Heavy/Scratch: WIP: Don's Classics Soundwave

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  1. Jarrod

    Jarrod Semi-retired Builder

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    Updated on page 5 with Laserbeak!

    So, the inspiration for the piece came from Jin's awesome Soundwave repaint from Perceptor. I picked one up to do the same....but after a bit of thinking, I wanted Soundwave to have his own unique body, something new and different. Then I remembered about this picture I found on the TFWiki:

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    I thought the vehicle mode looked alot like Movie Stockade/ ROTF Gears...and yep, they're both pretty much Escalades. So I picked up an extra Gears, and went to work.

    I started by completely gutting Gears, so he was just a vehicle shell.

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    I cut down Perceptor's shoulder/front wheel mechanism until it was just a frame, and swapped the wheels for Gears'. I then attached this assembly to the hollow frame using some screws.

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    I decided to change the way the rear wheels transform both because I wanted him to have blocky shoulders, and well, it was just easier :) 

    The head is straight WFC Soundwave's head attached to Gear's original neck plate. In vehicle mode, there is very little room since the shoulders fill in most of the available space, so I had to come up with a bit of a complicated mechanism to fold the head away.

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    I've just begun on the legs, and so far they're just Perceptor's legs (with lower legs cut down significantly) with the new front end glued on. I've also changed the orientation of the lower legs from Don's original design. After seeing then with the hood visible on the front, I just didn't like the way they looked, plus I realized if I rotated them, I could build up some more Soundwave-like details into the shins/knees. I'll be building up the legs a bit more, and you can see I've already started with adding parts of WFC Soundwave's thighs.

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    And that's where I'm at right now. Still gotta attach the waist somehow, and figure out where to put the rest of the vehicle panels:) 

    But anyway, here's how everything lines up in vehicle mode so far:
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    And a robot mode mock-up:
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  2. dkr7

    dkr7 "Argh' Hexagonal Nuts!"

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    looks great so far, love the idea. One critic s the limbs are a bit skinny, a little bulk and he'll be perfect
     
  3. Bigbot3030

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    ^ Agreed.
    Looks awseome! I can't tell, are you going to have the back end open up like in the art?

    Randy!
     
  4. SMOG

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    Fantastic!!!

    How tall is he? And as already mentioned, it looks like you're sacrificing the opening hatch. Too bad, but he still looks really great.

    zmog
     
  5. rohrerprime25

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    man that is awesome that mode does fit it
     
  6. Murasame

    Murasame CHIMICHANGAS

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    That's going to be cool! :) 
     
  7. Megatron31

    Megatron31 I Belong to Nobody! TFW2005 Supporter

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    awesome work man
     
  8. TedimusPrime

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    Genius!
     
  9. Soundwave_FSD

    Soundwave_FSD Yoda in a track suit...

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    I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha. Fantastic job/idea.

    Might I suggest you do something Similar to Movie voyager Ratchet to connect the waist to the torso.
     
  10. Slimaximus

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    wow that is just awesome, want to make another lol
     
  11. Jarrod

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    Oh, the hatch definitely still opens! He's a tall deluxe size, like Sunstreaker or so.

    That's pretty much what I've come up with. Pics soon.
     
  12. Ra88

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    Wow, that's looking fantastic! And an added bonus: With the WFC parts and proportions, he looks like an Earth mode for WFC Soundwave. :lol 
     
  13. Rijie78

    Rijie78 Vinyl junkie.

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    Very good work so far, and I like that you're playing with the design (hardly the most inspired one ever) instead of just replicating it; much more interesting to see which design problems you want to solve and which you want to change to suit your own tastes. Impressive stuff with storing the head in car mode, plenty of thought and attention to detail as always with your customs.
     
  14. Jarrod

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    Not an accident :) 

    Thanks! Your right though, the base design is a bit generic, I'm hoping to fix that.


    So, got alot more done this afternoon. First the waist: I've used some of the windshield hinges from Perceptor to attach the waist to the upper body. The waist folds forward and pegs into the roof.

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    Then I went back and put a rotating joint in the lower waist so the legs face the correct way. I've also attached the lower vehicle panels to the arms. I used the holes leftover from the chrome dials; the panels pull out and flip around for vehicle mode, and then slide in closer to the arm for robot mode.

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    And some current robot mode shots....now just gotta attach the rest of the roof and side panels..

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    Magnificant...
     
  16. deaculpa

    deaculpa Seven Star Fist

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    looks great. man, the thighs on sunstreaker/red alert would have worked perfectly for this!
     
  17. f-primusunicron

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    my only complain is the "shoulder" wheels, arent actually in his shoulder, but i think is asking to much, nice work anyway
    thats magnificent, he even has the opening chest
     
  18. Bigbot3030

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    had to go back to your first post to see the hinged chest, totally missed it the first time.

    So, i have an idea that's pretty cool, but i'm not sure how it'd look. To disguise the holes in the roof for when the waist pegs in, what if you detailed/painted that to look like the tape deck holes? What made me think about it is the gear already painted on the hood. I know that those details should be on the minions, but it's just an idea.

    I like how you reused the dial holes on his arms for the door. Slick.

    Randy!
     
  19. Bruticus82

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    Fantastic job! Nice to see this coming along.

    Hope Hasbro is taking notes. :p 
     
  20. D-Unit

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    I'm not a fan Don's design, but your work so far is amazing. If you pull this off, I think it will top your Jazz custom. Awesome stuff man, and it's not even done.
     

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