Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by Cliffbee, Jul 2, 2013.
this came out great man! I shutter to think how much this complete set is going to cost you in printing.... -__-
Oh wow that looks great, and I'm mighty impressed with how deep your comitting to this project, getting parts that large at Shapeways (or whoever) prices.
Thanks! 3D prints of all 15 vehicles will be crazy expensive, but for a unique piece of my own design, I'm willing to pay more -- especially over time. I don't buy a lot of super-expensive toys -- third-party Transformers, Masterpieces, etc. -- and that'$$$ a good thing.
I love this project. This is just amazing. Keep up the great work!
The design of the head vehicle has been finalized for quite a while. I've been modeling the remaining 14 vehicles.
The images below depict the completed head vehicle, plus incomplete "draft" representations of the non-head vehicles, in various configurations, just to test basic sizes, proportions and arrangements. The non-head vehicle designs are in flux, so their dimensions and proportions -- and how they connect to one another -- are likely to change. Having said that, these are decent approximations of what the end result might look like.
Keep in mind that this custom toy is being designed to look as though it could have been made as part of the Panosh Place Voltron toy line of the 1980s. Each vehicle will be able to contain a 3-3/4" pilot action figure. In keeping with the style of the Panosh Place toys, the vehicles that form like modules -- such as Voltron's right upper leg and left upper leg -- will be almost identical, differing primarily in color and "plant-on" details that I have not yet modeled. I'm not striving for a "Soul of Chogokin" style.
Here are some mockups of the Strato Fighter, Aqua Fighter and Turbo Terrain Fighter.
Here is a size comparison of a mockup of Vehicle Team Voltron standing along the actual Panosh Place (Lion Force) Voltron.
Finally here are some orthographic renderings of the Voltron mockup. I will be repositioning the legs in the side views.
This is a staggering amount of awesome work. Very impressive. It seems such a shame that it's all for a single figure though; seems it should be mass produced.
I am amazed.
Thanks! I'm currently designing 3D-printable ratcheting joints which will be internal to the upper torso vehicle, so that after the upper arm vehicles have connected to the upper torso, Voltron will have ratcheting shoulder joints.
Here is the fully remodeled, although still neither finalized nor completed, lower torso vehicle.
Voltron now has articulated hips -- a feature previously found only in the recent Miracle Production MA-01 version. The original Popy/Matchbox version had stationary hips.
Getting close to finishing the designs of the upper leg vehicles...
Here are some updates. I've begun to flesh out the designs of the lower leg vehicles.
Looking good, man.
A test print of the right upper leg vehicle arrived today. It turned out very nicely. I'll share more photos of that model soon, but for now, here is the old foam core-and-posterboard concept model of Vehicle Team Voltron, with the head and right upper leg replaced by the 3D-printed "final" models. Matchbox Deluxe Vehicle Team Voltron (Voltron I) is shown for scale reference.
As a reminder... each of the 15 vehicles can accommodate a 3-3/4"-scale action figure of its pilot.
this is going to cost you a fortune to fully print!
Not necessarily. I plan to purchase an FDM-based printer within a month.
That looks fantastic!
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