Heavy/Scratch: Tutorial: G1/G2 Optimus Trailer into Classics

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  1. hailstarscream

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    Hello, fellow Radicons. A friend of mine saw my custom and insisted that I post how I made my http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radicons-customs/319335-g1-g2-classics-o-p-trailer.html. I meant to do this last year but never got around to it. Keep in mind, that when I took these pics it was after I had completed the trailer. Most importantly, I made this from junker parts, because I couldn't bring myself to kill a good O.P.
    So, here it is. If you have any questions just ask. Thanks for looking and remember: have fun customizing.

    You're going to need:
    G1/G2 Trailer
    G1/G2 Optimus Prime legs
    Dremel w/cutting disc
    Soldering iron w/a fine point
    Epoxy/Glue
    Screwdriver
    4 small screws
    Sandpaper
    Painter's Tape
    Big plastic pen(I used a TDI Bank pen)

    1: Remove the trailer door and with the screw driver push the metal rods towards the back of the trailer

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    2: Once it starts moving just pull it out from the back and repeat on other side

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    3: Remove all the screws on the bottom and separate the pieces

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    4: Now unscrew Optimus' legs, remove the foot and cut the tabs off both legs with the dremel. Sand down so it will be smooth and even

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    5: Again with the Dremel, cut the plastic pins off the bottom of the trailer wheel holders and sand until flat

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    6: You should have both the bottom trailer piece and Optimus' legs sanded down. Now, what you want to do is align the leg and trailer piece as straight as possible with the side and rear like this(or more forward if you prefer).

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    7: Now with the painter's tape align the legs and place a piece so it will hold them in place

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    8: After they're aligned, take your soldering iron and make 2 holes on each side going through the black piece into Optimus' legs just big enough for the screws to go through(don't go too deep). Try to do this in one quick motion, because you don't want to melt the plastic too much. An alternative is using a small drill bit and slowly widen the hole. Line it up first before you even attempt this. Make sure you stay towards the inside of the legs(towards the center of the trailer). So it should look like this

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    9: Now remove the tape and put the screws in until they're in the legs. They should be even like step #7

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    With the screws in, the legs are on there pretty sturdy. If you want extra hold put some epoxy/glue in between the leg and trailer piece(but I advise to do it AFTER you're done with everything).

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    10: With the trailer bottom not attached to the trailer take the dremel and cut the O-ring off and sand until it's smooth

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    11: Now position the trailer as if it were connected and judge the distance between the trailer's bottom and Optimus' legs. This is where you need the pen, because you need to make a new O-ring which will fit around classic Optimus' tabs. Then it'll go here

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    Now for the hard part

    12: You have to decide how long you want the ring, for that will determine the angle of the trailer when it's connected to Optimus. Then, we're going to place it to the very front of the bottom so Optimus can have a turning radius. I suggest you cut the ring a little longer than what you want, so you can sand and smooth until the trailer is the right height. If the middle of the ring isn't wide enough to fit over Optimus' tabs, hollow it out with a drill bit or a round dremel sander. After you're done sanding and leveling the ring, epoxy/glue it to the very front bottom of the black trailer piece like this(keep the gray and black pieces separate so they don't bond together)

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    13: Since you added height to the trailer the original side stands don't reach the floor anymore. So, I took a plastic dart tip and drilled a whole to insert a thin metal rod inside. I did the same to the bottom piece and epoxied them together for extra support.

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    Last thing to do is add a little epoxy/glue to the bottom back-end so it doesn't flap since it's not screwed in anymore. But I strongly advise you do this LAST. After you've painted since it won't show

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    The end result should look like this.

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    It's still stable enough to have Optimus(or another) stand on it without it toppling over.

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    So go ahead and give your Optimus the true G1 trailer he deserves. He's waiting, trust me.

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  2. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    since you didn't attach pics like YOU SHOULD stating in the RULES...
    I now can't see anything :( 

    sorry just a little pissed off ... no hard feelings buddy, but I really want to take a look at you work man!:rolleyes: 
     
  3. wylungz

    wylungz Well-Known Member

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    its funny because he only has one picture up but all the others arent coming up.. maybe the pictures that arent showing up are uploaded from another site and they're down =\


     
  4. Superquad7

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    Attaching images isn't part of the rules, but they're preferred for a tutorial. It saves me from having to do them myself.

    Let's give hailstarscream some of our patience as he manages his thread here, even though we're anxious :) 
     
  5. hailstarscream

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    thanx guys. i don't know what happened. i just tried to attach but don't know what went wrong. so, sorry SQ7
     
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    Yeah I was a little impatient :D 

    THNXXXXXXX!! always cool to get a good look at things :) 
     
  7. Superquad7

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    No worries on my end! I could see you were having just a bit of technical difficulties :) 

    The result is worth it :wink: 
     
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    cool tutorial! might do this. thanks
     
  9. Superquad7

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    tnx for sharing excellent tut
     
  11. ThinkTank Customs

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    cool tutorial

    @ SQ7 isn't it cool how much tutorials pop up from nothing in the last days? it's amazing to read all of them! :) 
     
  12. Dormamu

    Dormamu I am Broot.

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    This is an awesome mod! Well done! I wish I could see how it looked in Alt mode with Prime towing. Also, I noticed you took the whole thing apart for painting, did you finish that or are working on it? And last, does Roller still work just fine with all the mods in place?
     
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    wonder how it would look using classics legs instead of g1 parts?
     
  14. SonOfNemesis

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    I like it and it is very cool, the only thing with it is the fuel cans aren't on a trailer. Can you mod those to come off?
     
  15. hailstarscream

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    thanks a lot. wasn't sure to put it in tutorials or if you guys do that. greatly appreciate it.

    thanks for the compliments. my first tut and i wanted to show how easy it was

    Prime w/trailer here => http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radicons-customs/319333-classics-o-p.html
    thanks a lot. the one in the tut was given to a good friend last year. Yes, roller still works fine with the launcher and nothing is effected with the mods.
    i know because the wheels don't match. i tried but the trailer sits too high and slouches down when attached. besides it's easier & cheaper to find junker G1 parts than to find and hack up a Classics O.P.
    thanks. very true. i thought about taking them off but they are needed to keep the legs together. it would be more trouble to take them off than to leave them. when it was done i thought "Hey it's Optimus. He's from another planet. Why can't he have extra tanks?"
     
  16. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    How about a pic with Prime pulling the trailer in this thread?
     
  17. formula93

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    Love the Whitesnake pose!
     
  18. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    Cool tutorial, but man Classics Prime is relaxing a little too much. LOL It's like Optimus Prime is saying, "Well hello fembots."
     
  19. x BlackMagnus x

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    Yea, that last pic is too much. Is he posing for Playbot?
     
  20. Kenjo_Cybertron

    Kenjo_Cybertron Stalk him, tear him apart

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    Very cool, i must say though, whats with the slightly homo-erotic pose optimus is doing there...
    haha i actually laughed out loud
     

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