    He might be a shellformer and he might have alot of kibble but he is pure win!!
     
  6. Satomiblood

    Satomiblood Prototype Black

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    Hot shit, that is awesome.
     
  7. autobot prowl

    autobot prowl Well-Known Member

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    Very well done!
     
  8. Algernon

    Algernon Radicon Acolyte

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    Awesome!!
     
  9. BScorpinok75

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  10. leobreaker1977

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    holy shit another amazing peice! this is bad ass!
     
  11. deliciouspeter

    deliciouspeter Back in Black TFW2005 Supporter

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    Epic!
     
  12. CodeXCDM

    CodeXCDM Well-Known Member

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    Saw this in a youtube video a while back... glad you posted a gallery now!

    That's crazy good. Turned a brick into a masterpiece.
     
  13. shinobi77

    shinobi77 Fatbastard

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    you suck dood......




    seriously though, pure win, I got that same aircraft carrier for one of my own projects that I'll never finish...*sigh*
     
  14. jcartwork

    jcartwork Well-Known Member

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    great concept
     
  15. D-Unit

    D-Unit #1 Heel

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    Stunning dude, it's amazing the amount of work you put into this
     
  16. Gryph

    Gryph Action Master

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    I thought this was awesome when I saw it in the customs contest photo gallery. I was shocked when that lego prime beat both this and that Galvatron. First place should have gone to one of you two. You guys were seriously screwed.
     
  17. SonOfNemesis

    SonOfNemesis Well-Known Member

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    That is awesome work!!
     
  18. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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  19. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    after seeing a plushie win the other year, i'm not surprised, great work though, i love it, the base mode is spot on, and he looks imposing, something the g1 figure never could do
     
  20. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    You should have won. That Lego Optimus Prime, while nice, wasn't really a custom figure. There was no "figure" to it. It was made from bricks.
     

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