Heavy/Scratch: Legend class beachcomber

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  1. maxikumike

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    Hi guys. I want to show you my first custom....

    I´ve found some KO legend figures in a flea market that came in pack of 20, most of them pretty lame but beachcomber figures were quite nice. The quality of the plastic is very good and the joint really tight as you would expect from original figures.

    The first thing I didn´t like were the arms, all stiff and with the roll cage attached to them, and with the rear wheel way to far to the front in robot mode. I know, this are legend figures, but I think it has some potencial.

    To begin with the job I cut off the roll cage and saved for later and added a really basic elbow joint. Then, cut the wheel support and made a new one, with a mechanism that allows the wheel to move only a few millimeters backwards, which gives him a better look.

    This is what I got so far. I´m planing os improve the elbow joint with a ball join so it can swivel at the bicep. Also I, thinking of a way to hide the front wheels inside the leg, and to accommodate the roll cage in the back in robot mode. Still a lot of work to do, but I think it´s coming allong nice. Of course all criticism is welcome. Just remember I´m a newbe :D 

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    This looks pretty cool. :thumb 
     
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    Looking good so far.
    And I'm also interested on seeing how it will end:thumb 
     
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    Outstanding job so far, looking forward to progress on this!
     
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    Awesomely done...look forward to this being finish....
     
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    Nice work
     
  7. maxikumike

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    Hello guys, time for an update

    I cut off the door panels, closed the forearm with some styrene, and made a foldable shield from the removed panel

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    Also drilled the hand so now he can hold the gun, which is the one that came whit the figure but cutted from the spare wheell.
     

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    Here is the picture of him holding the gun. sorry for the bad picures.....:( 

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    Great work so far; I'm impressed by the precise styrene work here! Looks like you'll have a MP Beachcomber by the time you're done, and without the hefty pricetag. (though you pay in terms of hours of work instead - still, it's more fun!)
     
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    Thank you all for your words. I do enjoy scratch building.... Even after all the work and a few stitches I love to see how the little pieces come together.
     
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    Hi guys time for an update

    Elbow joints are done, just minor clean up and some embellishment but I´m happy with the mechanism.

    Pics

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    Drilled a hole in the shoulder block to insert the bicep

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    Then I cut the lower portion of the elbow joint to the appropiate lenght and mount it on the forearm. This is how it looks all together

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    Holding the gun

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    It doesn´t show very well in the pictures, but because of the way the arm is built he now has double jointed elbow!! Totally accidental!! But a happy accident!!;) ;) 

    And this is a shot of the arm mechanism configuration in vehicle mode

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    I won´t be doing any work on this little guy until next week, a lot on things to do at home.

    See you next update
     
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    Wow, that is incredible. Totally in awe of your skills!
     
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    Looks neat. I'd totally buy one of these.
     
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    MADD skills, dude! Seriously, too cool!
     
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    Looking great so far. The finished bot is gonna look awesome!
     
  16. maxikumike

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    Hi guys quick update. Not to much time to work on this.
    Already has ball jointed head, swivel at the waist, arms are allmost done.... Still a lot of work to do.
    Tomorrow will post pictures of this last weeks wip. For now just a quick look of how it's coming along...

    As allways, C&C are welcome
     

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    Nice teaser! And I hate being teased..
     
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    Hello guys, here are the wip pictures.

    First I cut off the head IMG_20170415_165744.jpg


    Then added a 3mm ball to the central post and the corresponding socket inside the head, after being hollowed out (sorry, forgot to take pics of that :confused: )

    Next, I cut the central post at the waist, filled both halves with epoxi and drilled a 3mm hole when cured. Later glued a styrene rod and cut to the appropiate lenght.

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    To prevent the post from sliding out of the hole, I dremel a channel at the lower part of said hole. It doesn´t shows very well in the pic, I only have my phone camera...I should get a better one..

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    Then a heated the tip of the post with a lighter and pressed it against a steel ruler to create a lip that will slot inside the channel. This is how it looks like...

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    It fits quite snug inside there

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    And this is how it looks all together ( Here you can also see the ball for the head )
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    Now this little bot has some really natural posture

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    This is what I got so far. Next will be the roll cage, for that I have something G1 like in mind. Till next time
     
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    Update time...

    Got the basic structure of the roll cage...Still some clean up to do.
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    What I have to figure out now is what to do with the shoulders because now they hit with the roll cage. I was thinking of cutting the back side of the shoulders and attach'em to the roll cage hinge so they don't get in the way for the shoulders to move freelly...

    Also fill up the back of the head to give it a more accurate look, still a wip. I had to shave some of the back torso to give room for the head to slide in.

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    That is all for now... see you next time...
     
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