Heavy/Scratch: RID GRAPPLE - Finally done!

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  1. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Several months ago, Chaos Muffin noticed a weird-looking fellow standing next to my Cybertron Downshift and asked about him. Well, that Autobot was

    R.I.D. Grapple!

    ...and he's finally done. I had been procrastinating for months (i.e., "doing school work") and kept avoiding putting the decals on him. But, with decals applied and glosscoat glossed, I'd say he's finished.

    Some notes on this guy:

    I used to work at Dulles Airport and drove around in airport service trucks an awful lot. I always thought it'd be cool to do a transformer that resembled the trucks I used at work. It's kind of a shame that I finished him after I left the job, but I'll be sending these pics to my old pals from the electric shop as well.

    Faithful to an multi-purpose electrical shop truck, Grapple's alt mode has all of the following:
    1. automated grapple hook (a must, both because of his name and because it's feature on most service trucks)
    2. Red warning lights AND a white airport operations beacon light
    3. A shovel (essential for digging up damaged lines)
    4. A hot stick holder (the white tube, where "hot sticks" - grabber claws used to turn off high-voltage transformers - are kept)
    5. A ladder (human sized, effective for disguise. )

    ROBOT MODE:
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  2. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    VEHICLE MODE:
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    ha! i like the alt mode, despite the clunkiness. good job, opsie!
     
  4. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    that's pretty darned sweet! what did you use for the shell, or is that all custom made? The grapple looks like armorhide's gun for a base? nice man nice.

    Andy
     
  5. llamatron

    llamatron OFFICIAL MMC REP TFW2005 Supporter

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    Isn't it Strongarm's axe?

    Niiiiice work.
     
  6. Renidragon

    Renidragon Toys on my table!

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    Good job! I question the appropriateness of X-Brawn as your base... I don't think that he makes the best grapple... but what you did with him strikes me as turning him into the best grapple you could get out of him! That's just the boy mode though...

    The alt mode is spectabulous.
     
  7. Belgrath

    Belgrath Boom! Nutshot!

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    Simply awesome, Ops_was_a_truck.
     
  8. Bahamut Prime

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    Not exactly the best looking custom but hey, looks decent enough. Nice work.
     
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    I really like it I work at dayton international airport as a aircraft rescue firefighter and paramedic and I think it is just plain awesome I love it.
     
  10. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    The shell is all made from scratch using styrene and modeling putty to fill in the gaps. I'm trying to find an alternative to the Testors orange putty I use for filling in seams; it's great on model kits (which are static and don't need to be transformed) but it's horrible for the Transformers because it begins to disintegrate over time.

    The gun is, indeed, Energon Strongarm's axe. I liked it so much I stole it from him. :D  I added the step-down bar from RID X-Brawn so Grapple would have something to hold. It's a smidge awkward, though, because Grapple can't actually hold his gun by the trigger/handle.
     
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    I was amazed at the alt mode (I was expecting X-Brawn painted over).
    He looks great and fun. I want to play!
     
  12. DWN013

    DWN013 Holy crap in a pita!

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    Awesome work Ops. I must ask: is his right gun-hand supposed to be anything in vehicle mode?
     
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    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Actually, yeah...it's supposed to be similar to Grapple & Inferno's "missile" hand. It actually fires the missile, too, just like old skool Grapple. ;) 
     
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    I have to apologize myself because when I clicked on the link, I was expecting the same thing (not that a RiD repaint wouldn't rock but . . . )! Thank you for pleasantly surprising me! Good work!

    I must say that this is a very ambitious piece! Reshelling is hard enough as is, and you even took it down a scale further. Reminds me of the Steelskin days . . .

    Again, good work!
     
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    Great work!
     
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    DWN013 Holy crap in a pita!

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    :confused: 

    I understand its function in robot mode perfectly... (nice BTW, I think there haven't been enough guys w/ gun-hands recently) But I was asking what the missile's function was in vehicle mode... I mean its just sitting on top of the roof... thought maybe it was supposed to be something the airport trucks have...
     
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    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    I dunno, uh...world's thickest antenna? :D 
     
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    Very nice. Are those custom-made faction insignia? At first I thought Grap had gone over to the Constructicons again, but then I noticed the 'bar' was a wrench.

    I like the choice of vehicle mode, and the authentic details you added...I didn't know the plastic tube held 'hot sticks' on such trucks. How about a vise bolted to his back bumper?

    How about a bit of backstory explaining how he and his buddy Hoist (Spychanger version) got reformatted into such similar-looking forms?
     
  19. KA

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    yeah! profile pls.

    make him underachieving engineer who ended up as aerialbots ground crew. takes out repression at baggage mover, thus resulting in complaints of lost luggage.

    mawsum.
     
  20. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Hah! I like that a lot. :) 
     

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