Heavy/Scratch: Universe Wheeljack - WIP

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  1. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    First off, I gotta thank Jei (blacklion29) for his awesome Wheeljack custom that helped inspire this (as well as most every other WJ custom before and after). Second, the recent MC kit builds by Dave (Tom Servo) and Justin (Demonss) really helped push me to jump back on this. I had originally planned this out shortly after seeing Jei's WJ custom. I had all the stuff I needed, but just never went through with it until seeing the MC kit and what Dave and Justin were doing with it. I knew I could build something similar, so I went for it. This is still a WIP, so please feel free to chime in with any tips, comments, or CC.

    I used my old junker Energon Downshift head and Universe Sunstreaker for this custom. I cut off the "ears" and built a couple of new ones from sheet styrene. Once done, I glued them into the sides of the head around the same area the old parts were. To transform with the larger head pieces, flip the head 180 degrees and turn the chest piece to allow it to slide back into the chest cavity. The ball joint socket on Energon Downshift wouldn't fit onto the ball joint properly (almost no movement and the head tilted up a bit). So I filled the ball joint socket on the head with ProCreate sculpting putty, filled in the screw hole on the back of the head, and allowed it all to dry. Once it was done, I took a rounded dremel drill bit and cut a nice new hole into the bottom of the head. Now the head snaps on tightly and has full range of movement like Sunstreaker's head did. I also used a hobby knife to trim down a bit around the nose and face area--I didn't have the Cybertron Downshift head that most use, so I decided to pimp the Energon Downshift head a bit instead. I decided to hit the hood of the car and remove the headlights. I filled the gaps with putty and after drying, sanded it flat. I also sanded down the hood a bit to be more flat and sanded the front end of the car flat (the nose area) to help this look unique compared to Sunstreaker.

    I cut a piece of styrene sheet to form part of the front end of the car and make it more like G1 Wheeljack. This part is still a WIP and is still in one piece until I build more onto it and see if I'll need to cut into it and how. As for the roof of the car, I sanded it down just a bit, then cut a piece of styrene sheet to form the rounded roof that G1 Wheeljack had. I added smaller pieces of styrene cut and glued to form the top edge of the chest/roof and side pieces. I then took some thin styrene sheet and cut a rectangular piece out to be placed in the middle of the chest (where the faction symbol will eventually go). And last, I took a piece of the thicker styrene sheet and sanded the edges down to shape it into an intake, then very carefully used my Leatherman tool to sand/grind the underside down a bit, which now makes a nice and tiny opening for the intake. I also painted the Sunstreaker rims black with Testors Flat Black enamel. I never liked the bicycle type rims, so I wanted to do something similar to what G1 Wheeljack had--black rims (something I may actually do to Sunstreaker and Sideswipe at some point). I used a G1 Wheeljack launcher and missile (spring was shot, so I glued it in), with the handle of one of the Lambo bros guns cut to size (which allows the G1 launcher to peg right into the shoulder). I'm also planning to build a new spoiler that will either glue or fit over the existing one and I'm planning to build the WJ bot wings from scratch with styrene (just like the other parts involved).

    Anyway, this is still a WIP--worked a few days on it, then got busy with things here, so it's sitting as-is right now, but I'm hoping to jump back on it in the next few days sometime. Hope you guys enjoy it!

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  2. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    that looks great so far. I'm really interested in seeing the wings your making.
     
  3. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Thanks, man--haven't started 'em yet, but I've been planning them out. I'll probably try to do them similar to the G1 shape and style, but with a bit of a different design on them.
     
  4. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    This is looking pretty sweet.
     
  5. Prime 61

    Prime 61 Holder of the MATRIX

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    Totally digging that head great job so far
     
  6. fateastray

    fateastray AnakRepublikMalukuSelatan

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    Wow, props to you for scratchbuilding all the parts.
     
  7. blacklion29

    blacklion29 Merlion Gestalt

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    thanks brian for the shout. this is looking sweet as it is. tip-if you want to have bigger ears for him, you can cut a portion on the sides of the chamber where the head goes in when in alt mode. are you making the wings non-partsforming? i had a difficult time thinking of a solution for that. good luck bro. all the best.
     
  8. Satomiblood

    Satomiblood Prototype Black

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    Looking good so far. How's the quality of the kit? I remember so many of the non-Radicons bashing the hell out of it before having it in-hand.
     
  9. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Thanks, man!

    Thanks, glad you like it!

    Thanks--I like that kit, but I figured I could just as easily build the needed parts without forking out any cash.

    Anytime, Jei! Glad you dig it, my friend! I thought of that, but I think I actually like how the ears turned out in this size. As for the wings, I probably won't decide on that until I have them built and see if they can be worked into the transformation somehow. Not sure exactly what size they'll be either, but I have considered making them a decent size that is small enough to fit under the windshield and roof when transformed (this would be no parts-forming), but again, I may just go with them as add-ons. Thanks again for the inspiration, bro!

    Thanks, Satomiblood. Honestly, I'm not sure the exact quality of the kit itself (didn't have the extra cash handy and I knew I could build it without the kit, so I scratchbuilt these parts with styrene), but Dave and Justin are in the middle of their respective review builds and from what I've read and seen, it's pretty nice. There are some rough edges from some of the shots I've seen and the windshield looks like it needs a little putty to fill in a few spots, but overall, it's pretty good and seems to be a decent price point for the things involved in the kit. You may want to hit one of them up for more details.
     
  10. Satomiblood

    Satomiblood Prototype Black

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    My bad. I misread the second sentence. And I'm thinking of another WJ kit that was produced a few months ago by another group.
     
  11. Demonss

    Demonss Well-Known Member

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    Yup. The one I am doing (still have to get off my rear and touch up the paint! DARN YOU LAZINESS!) was a kit from Mastercollectable.

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    It's cool to see one being done in a similar manner with styrene.. It's looking good so far!

    What are you doing for the front spoiler which alleviates the front spoiler issue from the kit??

    Awesome work man!
     
  12. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Thanks, Justin! I'm still planning that out and I should be doing something with it again in the next few days. Right now the hood section of the car (with the front spoiler piece you see in my pics) is pushed up or lifted higher than usual and it wedges on the undercage of the car to hold it in place. So technically, I could leave it as is, but it does stick out just a bit in bot mode. I will be bulking it up some, but I'm still planning the whole front end issue (it looks like there isn't much play room if I have the black grill and front piece lift up, while the two other pieces stay in place--it seems they would hit the waist area and limit some articulation, which is something I don't want to do). Thanks again for helping inspire me to get back on this and do it up nice. Your kit build is coming along great!
     
  13. Demonss

    Demonss Well-Known Member

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    Thanks man, I'm glad I can help inspire.. haha

    My kit hasn't moved since you last saw it.. :) 
    He's busy looking nice in my display case even unfinished.. Soon.. a motivated friday.. :) 
     

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