ROTF Leader Jetfire Rebuild

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  1. tonysandlin

    tonysandlin Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone, I'm back with a new project!

    This time, I wish to tackle the monstrosity that is the Leader Jetfire. I've always loved the robot design and alt mode for Jetfire, but the Leader toy didn't do it any justice. Screen accuracy was sacrificed due to the electronics and combining gimmick for Optimus Prime. And since the FWI add-on has been out, this gimmick is mosty obsolete.

    So on a whim, I bought a 1:72 scale model of a Blackbird for cheap and began brainstorming ideas for a Jetfire mod.

    My plan is to extensively rework the transformation, removing the kibble, gimmicks and electronics, to give it a more screen accurate appearance. Of course, the end product will still transform. There will be minimal faux parts as I plan on cramming most of the robot into the actual plane.

    Here is the list of proposed improvements:

    - Remove virtually all jet kibble

    - integrate the leg into the fuselage

    - integrate the head into the cockpit

    - ball jointed head

    - eliminate as much robot kibble as possible from underside of jet

    - remove electronics

    - Remove combining gimmick

    Of course the biggest obstacle is hiding as much robot kibble as possible into the jet. Due to the extremely thin build of the jet, I will need to get creative. Additionally, ill need to create new joints and such, so I'll need to learn methods for that.

    This is a huge project, requiring different techniques and a reshell... something I'm not very experienced with. So I'm expecting some significant roadblocks - potentially some that may shelf the project permanently. So although I am eager and excited to work on this, I'm aware of the possibility that this project may eventually get scrapped.


    Anyway, hopefully this will be a success, but I am prepared to take a loss if it does not work out.


    Thanks for looking and stay tuned!

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    So glad someone with a bigger budget than me decided to tackle this blegh figure!
     
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  3. tonysandlin

    tonysandlin Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing this is going to take a while because I'll have to find cheap transformers for parts in order to rebuild the hinges and such. But I do have a plan for the arms and head and all the panels that hang off his back.
     
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    That's gonna be awesome. I'm so excited
     
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  5. Yohan PLMIXMB

    Yohan PLMIXMB Hi!

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    Cool! Waiting for more, how big will it be? 42 cm 50 cm?
    (please do not take pictures Mix drone vs Jetfire)
    Take this picture as an idea of the feet! (is from the early mixmaster model by kingstarscream9)
     

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    It will be the same size as the Leader since I'm using a scale model that is also the same size. I wish I could make it bigger so that it was in scale with MPM Prime, though.
     
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    Yohan PLMIXMB Hi!

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    Ok, I'm waiting!
     
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    I'm still wondering why no 3P tackled him yet. I LOVE this design. Will watch this!
     
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    If you can even make him not so damn gimpy looking, I'd consider it a massive improvement.

    You see the images above, which are fairly close to his movie design. How do you go from that to this? vv

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    I think it might have something to do with all the alt mode kibble. There is so much that needs be to fixed on this thing lol
     
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    An MPM Jetfire is an exciting idea, so I'm very interested in how this turns out. He was my favourite part of ROTF.
     
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    Does anyone have any tips on cutting plastic so it has clean lines? An Xacto Knife would take a long time but a rotary tool would great ugly cuts and would parts would not line up well. I'd like to get started splitting panels on the nose and neck of the plane, but am insure of how to begin.
     
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    Some sheers and wire cutters give decently straight lines.
     
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    Wouldn't that warp the plastic as you're cutting?
     
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    It can stress it a little, but it doesn't warp it if the blades are straight.
     
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    I'll test it on some spare parts, but I worry I'll damage it trying to cut rounded parts. Thanks for the tips!
     
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    Try using the backside (dull edge) of your exacto blade. It will "score" the plastic. Do this a few times and you will find you got through it quickly.

    Alternatively you can grab a jeweler's saw and some 42 tpi (teeth per inch) blades
     
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    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    Just a thought. Maybe pickup a robot replicas figure of Jetfire.
    While l doubt there is any isable parts due to the small size, it may be helpful to have a 3 dimensional model on hand to help you engineer out your thoughts.
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  19. tonysandlin

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    This is something I've considered. The leader's chest is too wide and ugly, so i was hoping this ine might be big enough to use ad a replacement. It doesn't seem possible though, might just have to make due with the Leader chest and mod it to look less fat.
     
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    Quite the challenge you have accepted. Good luck.
     
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