Minor/Repaint: Ultra Magnus from Solar Storm Grappel

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  1. vidmouse

    vidmouse Well-Known Member

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    Found Grappel at a TJMaxx last month for $10 and couldn't pass him up.
    Originally I wanted him to perhaps do an Optimus Prime custom,
    but he seemed kinda "fat" in robot mode for that... plus, I've done a
    lot of Optimus customs already, but to-date have failed to
    make a good Ultra Magnus custom. (I tried doing one from Cybertron
    Mudflap but didn't like it enough to even take photos)

    Anyways, I knew I could make the head into a good Magnus simply
    by shaving off his ear "nubs" and giving him new antennae, which is
    done now, but I still didn't like the fatness of him and also the windows
    in front didn't say "Ultra Magnus" to me... my solution became to
    turn him around and swap his arms (an actual benefit since they
    come off easy anyway!), and voila! I think the sculpt in this mode
    lends itself REALLY well to Magnus... there's even a spot in his chest
    for a Matrix! I took the siren lights off him and glued them to the
    new robot front to give him more of a "T" chest (and paint will
    help handle making that T into an "M")

    Here's some WIP shots, more to come once he's painted. So far I've
    got him primered but that's all for now.

    EDIT: added more pics of updates: missile launcher, matrix cavity, alt mode HERE

    EDIT: started paint (still WIP), added star missiles and comments HERE

    EDIT: more paint, after white spray paint and another coat of red/blue HERE

    EDIT: added panel lining and Autobot insignia. Some fun pics HERE

    EDIT: FINISHED. Final shots HERE

    EDIT: Edited this post with new photos per suggestion.
     

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  2. Satomiblood

    Satomiblood Prototype Black

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    Hot.

    I love that it doesn't involve a Vanilla Prime in any way.
     
  3. Mitch FIN Keith

    Mitch FIN Keith Autobot

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    does it still have an alt mode?
     
  4. KINGBOTZ

    KINGBOTZ www.KINGBOTZ.com

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    Damn, that's pretty good man, very clever to switch him around like that, and the head looks really good! That turned out to be a really good base for UM. Will he still transform?
     
  5. astig

    astig Optimus Prime's Driver

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    this custom rocks! i need me to find a grappel quickly!
     
  6. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    I had the same idea but didn't turn him around since I want to use RID UM windows :) 

    BUT THIS LOOKS TO HOT!!! :D 
     
  7. Theand

    Theand Well-Known Member

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    Great, it have pottential
     
  8. Network

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    WOW. that is pretty damn impressive. i love the head, very clever. the over-all feel of this is pretty great. if this were a retail, i would definitely hunt him down. UM with removable armour is cool and all, but i think i would rather something like this were he just looks awesome. can't wait to see the final paints
     
  9. azdragon58

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    ^^what they said, would like to alt mode... This still looks very nice, cant wait to see him painted!!!
     
  10. process

    process Hanlon's razor Veteran

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    That is extremely clever. Well done so far, sir!
     
  11. vidmouse

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    Updated with more pics:

    > added Tomahawk's missile launchers for his launchers (still have to add the starry-type missiles. Sadly, to use the missiles I want to use, the launchers will no longer be able to actually fire.

    > showing his matrix-cavity open w/ Masterpiece Rodimus's matrix inside. It's not snug, so it's not going to stay in there for long. Of course, neither did the real thing :) 

    > alt mode w/ my custom legends Windcharger on the car carrier bed
    Here's the great part: Tomahawk's missile launchers can pivot on their ball joints and they clip on to the existing hardpoints in EXACTLY the right spots!
    The only bad here is that his head doesn't fold down all the way b/c I made his antennae large. I don't really want to chop the antennae either, so I'm living with it.
     

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  12. The Dark Seeker

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    This is awesome! :thumbs2: 

    *edit* Ah, now I see the alt mode! Can't wait to see you finish this!
     
  13. robowarrior

    robowarrior Arcee's BF

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    Impressive!!!
     
  14. slackerforhire

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    Absolutely love it! I can't wait to see the final product. Great job!
     
  15. D-Unit

    D-Unit #1 Heel

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    Awesome idea man, very original!
     
  16. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    heck yeah
     
  17. MyTea Boc

    MyTea Boc Beardy Boyo!

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    Ooooh really good idea! love the mods to the head.
     
  18. spoonman

    spoonman Kitbasher extrordinaire!

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    Dude! Diggin' it bigtime!
     
  19. jcartwork

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    good taste on that
     
  20. Satomiblood

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    That matrix is appropriate. I've always felt that UM made for a better leader than Rodimus in the G1 toon. He at least had the aesthetic of a high ranking Autobot leader.

    p.s.

    Car Carrier >>> Space Winnebago
     

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