Heavy/Scratch: RSP Arcee 'fix' (WIP)

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  1. MACRAPTRON

    MACRAPTRON Well-Known Member

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    'Sup fellas,

    This is my RSP model kit so far:
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    I tell you, this model is horrible. I'm building custom parts from scratch, because the original parts were too messy and the 'vehicle' mode wouldn't lock into place or even aligned to the wheels or ground:
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    The piece that locks both legs into place was missing, so I had to make a customized one as well. But the whole system is so terrible, that I'm completely redesigning it:
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    And this is the custom head I'm building. I've found this sculpey-like stuff that's much easier to work with - the piece you see here was sculpted only with an exacto-knife.
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    The surface finish is crappy, but once I'm done with it I'm going to refine it and make a resin cast with a light piping system for the eyes.

    I'm also going to sculpt a cover for the legs (in vehicle mode) so it matches her cartoon design better. It'll be attached to her new 'pelvic' system and fold into her back in robot mode.
     

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  2. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    you're practically doing a full scratch-build. sheesh. what a shame! Your work is looking good so far, though. :thumb 
     
  3. AnimatedFan

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    ...what junk. Not your work, their kit. I'm so glad I wasn't suckered in to paying their ridiculous prices...
     
  4. 2bach

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    where u get the kit?
     
  5. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    You can only do this sucker justice, man. So far, the work you've done looks great. I agree, it's a shame that so many parts are crap and need to be rebuilt or "fixed". I really dig the head you're sculpting though--that alone will make this stand out and the mods will only make it better. Looking forward to seeing more of it. Keep up the great work, bro!
     
  6. frenzyrumble

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    I thought this was the same one I have when you mentioned it last week (that was you, right?)
    I can't even find a picture of the one I have...
     
  7. Rhinox555

    Rhinox555 Insert clever joke here.

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    Wow, i'm a little disappointed to hear about the suckage of this kit. Glad i didn't buy it.
    Love where this is going though, i'll be keeping an eye on this.
     
  8. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

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    I've had one for years. And if you have been expecting something to the likes of an ABS modelkit (like gundams or jets) that's not the case. It's a resin garage kit. It's supposed to be crap!

    I really like what you are doing, I wish I had the time and go back to upgrade mine.

    iDD
     
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    nice!!!
     
  10. Bigbot3030

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    yeah, I haven't even attempted to clean mine up yet becasue of this very reason. the only positive thing about it is i paid a fraction of the original price. But still, I had no idea how rough that thing would be. I'm going to be watching this for any pointers for the future, but it sure seems like i'm going to have to rebuild the majority of it. good luck.

    Randy!
     
  11. MACRAPTRON

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    Well, I've decided to scrape the RSP kit since it's horrible, and started to scratch build my own Arcee:

    PIC 1: I've found this thing called 'Super Sculpey' with a consistency of a chewed bubblegum. It becomes hard once you heat it, but it was still bad to sculpt.

    PIC 2: Then I found this clay called 'DimClay' and it saved my day. It's hard at ambient temperature and it softens with heat. You can actually melt it into an almost liquid state, so you can pour it in a silicon mold. And it's quite flexible.

    PIC 3: Since I already had parts sculpted, I baked them and made a quick clay mold pressing the parts against the clay. Then I melted the DimClay and poured into the mold.

    PIC 4-5: Here's the result, the new parts are very solid and can be carved with a hobby knife. I'm still figuring out where to place the hinges but this is the main idea.

    PIC 6: A close-up shot of the head. The best thing about this clay is that I can 'mask' certain parts and melt unmasked areas again, to add more clay or fix sculpting mistakes (I'll have to add more clay to fix the helmet and give Arcee a proper neck).
     

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    This kit was done by Griffith wasn't it? Done by hand though. I bet he can do a much better one using his computer 3-D modeling skills like his HOS Prime.
     
  13. REDLINE

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    Dude, you need to get Aves Apoxy Sculpt. nothing beats it, except their own product, Fixit Sculpt :lol  (its a lot more expensive than the Apoxy, though)
     
  14. MACRAPTRON

    MACRAPTRON Well-Known Member

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    Wish I could, none of those can be found in my country :lol  I was lucky to find this place in my neighborhood, they have all types of clay, resins and silicon for molds. Once I'm done with the sculpting I'm going to cast the parts with polyurethane.
     
  15. REDLINE

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    its mostly ordered over the internet or phone, so you likely can still get it. aves.com


    I have to say I had no idea you could do this sort of thing, I'd only been exposed to your 2D artwork. you have any old stuff to share?
     
  16. hXcpunk23

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    Same here, man. I've been a huge fan of your Transformers artwork for quite a while now and it's pretty cool seeing that you also have the bashing skills to back that up. You do great work all around Mr. Ono. This new scratchbuilt Acee is already shaping up to be much better than the kit you were working on. Looking forward to more updates.
     
  17. MACRAPTRON

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    Another quick update - refining some parts and starting to build the main joints.

    This is my 1st custom project. As for 2D stuff, I'm basicly retired - way too much talented new artists around for an old timer like me to get official TF work, you know.

    Thanks a lot. To be honest, I'm tired of 2D and 3D cgi stuff. Building stuff is brand new to me and quite refreshing, it helps me stand my boring job as an illustrator (not really boring, but it depressed me to the point I had to look for psychiatric help).
     

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    I like your idea, basically your going to sculpt it using the hard clay then you will make a mold and cast a resin replica?
     
  19. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Sorry to hear that, man. If you're ever looking to shoot it and talk about kitbashing or even 2D art, I'll be glad to help you out. I started as an artist in the 2D field (personal, not professional) and I've since moved into 3D work like this and while I enjoy drawing still, I get more of a sense of satisfaction actually bringing something to life that didn't exist before. Just hang in there bro and know you've got friends around here. Keep up the great work!
     
  20. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    This is sad news for me on the 2-D end of things as you've always been one of my inspirations and favorite illustrators. Still, I can understand the sentiment, and I'm glad you got the help you needed :)  I also started out doing kitbashing because I had done little with 3-D objects, so I can understand where you're coming from, though. I am glad to see you still creating artwork and doing it in the fandom as well. I'm also honored that you're still a Radicon after all of these things :) 

    This Arcee is turning out fantastic! I can't wait to see the final results! :thumb 
     

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