Minor/Repaint: MTMTE Crankcase from CW Hound

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  1. Ottertron

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    First attempt at a repaint and minor custom here - turning Combiner Wars Hound into something approximating Crankcase, as seen in IDW's More Than Meets The Eye comic.

    First job is to take Hound apart and repaint him. I'm using a Tamiya blue that goes on very nicely indeed, but I'm already thinking it may be a bit dark, so I'll be repainting chest, forearms and parts of the legs and feet in a lighter blue, with elbows, knees etc being painted dark grey.

    I'll be adding fake wheels to his shoulders for aesthetic purposes, switching his roof canopy out for a solid roof that will double as his weapons backpack and finally, of course, adding a Shapeways head.

    I'll keep updating here to document the process, mainly to show that if a cackhanded oaf like me can make a half-decent custom job then what's to stop anyone else having a go?
     
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    Oh, next projects after this will be fellow Scavengers Spinister, Fulcrum and Flywheels (RIP), MTMTE-ish Ratchet, Red Alert and Dethsaurus, Tarn and maybe an IDW Metalhawk.
     
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    Really excited to see how you get on. (I know right? me interested in Crankcase)
     
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    I think it will turn out okay considering my meagre skills at present. It's a mostly cosmetic job so it should be hard to mess up too badly....although having said that, he's definitely too dark so I just ordered a slightly lighter blue for his shins, arms and hands.
     
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    First coat has dried and I've put him back together to work on a solution for the roof as I don't much care for the frame-like one Hound comes with.....although I don't suppose it matters much as he'll be in 'bot mode most of the time.

    Did have an idea of how to solve the problem of Hound's side-of-chest wheel placement vs. Crankcase's shoulder wheels - I have spare wheels from the Springer I'm cannibalising for Spinister so I'll add fake shoulder wheels that will fold up on top of the vehicle. :D 
     
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    Interested to see how this turns out. Particularly because my CW Hound now has nothing to do thanks to the Universe version!
     
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    As far as I'm concerned, Universe Hound is the PERFECT deluxe size Hound. The main thing I don't like about the CW mold is all of the molded detail on him, it's not necessary.
     
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    I would have liked the CW version more if it was the nice olive color in the CG render and not the ugly forest green.
     
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    Hmphhhhh....interesting take on the look. I would have used generations scoop and cw blackjack
     
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    So, main layer is done. Once my new paint and soldering iron arrive I'll sort out the shoulder wheels and paint the lighter blue onto the shins, arms and chest.
     
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    Think I've solved the weapons backpack too - the combiner hand that comes with him and TR Scourge's gun pegged into it should work nicely. That just leaves the question of the roof to sort out.
     
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    You have an excellent point there with Scoop. I may attempt another take using him later.

    All of those unnecessary pipes and crevices on Hound's arms and legs are getting on my nerves so I'm ordering some styrene to make panels to possibly glue over them. It won't affect transformation at all and will tidy him up somewhat.
     
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    Good, I would've just gotten new arms or something.
     
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    Repainted using a more appropriate blue - you can see the difference when you compare the windshield to the other pieces. Stopped working for now until payday comes as I need a few bits so I can carry on.

    Need to get some small plastic eyelets - for the circle on his chest, and also for use on the chest and back of Fulcrum, whose arm you can see up top next to Ratchet's - get some sheets of styrene and order his head and some other parts from Shapeways.

    Also hit a wall on Ratchet and MTMTE Red Alert - the legs at the top belong to him - as my brushes aren't quite fine enough to do a decent job with fine detailing, so, again, I need to order some new ones on payday.
     
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    Well, all needed parts and materials ordered. Hope to resume work on this - and the others - early next week.
     
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    Cool! I used a CW Offroad for mine. Very interested to see how yours comes out! :) 
     
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    Who are you going to repaint for Deathsuras? Prime Predaking?
     
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