Masterpiece Decepticon Diorama

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  1. frenzyrumble

    frenzyrumble Banned

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    More hours, sweat, blood and tears went into this project... than any other of my customs. The holy grail of details. Each figure in this diorama is carefully depicted in the following threads :

    Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, and Laserbeak
    Masterpiece Soundwave (Minions : Frenzy/Rumble/Laserbeak/Ravage) - ProCustomizers Boards

    MP Soundwave

    Masterpiece Soundwave - ProCustomizers Boards

    MP Starscream
    Masterpiece Starscream - ProCustomizers Boards

    Reflector
    Reflector (drone) - ProCustomizers Boards

    Megatron and throne

    Masterpiece Megatron (w/ throne) and Laserbeak - ProCustomizers Boards

    I don't even know where to start with this project's description. Client wanted a display / diorama to fit on his shelf. So, with the diorama/display - I started with igear's Ark playset/base (not the greatest engineered piece by a long shot) hacked the hell out of, custom built floor, added sections (some even scratch-built) of console, custom walls, etc. Went to town for several days on the details, every single frikin button is painted, and was then coated with several layers of gloss to create an embossed button look. Monitors/screens illuminate and were reverse printed on clear plexi, and backlit, painted with translucent white.

    Specs/Details of diorama (see threads above for characters)
    - Scratch built light up energon cubes
    - Custom built energon hose with flickering effect LED mimicking flowing energon
    - Embossed faction symbols
    - 3 illuminated monitors
    - 7 illuminated screens
    - "transforming" MP Soundwave (from WST on console, to mid-transformation G1 sized Soundwave, to robot mode (MP Soundwave)
    - Electro-luminescent lines on base's floor
    - Various LEDs all over
    - Dimensions : 30" wide x 14" deep x 14" tall(76.2 cm x 35.56 cm x 35.56 cm)
    - Display include plexi/acrylic cover (not shown)
    - Characters are fused to the base. Most retain articulation, but all feet are fused to the base's floor.
    All component with LEDs all stream to a main control / circuit board. Big Hank (master of electronics) actually took a flight up to my shop Easter weekend to wire this all up. There are roughly 100 wires going to the circuit board. The diorama's lights are toggled by 3 small switches on the left side of the piece. 1 switch for the floor panel lights (x5) 1 switch for the monitors, 1 switch for all the characters. Most components all have proper resistors installed in their wiring as well (helps dim the brightness, and control the flow of the power) Diorama's light are powered by a 3 volt wall adapter!

    In addition, you might notice that Laserbeak, Ravage, Frenzy and Rumble all have working LED lights in their optic sensors. All done by Big Hank (amazingly impressive too) He used SMT lights in them, each light measuring about 1mm - 2mm in size!

    This diorama was difficult to photograph (because of the size, lighting, etc) yet, the entire gallery can be seen : Masterpiece Decepticon Diorama - a set on Flickr

    Here's a blurry video of the project :
    YouTube - MASTERPIECE DECEPTICON DIORAMA

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  2. benclark1982

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    Wow just wow. The time and effort that you put into this makes this truely a masterpiece that i think will be a benchmark for every one to try to aspire to. Only one question about this, how will you top this?
     
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    that is epic
     
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    Amazing.
     
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    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..........aweeeeeeeeeeeesooooooooooome!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    The Autobot version!

    Most epic custom ever. The work put into this is mind boggling.
     
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    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    This is just AWESOME! Love how small Frenzy and Rumble are in this set.
     
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    I'm speechless! You, my friend, are a TRUE artist! :D 
     
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    AWESOME! in every level possible.
     
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    Wow Mike, this is on another Level man, this is perfect! setting the bar on this one.
     
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    i can't even fathom how much a commission like this must have costed, but it seems like whatever that # is, it will have been worth it.
     
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    This is a beautiful thing, all around--looks like a shitload of work, but every bit worth it! I particularly love the Soundwave transformation phases and Energon pouring, very well thought-out diorama, so much going on there!
     
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    As said on the other site JAW DROPPING! Epic man, great work!
     
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    Holy High-price!
     
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    My favorite part is reflector filling the cube - just epic overall!
     
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    Soundwave "mass shifting" was done perfectly. I also really like the pouring enrgon into the cubes. hell, I love everything about this, but those details saynd out to me.

    Beautiful work man.

    Randy!
     
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    This is truly a masterpiece, it brought back great memories of myself as a child rushing home after school to lay in font of the tv & catch the latest episode of Transformers... Thank you
     
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    WTF...a truly epic piece. The details and work put into this diorama is mind boggling. A beautiful piece.
     
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    My favorite bit is seeing Soundwave transform. My only complaint is that the Reflector trio is about half the size I would expect but compared to what you did do, that's just nit picking. Well done Sir! You have my permission to take tomorrow off if you wish.
     
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