Heavy/Scratch: Tracks reshelled w ROTF Sideswipe hood

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  1. vidmouse

    vidmouse Well-Known Member

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    After I saw L K's awesome RTS Tracks reshell, I knew I had to try it myself.
    I didn't have a corvette model kit handy, so I decided to sacrifice my
    ROTF Sideswipe and use his hood for Tracks. Ended up grinding down
    Tracks' original hood so that the 2nd hood would lay on top of it, then
    used some apoxie as filler for the gaps. I know there's a large gap around
    the wheels but I haven't figured a way to do anything about it yet.

    The flames emblem I made from scratch using paint.net. Printed and
    then glued and clear-sealed.

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  2. simonatmac

    simonatmac The stop motion maker

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    Neat idea.
    But thereĀ“s more work in it...
     
  3. Ellamin

    Ellamin Moonbeam Dreamer

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    I'd redo, but keep, the bumper heels from the original, and smooth the hood out more.
     
  4. adconx2

    adconx2 Cybertron D-Block

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    It looks really good, just need a lil body work.
     
  5. Bruticus82

    Bruticus82 Well-Known Member

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    Really cool idea, I like the look of that front end.

    The filler does look uneven, but I'm sure that will only get better with practice (and a solution to that whole too...maybe sheet styrene to build it up, and then apoxie to "smooth out" and joint the two? I'm no expert with either material.

    Really nice job on the emblem! It's fantastic for being done from scratch.
     
  6. Xhairs

    Xhairs Well-Known Member

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    very cool. looks 10x better then what hasbro gave us.
     
  7. Overhaulimus

    Overhaulimus Sword of Fury!

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    This is a great first try man, for closing in the gaps in the wheel wells, you've got a few different options, I don't have the ROTF Sideswipe figure, so I'm not sure what the thickness is of the plastic there, but I think 2mm styrene should be close to the thickness. You pretty much cut ya a piece that is close to the right size, glue or epoxy it into place, then fill the gaps using a filler, then sand it down and paint it.

    The other option, is to use Apoxie or something similar, to sculpt a new filler plate to close it in, let it cure, sand and fill any spots that need it and then paint.

    All in all, this is a great start and with a little bit of work on smoothing out the hood addition, it will make this a great piece to have in your collection.
     

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