Heavy/Scratch: Transformers Ark transforming leg filler addon kit set

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by Mr Cross, Oct 5, 2021.

  1. valguerra

    valguerra Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Posts:
    685
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +523
    I would say on the flap. One looking one way and other way.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. mbbreviews

    mbbreviews cybertonian mechanic/inventor

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2013
    Posts:
    220
    Trophy Points:
    147
    Likes:
    +412
    Twitter:
    Instagram:
    Someone finaly got the upgrade right !!!!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    Oh I misunderstood, didn't know the word taper (I'm german). No the final form factor will stay the way it is right now.
     
  4. Githug

    Githug Swing swing Shock!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2020
    Posts:
    38
    Trophy Points:
    47
    Likes:
    +56
    Ebay:
    Facebook:
    Twitter:
    Instagram:
    YouTube:
    This just works way better.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    Here is the first update. 1st version is almost done, still have to tweak a few tolerances but everything pegs in and stays together well so far.

    Added the windows to the side and also made a lip out of it so the halves stay together firmly:

    closed
    20211010_191420_resized.jpg

    opened
    20211010_191536_resized.jpg

    Made the intake part foldable 2 times so it folds up behind the arm:

    left arm and right leg with the addon kit
    20211010_192455_resized.jpg

    arm close-up
    20211010_192411_resized.jpg

    a look from behind
    20211010_192330_resized.jpg

    leg close-up right side (the top part of the thruster part looks a bit rough, still have to change the way it prints)
    20211010_192536_resized.jpg Transformers Ark Panels New37+hinges_ 10.10.2021 19_34_46.png

    leg close-up left side
    20211010_192558_resized.jpg Transformers Ark Panels New37+hinges_ 10.10.2021 19_35_34.png
     
    • Like Like x 12
  6. lilcarus

    lilcarus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Posts:
    6,284
    Trophy Points:
    337
    Likes:
    +12,907
    that came out great man...keep up the good work.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. Sarrow

    Sarrow Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Posts:
    652
    Trophy Points:
    212
    Likes:
    +40
    This looks awesome! Great attention to detail and I like how in robot mode it adds some bulk to the leg. Excellent job! Would you possibly be selling a kit or just the files?
     
    • Like Like x 2
  8. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    Thank you! :) 
    If I had a faster and better printer I would also consider to produce the parts, but the way it is now I couldn't possibly make it a viable option.
     
  9. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    Here's the second update. It took a bit longer because I had to wait for a new PLA filament spool.

    I took your suggestions for improvements to heart and also made another version with 5mm ports for turrets (or other weapons)

    Also printed the other/mirrored side now and luckily everything fits as it should :) 
    20211018_171832_resized.jpg

    Ark turret design (with a 5mm peg so other Transformers can also use it)
    Transformers Ark Turret FINAL test_ 18.10.2021 17_04_50.png 20211018_155506.jpg

    Adjusted connections and tolerances
    Transformers Ark Turret FINAL test_ 18.10.2021 17_06_34.png

    Version with 5mm ports (on both sides, though you could choose if you only want one, both or none of the panels with those ports)
    Transformers Ark Turret FINAL test_ 18.10.2021 17_05_55.png

    Still have to print the newest and updated version, but if everything fits I can finally offer it on etsy!
     
    • Like Like x 6
  10. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    Here's a picture of Mainframe dual-wielding those (rather cute looking) bad boys
    20211018_210733_resized.jpg

    And a size comparison with one of Apeface's weapons
    20211018_210809.jpg
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2021
    • Like Like x 7
  11. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    Little update.

    The parts work flawlessly now and I'm in the process of printing the remaining pieces.
    Then I'm going to paint it to match the colors of the ark. Once this is done I'll do a little video on how it looks and works and then put it up on etsy.

    Expect the last update in the coming days :) 
    There I'll also talk about what I've planned for the Ark in the future (I want to make it look as close to G1 as possible).
     
    • Like Like x 3
  12. Tom_Servo

    Tom_Servo Well-read chick magnet

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2009
    Posts:
    2,147
    Trophy Points:
    257
    Location:
    Philly, yo
    Likes:
    +1,140
    Ebay:
    This makes so much sense, it's infuriating.
    lol
     
    • Like Like x 2
  13. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2021
    • Like Like x 4
  14. Racer_J

    Racer_J Permanently logged out . . .

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2002
    Posts:
    1,308
    Trophy Points:
    282
    Likes:
    +2,202
    It took forever for me to realize where the intake vents were hidden in robot mode.


    ^ This. Mr Cross 's kit substantially increases the accuracy. Now someone just needs to make something that can flare out the shoulder spaulders/pauldrons in the alt mode to squeeze out the last remaining drop of accuracy for the shape/silhouette of The Ark but, that would need to be able to collapse for the robot mode because larger spaulders/pauldrons in robot mode would look really bad. Something could probably attach to the air/friction hinge that holds that triangular piece that loves to pop off when you forget about it but, there isn't room to collapse something larger under the chest. Unfortunately, there just isn't much to work with on that half of the alt mode to try and do something really clever with.

    *edit*

    I just watched the video so . . .

    I'm now aware that a lot of clever things are in the pipeline beyond just flaring out the front of The Ark.

    */edit*
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2021
    • Like Like x 1
  15. C16

    C16 Space Nomad

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Posts:
    3,018
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +6,356
    I think if you consider the grey painted area on the edge of the midsection to be negative space or whatever, the ship does kind of maintain that shape.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. Racer_J

    Racer_J Permanently logged out . . .

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2002
    Posts:
    1,308
    Trophy Points:
    282
    Likes:
    +2,202
    You would also have to consider that colour everywhere else on the alt mode to be the same thing and only look at it from a bird's eye view. I'm all for suspending belief but pretending that isn't the forearm and the elbow is a bridge too far for me personally.

    That having been said, you do bring up a good point. That painted area both shouldn't physically be there, based on the proximity of other parts like where the Autobot insignias are, the distance from the dome, the line break for the triangular pieces hinged to the chest, and so on. However, then you get into problems like nothing should clip into onto the legs (not even the factory pieces) since they make the alt mode too wide as well as the engines being too large and how they shouldn't go beyond where the Autobot insignias start. Ultimately, the grey painted pieces on the forearms have to be there and the forearms can't be any smaller so everything else has to built around that when trying to adjust the aesthetics.

    Speaking of the dark grey paint on the forearms, I will never understand why that's on the top of the alt mode and on a tab that has to slide under a notch with no clearance rather on the side (this would be the back of the elbow with the forearm at a 90° angle and it would be facing the sky in a neutral position) where it should be. It's probably because of the hinged dark grey square piece which is likely that colour for strength since nothing else that flexible is molded dark grey.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2021
    • Like Like x 1
  17. POSSESSED_DIGIT

    POSSESSED_DIGIT WE ARE NUBBY THUMB!!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Posts:
    2,309
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +2,023
    Excellent work. If I were to buy a 3rd party addon kit, this is how I’d want it to look.

    now fix the hands :cool: 
     
  18. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    I never thought about that. That could be the exact reason why they chose a different color for that part.

    I also noticed that there's a spot for an Autobot insignia which they seemingly changed their mind about after the molding was done.
    20211031_094119.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 2
  19. primetimeguy

    primetimeguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Posts:
    150
    Trophy Points:
    122
    Likes:
    +82
    I wish I had a 3d printer for the kit...
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. Mr Cross

    Mr Cross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Posts:
    111
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +223
    This is basically the shape I would be going for, a complete continuation of the curvature of the intake parts
    20211104_100812.jpg 20211104_100825.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 4