Heavy/Scratch: Movie-accurate Optimus Prime 80% finished.

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  1. OptimusPrimal13

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    Here are the the most recent pics of my WIP Movieaccurate Optimus Prime.

    The things I did so far:

    I swapped his elbows.
    Repainting all of the metalicsilver botparts.
    Build articulating hands by using LEGO Bionicle ball-joints.
    I made new exhaust-pipes by using aluminum-pipes. Large ones foor the truckmode and small ones for the botmode.
    I added flames on his fore-arms, the hood and on his inner-legs by using Reprolabels. I gave the labels a washing. I also painted flames on his upper-arms freehand.
    I gave Optimus Prime a ball-joint in his neck. His head is now articulating.
    The ball-joints are from the brand Yellow Sub, bought on the internetshop HobbyLink Japan.
    I also made his head more movieaccurate as you can see.

    So, what do you all think of this so far?
     

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  2. decor1

    decor1 Hey, take it easy!

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    That's awesome! That's much better than the job I did on my leader prime. I liked the weathered look on your reprolabels stickers. I added the stickers to mine, too. Good work.
     
  3. OptimusPrimal13

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    Thank you very much. :thumb 
     
  4. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

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    You know I really like your work! You already have all my notes on email.

    Looks seriously cool! and only 80% I wonder what's left to do ;) 

    iDD
     
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    Tekkaman Blade Professor of Animation

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    Could you tell us how you added the ball joint? I would love to have one so i could switch heads.
     
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    Anti Spark It'S DUB Or Nothing!

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    Amazing work!
     
  7. OptimusPrimal13

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    I just cut of his head with an exacto-knife and leaved the turning part in the chest. Then I cutoff the wiring of the LED and pushed the rest of the wiring in the chest-hole. The next step I took was to put an aluminum-pipe in to the hole and I glued it with superglue. The outer-diameter of the pipe is almost the same of the hole were I put it in. The ball-joint I used is from the brand Yellow Sub wich you can buy at HobbyLink Japan Home Page (HobbyLink Japan) and I used the biggest ball-joint (8 mm). The head itself is completely hollow and is build up in 4 pieces (the back of his head, fore-head, nose/mouthpiece and lightpiping), so you have to use the biggest one. The inner-diameter of the alu-pipe is the same as the outer-diameter of the ball-jointpin, so it can put in straight on. The pipe itself stucks 5 or 6 mm out of the chest. I wanted the head stay in place when transforming. It still can. But watch it when you transform him back in botmode, the head will be ejected when you pull down the lever to pop-up his head. I also added some movieaccurate details underneath his head to cover-up the space between his head and the chest. It doesn't infect the articulation.

    I added some pictures to complete my answer.
     

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    Well, there are a couple of things I want to do, such as his gun with the belt, give him some washings and highlights, adding some movieaccurate details and some minor battle-damage to make him more realistic. Still I'm working with the motto "LESS GIVES MORE". I dont want to get it overdone.
     
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    Only 80% finished? Wow. This looks like it's completed. Good job.
     
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    mampy Movie-Accurate Mampy

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    great job dude!
     
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    Rijie78 Vinyl junkie.

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    Looks awesome! The figure itself may not be accurate to the design, but it is a killer Prime toy, and you've fixed a number of the major issues with it - the paintjob, the lack of articulated hands and head. Should have been like this out the box. Really well done, great attention to detail.
     
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    Thanks for the complements. :thumbs2: 
     
  13. OptimusPrimal13

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    Thank you. That's a great complement. :thumbs2: 
     
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    This is probably one of the best OP customs ive seen. May i ask what scale was the truck kit that you took the side mirrors from?

    Im making a movie accurate OP so this is a real inspiration to me. I might go ahead and add a ball jointed neck and articulate hands as well as long as thats ok with you?
     
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    Vengecore decepti-jerk

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    I recently decided to dress up the leader OP I got for my Birthday 2 years ago. Maybe I'm just excited for TF2. But anyways, yours looks great! I think the reprolabels give it the complete, professional look. I like your mirrors too!

    The big question for you (I've been pondering it myself) what are you going to do about his sword? I have been running around looking for clear orange plastic protractors, rulers or anything I can cut up an paint to look like the one in the film.
     
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    FireShot Autobot Recon Team

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    Hey, great job on the work done so far!
    I just picked up a Premium Series Prime and I like what you have done so far, especially the articulation of hands and head.
    Any extra info on how you did the hands?

    Keep up the great work! :) 
     
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    You might be better off posting an add in the junk pit asking for a premium prime sword.
     
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    Vengecore decepti-jerk

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    are people really parting them off their Premium OPs?
     
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    Ya never know. Cant hurt to ask?
     
  20. OptimusPrimal13

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    The scale I used for the mirrors are 1/24 metrical scale. It's a kit from the brand Italeri and comes with a lot of other parts just to pimp your truckmodel.

    It's OK with me when you want to do your own Prime. I'm flattered when people get inspired to do their Prime this way. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask them. I'll answer them.

    The sword will be probably be build the way as Jin Saotome did. With magnets or something like that.

    I have extra info on how I did the hands. You can use this link for the tutorial I did on building this hands.

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radic...e-hands-movie-leader-class-optimus-prime.html

    In general, I'm flattered with all your comments.
     

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