Minor/Repaint: My first articulating custom.

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  1. turboedguy

    turboedguy minibotologist

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    So I had a reissue G1 Thundercracker laying around, and decided to try to get him a little more poseable. Ive done lots many repaints, but never really messed with the mechanics, so this is my first.

    I made his fists, and hips swivel and pivot on balljoints, and also made his knees bend. I also changed the way the nosecone is positioned when in robot mode, and customized a G1 silverbolt head to look more like the cartoon Thundercracker.
     

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  2. red00wolf

    red00wolf insatiable collector

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    I like it.
     
  3. Pun-3X

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    That's impressive! That's damn spiffy. It was cool that he already had the swinging shoulder joints, but like a lot of G1 molds, that was about all. The added leg articulation really adds to what's already there, plus the movement in the fists. And the new head works great.

    I'm always a stickler for having the wings be on his back behind the shoulders like in the cartoon, but there's only so much one can do. I definitely like what you've done here. :) 
     
  4. Boy who screams

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    Cool. The only thing I could think to give him are some articulated elbows!
     
  5. turboedguy

    turboedguy minibotologist

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    Thanks, I am actually working on a removable mount to relocate his wings up higher, to look more cartoonish.:wink: 
     
  6. timshinn73

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    Excellent modifications.
     
  7. EvaUnit13

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    If G1 had this articulation we'd have transforming Revoltechs by now, good job
     
  8. SMOG

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    Know what I really like about this? There's something about the original toy proportions, combined with that basic, slightly awkward posing ability the new joints give him, that totally reminds me of the original G1 box art!

    See here for examples.

    And that's a good thing. Very nostalgic. :) 

    Good job. Very clean work!

    zmog
     
  9. Superquad7

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    First of all, welcome Radicon turboedguy! I hope we see much more from you. I'd have to say you're off to a great start in Radicons with this piece here. I've always wanted articulated G1 Seekers, and you're well on your way. The mechanical modifications you've given TC all look really great and it's nice how that the G1 aesthetic is still kept (i.e., you didn't make the mods too excessive to where it looks like a "modern" toy; he still looks very much 80's, which is cool).

    I hope you can make this same modification with the rest of the Seekers. Then post em here (along with more of your work)!

    Keep em comin' man! :thumb 
     
  10. Rijie78

    Rijie78 Vinyl junkie.

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    Huge improvement, great job! With the new head, it's like a different toy.

    Had you considered elbow joints, and trying to extend the upper legs slightly as well, or would that be more trouble than it's worth on this figure?
     
  11. D-Unit

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    Good stuff man, really creative. I would have liked to have this toy A LOT MORE than the one we all got when I was 6 years old
     
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    Cool! First G1 articulated seeker I see! It's very well done and as Smog pointed out, it looks alot like the boxart proportions. The modified head looks spot-on! Congrats!
    :) 
     
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    If you made a starscream this way, I would take it off your hands for 50 bucks. No joke.
     
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    Awesome - Hasbro, sign him up!
     
  15. REDLINE

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    very very nice. Welcome aboard. I hope you plan to show off all those "many repaints" you mentioned in your first post.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, are his fists now integrated into the transformation, or are they still "pop-on" accessories? It occurs to me that with the new jointing on the forearms, they might be made to fold underneath in jet mode.

    zmog
     
  17. turboedguy

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    Thanks fo all your comments, and im planning to do the other two seekers very soon.:) 



    Actually the legs do extend in robot mode about 3/16 of an inch. It was nessesary for the articulation.
     
  18. turboedguy

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    They still "pop-on" similar the G1. I had to drill the front of the forearms to receive the pocket part of the balljoint.
     
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    First of all,thats some EXCELLENT customizing and second,could you please post how you did it?Thanx!
     
  20. Ramrider

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    That's really impressive stuff. I totally agree with Squad - I like the way you've improved on the posing power of the G1 fig without trying to turn it into a Classic. It may not have the same level of action figure articulation that Classics do, but now it can display well without looking stiff.
    The built-up face works really well, and you've done the whole thing without compromising the vehicle mode at all.

    Sweet. :D 
     

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