TF: Prime Powerizer Megatron's Fusion Cannon (Shapeways)

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  1. fakebusker83

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    TF: Prime Powerizer Megatron's Fusion Cannon
    Update Sept 17, 2012


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    What else can I say? This is the Fusion Cannon for Powerizer Megatron, made to be as size
    and show accurate as possible! This set comes in 2 sections: The Fusion Cannon itself,
    and the armoured forearm shield with flip out blade! These 2 sections are pegged into their
    respective 5mm ports on Megatron's right forearm, and they peg into one another as well to
    maintain a sturdy hold.

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    The cannon is constructed to allow the installation of an LED circuit within its shell, yet
    remain visually accurate, which is a stark difference from the large cannon on the
    stock figure.

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    Due to the design of the forearms, I could not emulate the slide out action of the infamous
    wrist sword. I also didn't like how the original sword had to split into 2 halves, as they tend
    to separate and they are not show accurate. My solution was to have the entire blade
    'switchblade' to one side of the forearm, and I utilised an offset in the peg hole to allow the
    folded blade to slide forwards, hence reducing the length that sticks out of the rear of the
    forearm when it is in storage.

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    You can store the cannon in Megatron's alt mode, that's a given. With a little fiddling,
    the forearm shield can be kept on his arm, but it will obstruct the placement of the purple
    cannon mount. The cannon will be tipped forward and aiming right at Megatron's head.

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    What I like to do is to mount both cannon and shield on top of the ship.
    Not show accurate, but I like how the extra piece blends in with the overall silhouette
    as well as give an armoured appearance to the vessel.

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    Assembly Instructions

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    To start off, set the top rear piece between the 2 main halves of the cannon. For those
    who know what you are doing, the LED circuit will be installed in the shell of the cannon by now.
    The top rear piece should sit on top of your circuit switch and it will act as a push button to light up the LED.


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    Use the bottom rear and front barrel pieces to lock the cannon halves together.


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    The rod-like peg piece is used to hold the blade in place within the forearm shield.
    One end of the rod-piece has flat faces; this end should be pushed in first, downwards.
    If you find that the rod cannot fit in, use an x-acto blade to scrape the sides of the
    holes to remove material, then try again.


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    Finally, the forearm shield assembly is pegged into a 5mm port located on the front bottom
    of the cannon. The whole assembly can then be mounted on Megatron's forearm. VoilĂ !



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    Conclusion

    This was sure a challenging project! It was obvious from the start that Megatron deserves
    a much better weapon, but I took my time with it because I want it to be perfect. The main challenge
    I faced was how to sit the pieces on the forearm and make them look natural on such an organic figure,
    plus achieving show accuracy. The blade, too, took me some time to work out a solution I'm happy with.

    I have since moved on to more ambitious projects, but I'm happy to say I can
    look back on this one and be proud of it!

    Comments and critique appreciated! Cheers everyone!


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    Claim the mighty weapon that is your birthright here at
    TFP Powerizer Megatron's Fusion Cannon on Shapeways.

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    You can order the the Dark Energon version at
    TFP Powerizer Megatron's Fusion Cannon (Dark Energon variant).

    This model has been tested successfully in White Strong Flexible, and that material is highly recommended.

    - Ariel

    Flickr is here.

    Fakebusker's Shapeways Store
     

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  2. SG hailstorm

    SG hailstorm Thundercracker fanatic

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    I LOVE this, very much well thought out and it shows, the blade hide-away is brilliant as well and doesnt add access kibble to megatrons arm.
     
  3. Thinktank

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    Glad to see this finally reach fruition. It looks really good Ariel.
     
  4. cheetor71

    cheetor71 Autobot

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    That's an amazing set. I'm probably going to disassemble the stock set and rebuild it.
     
  5. ichnach

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    looks fantastic! any idea how well it works in either frosted ultra detail of WSF polished?
     
  6. Thinktank

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    I would go with WSF or FUD on that design.
    Pollishing will likely eat up the edge parts pretty badly.
     
  7. fakebusker83

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    Hi ichnach,

    Thanks for the compliment. WSFP will be slightly smoother, like velvet. But you might find the components to be looser due to material being removed in the polishing process.

    As for FUD, I have no idea...It should work except for my wallet will kill me. LOL!
     
  8. Thinktank

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    I may get one of the Dark Energon versions in Alumide.
    Hmmm?....
    Careful, at that material's prices you may find that your 'Wallet' has been...
    >>Dons sunglasses
    Crushed....
     

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    baggzey23 psn - baggzey23

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    Well I think now is the right time to get a shapeways haul
     
  10. rattraprules98

    rattraprules98 AKA Chr0nus

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    Huminuhhuminuhhuminuh-

    YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ariel, you god, yes!
     
  11. daimchoc

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    This looks great. Great job again, buddy! ;) 
     
  12. Irish Carnage

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    Tell me this, can the blade and shield portion be attached without the cannon? I've been looking for a good blade to make a gladiator Megatron.
     
  13. daimchoc

    daimchoc TFW2005 Supporter

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    Unless there's another peg, probably not...

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  14. Thinktank

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    It can be attached without the cannon.
    That picture you reposted shows the front peg the forearm bracer/sword
    attaches with. The cannon sits atop it in the front and pegs into the port
    near the figures elbow with it's own 5mm peg.
     
  15. daimchoc

    daimchoc TFW2005 Supporter

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    I read his post as asking if it's possible to attach the shield separately from the sword. Otherwise, it's going to be like this:

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    EDIT: I just noticed that not all the pictures are on the first post...


    Other pictures are here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...31519816.95483.245734952150909&type=1&theater
     
  16. Thinktank

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    Pretty sure he meant without the cannon:
    I too "scan read" at times and make similar errors now and then.
     
  17. MonkeyBusiness

    MonkeyBusiness Autobot Engineer

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    Oh damn you Fakebusker. I go and spend a ton of time refashioning the regular cannon, and you go and make an even more awesome one the day after I post it.

    *sigh* I'll go shut up so you can take my money.
     
  18. Rexidus

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    Really cool stuff is in here.
     
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    Wow, Megatron really needed that! Awesome job!
     
  20. T.F. Allen

    T.F. Allen Formerly known as Krem TFW2005 Supporter

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    This made me laugh. What also made me laugh is how much I wanted this, considering the fact that I DON'T EVEN HAVE A MEGATRON.
     

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