Heavy/Scratch: MP-01 Modifications

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  1. craftsmith

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    Ahh Nuts...........(cause the squirrel)

    this is excellent work mate, I did wonder how the legs would look.
     
  2. JackKnife

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    Thanks; the idea is to try to get the legs as close to MP-10's as possible. Inevitably, there will be some differences due to materials and composition of the original thighs, but with some refinement, it shouldn't be too noticeable.

    My major worry was the chest stripes/ wheel wells. When I cut them down, it weakened them as I thought it would. Careful rebuilding and gluing kept them from breaking completely, but were I to do it again, I would be sorely tempted to simply build a new set entirely. Thankfully, this worked.

    After careful study, I'm just going to leave the front windows alone. Too much work for too little result, and the potential for too much to go wrong.

    After this amount of work, I really need to see about the lower biceps and working on smoothing out the alt mode as well.
     
  3. JackKnife

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    UPDATE:

    This is where the project stands now:

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    I began some of the paint operations after sanding and smoothing out a few issues overall. Nothing major, just some rework here and there.

    I'll have some photos of alt mode ina bit, as soon as I can clear-coat what I've done so far.

    Stay tuned...
     
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    That looks superb, your like a customising wizard.
     
  5. JackKnife

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    *taps wand* :lol 
     
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    dear god man. i miss this topic for a week and wtf you've made this nearly into mp10

    any plans for the abs grill? since mp-1 is very recessed in, and mp10 is more fluid.
     
  7. JackKnife

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    Yeah, I've been thinking on that one, amd098. I'm considering sanding the grill down, gluing plastic to it to build it up, and repaint it.

    Adding that to the "to-do list":

    1: continue with thighs

    2: thicken biceps

    3: redo ab grill
     
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    Great to-do list, oh and the legs turned out awesome, great job!
     
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    i dont know if itd still transform if you built it up, as that goes towards the ground in alt mode and if you built it up, it might scrap on the floor. i would have thought maybe an external piece?
     
  10. JackKnife

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    Actually, I have a way to do it where it won't. I just need to put extension pieces on the side...


    You'll see what I mean in a bit.


    Meantime, alt mode pics:

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    I still have work to do on it.

    Stay tuned...
     
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    scratchbuilt trailer?
     
  12. JackKnife

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    yup.

    It was more detailed before, but I'm in the middle of refurbishing it.
     
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    Small update:

    re-did the grill:

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    I'll have more this morning when I get up. Time to ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
     
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    aaaand you fixed my main issue with the mold. nice!
     
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    Thanks; all I did was to add on two pieces of plastic to the back edge, then repaint the whole grill.

    Step by step:


    As you can see, when in truck mode, there's some space between the grill and the wheel blocks:

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    So, I used this to my advantage, to put in the grill additions. Step 1 was to grind slots in the grill back to accept the extensions:

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    Then, glue the extensions in so they would keep the grill level with Prime's chest. This also meant scraping all the chrome off so I could get an even finish on the whole thing:

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    Next, I had to paint the whole thing black, as silver/chrome paint doesn't cover bare plastic too well:

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    Then, applying the silver paint:

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    After the pics I've posted so far, I then used pearlescent paint and clear iridescent glaze to finish it, I'll have pics of that a bit later on (the preview pic I posted earlier doesn't have the last 2 paints on it).

    Stay tuned...
     
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    Great job man, the grill work you're doing is fantastic!
    (I love keeping up with this project!)
     
  17. JackKnife

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    Thanks SO, I'm doing my best on this! The biceps are still on the list!

    BTW gang: guess what I'm up to now:

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    Stay tuned...
     
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    What.............. you mad scientist, why are you .............what.
    your like an evil genius or something.
     
  19. JackKnife

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    :lol  and I'm just getting started!

    Here's a sneak peak at my work; it's still a bit crude, I need to refine it more. But you'll get where I'm going:

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    Looking good, a bit of sanding and it'll be awesome.
    I read somewhere that you wrote a kitbashing guide, is it a book, ebook or blog? also where can I get read it/buy a copy?