Minor/Repaint: HFTD Sideswipe with Blades

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  1. Taichi

    Taichi Sideswipe fan...

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    Well, here's my newly customized HFTD Sideswipe. He is the American release, so he did have the flames. All parts were taken apart... to the best of my ability, sprayed with Testors Diamond Dust Lacquer, dry brushed on the legs, arms and guns, enamel Gold on the springs and wiring, enamel Silver on the rims, enamel black on half the emblem and grill, enamel Red on the tail lights and the other half of the emblem, and ALL that sprayed with Testors Dull Cote.

    Now to the fun part... the blades! After seeing someone post the artwork on this site, I knew I had to do this. Afterall, this, IMHO, is the best version of Sideswipe, and he just didn't look the same without the blades. So, I made 'em.

    To start off with, here's how I did it. I work as a Graphic Designer and Accounts Specialist at a sign shop here in Joplin, MO. I have at my disposal a ton of different materials and when it mentioned styrene in the post... well, that's a product easy for me to get. So I went to the back found a small piece, re-drew the artwork in Illustrator and submitted to the Laser Engraver I have here. Then I used the laser to cut out the shapes, glued them together and viola blades!

    The only issue I had was what to do for the peg. I didn't want to drill into the hands, personal preference, so I went searching for something that would work. I ended up getting into my wife's hair ties and she had these really small, black rubber bands, so I snagged 2 and glued them on, and they worked perfectly.

    So there you have it on that.

    Now to Sideswipe himself. He is completely transformable, but I ran out of battery power for my camera, so I only got 'bot mode. Here's the kicker though... I have 2 of these, so this one will never transform. Reason is, as most of you know, the cavity for his head causes some wear on his forehead when transforming... I don't want that to happen, plus with 2 I'm working on a really neat display for him.

    Let me know what you think!



    Sideswipe001.jpg Sideswipe002.jpg Sideswipe003.jpg
     
  2. Fiskone

    Fiskone Aerosol Artist

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    Looks great, I love the blades instead of the rubber bands couldnt you figure out a way to use rare earth magnets they come small enough, and you should be able to find a place to place them on te arms/ hands that wouldn't look too noticeable. Keep up the good work I really like all those little gold accents really makes him pop.
     
  3. Taichi

    Taichi Sideswipe fan...

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    Thanks... actually I've thought about the magnets... and that'll end up being the way I'll go when the bands break... the cool thing is, they're black bands, so they don't stick out, you really have to look to see that's how they're attached. But to make him more accurate, yeah, magnets would be the way to go.
     
  4. legolas grof

    legolas grof Cardboard Industries CEO

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    WOW! thats tight! nice work dude!
     
  5. cnomis

    cnomis Well-Known Member

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    hoping ur battery go alive soon, so that we could see more, like details & alt mode. personally, i would like to see my car with glossy surface. is that possible to make it like real car with the Testors Glossy Cote spray?
     
  6. closetrat

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    Any chance you could take some measurements of these, so the rest of us could try our hand?
     
  7. ThinkTank Customs

    ThinkTank Customs TFW2005-Citizen

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    awesone! pls upload to shapeways :drool: 
     
  8. Ceric Neesh

    Ceric Neesh Well-Known Member

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    He looks positively beautiful, great work. My only suggestion would be taking him apart again and doing a glosscoat on all of the car parts (and car-colored parts, such as his thighs and head). I'm actually working on doing the exact same thing as you, except I'll probably strip the paint off first and paint the windows gloss black.
     
  9. wirth

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    hey that's a nice blade..I am also doing the same thing as you doing, but i still crafting the blades..thx for your sharing..nice paint too..
     
  10. harrismonkey

    harrismonkey Well-Known Member

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    This deserves a bump.

    Very nice!

    I also love that you transformed the feet properly (no one does that).

    Fantastic work!!!
     

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