Heavy/Scratch: TurboREmastered Project: Rotorstorm

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  1. Draoss

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    Hello everyone. And welcome back to another installment of my TurboREmastered series!
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    In part 3, I'm tackling the Turbomaster's only aerial member, Rotorstorm!
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    Part 1: Scorch
    Part 2: Boss
    Part 4: Hurricane
    Part 5: Flash
    And this particular project ticks a pretty special box in my customizer's milestone checklist! He is my first ever articulated G1 figure! Yay! However I will keep the end result for the end of my guide/tutorial?(whatever works best for you). But don't worry, that is this update.

    But as always, I need to thank the inspiration behind this project, TFW2005's very own ClutchKick for his own Articulated G1 Rotorstorm! Please do check out his guide as it really is great and guided my own efforts directly.

    I was originally going to use ROTF Tomahawk with a Shapeways head and modded legs. But then I found out about ClutchKick's take on him, stumbled across the Rotorstorm I'm using for 10$ at my local comicbook store and the rest is history! Speaking of which,

    This is our subject:
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    Yeah, there is a good amount of work to be done:
    •All the springs are rusted(but are still usable),
    •All the stickers are incorrectly applied,
    •He is missing his other wing/landing gear,
    •He is missing his rotorblades(so he can't even fly. Kinda sad for a helicopter),
    •There is a big chip and crack where the rotorblade is suppossed to attach,
    •The peg that connects his tails together in vehicule mode is broken AND
    •He is missing BOTH of his jet engine guns!(the tragedy just doesn't stop with this guy!)

    But not to worry! I'm going to give this awesome, European exclusive legend a new lease on life amidst my collection!!! In this pursuit, let's start with the biggest hurdle of this project: The articulation. LET'S GET TO IT!!!!!WHOO!

    I guess let's start with the 2 simplest points of articulation that I did, because why not I guess:
    And fair warning for those of you who want to take him apart:

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    These are the miserable pins you need to deal with!
    As you can see, I wound up warping some of the plastic:
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    And 1 good look at the internals:
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    The head is just a very simple swivel:
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    All I did for this was shave off enough plastic from his square neck so it can turn.
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    I might try to cobble together a balljoint, but I don't want to mess with the head so this works well for now.

    Next in the simple department is the wrist swivel:

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    After cutting of the hands, there is some plastic to shave off. Then I just drilled holes in the hands and forearms and stuck pins in them. No glue needed:) 

    Next up is the not-so-simple to implement articulation:
    With those stupid pins out of the way, I was able to remove the side panels and work on the shoulders safely.

    First thing I did was to take apart the shoulders and completely clear out the attachment points that held them to the main body. Basically the identical same thing ClutchKick did(he has great pictures of the process). I also cut a hole in the middle of them.
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    I then took the swivel from the arm assemebly of a junker 2007 movie Swindle:
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    I then placed the part I needed, the piece where the wheel connected, in the hollowed out cavity where the shoulders used to attach, very carefully adjusted it all and glued them into place. I also removed a very small tab from the side panels.
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    The results are these:
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    Shoulders are done!
    Now on to the arms themselves:
    I had to carefully carve out plastic to compensate for the flat-headed screws:
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    As you can see, there was some damage but I fixed it with putty afterwards. And so far the transformation is completely unaffected.

    Next up, the bicep swivels!
    For this part, I took the thumb pieces from 2 spare CW hand/foot guns and carved out the pin holes into staple shapes that fit into the arm cavities with long enough pins and cut the biceps just above where the top of the bottom of the staple is(sorry for the confusion:p ):
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    After adjusting everything, I just cut the "staple" to free up the bicep rotation and VOILÀ!
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    And I filled in the gaps with putty afterwards.

    After that, let's see how the waist got done:

    First thing's first I freed the knees from that STUPID AND POINTLESS middle strut that made the knees themselves practicaly useless. Then I could remove the legs.
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    FYI: You do need to remove the knee strut- thing before you can remove the legs at the hip. Otherwise it won't really work.

    After that inconvenience got dealt with, I guessed where the dead centre would be and just drilled a hole straight through into the middle support strut on the inside. This is where the torso and waist will be connected from now on. And I also cut the waist from the torso:
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    Then, after finding a suitable flat-headed pin with a threaded bottom, I strengthened the connection with styrene and superglue and drilled a hole in the waist horizontally for good measure:
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    Next on the chopping block are the hips and thighs:
    After taking apart the thighs and hollowing them out, I also took apart the hip and thigh assembly from one of my various Energon Slugslingers that are meant for parts, made ALOT of cuts and adjustments and sealed the deal while taking extra care to not lockup E.S' knee swivels.

    FYI: I actually like Energon Slugslinger. Very unique mold.
    And as a bonus, Energon Slugslinger's balljoints are on pins. Too easy!
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    And with some adjustments to blend it all toghether:
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    So far so nice. The very last piece of articulation is just some very simple foot tilt. I filled the feet in with putty, cut them and drilled a pin into them:
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    SOOOO, what do we get after ALL that?

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    V FOR VICTORY!!! And a cameo by Pyro(and his equipment that is also being worked on. Pyro himself is complete).

    I hope you enjoy, and stay tuned because this project is NOT OVER YET!

    See you next update!
     

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  2. The13Primes

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    Im really loving these customs
    Amazing work as always
     
  3. DrakenDaWolfy

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    alright! Rotorstorm time! hopefully we can see more!
     
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    i highly suggest looking into getting yourself some lego ball joints. They are very easy to work with and i've used them myself for many different customs to give articulation. You wouldnt have to butcher other bots to get that articulation and do all that extra work. carve out a space for the joint and glue it into place and they work perfectly.

    but for what you did it looks good.
     
  5. MaverickPrime

    MaverickPrime Mechanical Engineer-to be

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    Wow, that's amazing!
     
  6. ClutchKick

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    Oh man, I can't believe I'm still being referenced after all these years! Thanks for the credit, and brilliant job taking Rotorstorm to the next level! My dear little departed bunny Ichabod (who had a cameo in the pictures of my original post), would be delighted to know people are still seeing him! Great work, keep it up, and never stop being creative.
     
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    Hello everyone. Let's get ready too update!
    I believe you will be happy with this one.

    In the last update, I mentioned that Rotorstorm needed some serious repairs. So I needed to find acceptable parts to fix and upgrade him. Well guess what: I did it in one fell swoop 2 days after said update.

    Without any further adeu, I present to you all the micro-segment Upgrading Rotorstorm: PT.1: Let's get too it!

    Here are the parts that I found and will be working with:
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    Don't worry, the Tomahawk wings are random spares that where given to me months ago in a parts bin. There is no way I'm ruining Tomahawk just for parts!

    First of all, I filled in a bunch of holes and repaired the crack near the rotorblade connection point with putty. I also added a pin to the back fins to replace the broken peg that helped it stay together in vehicule mode:
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    Then I tackled the BIGGEST of the problems my poor RS suffered from: the fact that dispite being a helicopter, he can't fly because he HAS NO ROTORBLADE! Let's fix that right now:

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    So I took the rotorblade assembly connector from a random Marvel Crossover helicopter Spiderman, again just randomly given to me as seen in the first picture and just that 1 part as is(huh), and attached to it spare rotorblades that I had already lying around from a CW Blades(whom I'd converted into a submarine last summer. I will show that custom at a later date) with pins. I then tightened the middle and drilled a hole in RS's top too attach it properly.

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    I added styrene and putty for stabelizing the pin. The bottom of the rotorblade assembly fit into the hole perfectly interestingly enough.

    this is what I got from that:
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    Next step was to fix his wings.

    Oh, my apologies, I meant to say give him a new pair since he was flat out missing one of his origionals.

    And that meant 2 things to me given the wings I was working with: finding suitable ball joints and building brackets to mount them on to the legs with.

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    The ball joints took me a while to find, but after a few days of thinking and searching through my parts bins, I found a broken AOE Voyager Grimlock who is missing half his dino head and both his dino arms BUT is not a complete loss. So I used the ball joints where said dino arms would have gone.

    Then I decided to make some adjustable sliding brackets.

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    And not much room to work with. But still...

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    The foot helps to tighten and stablelize it. And with one more adjustment to the design,
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    Done. The brackets slide out nicely(if not snugly) to give the unmodded wings some clearence for vehicule mode and tucks back in too streamline the look a bit in robot mode.

    Not a complicated mod, but it required some precise cuts.

    Last thing I added was an underslung gun to the vehicule mode. I think it makes sense because despite being labbled as a Cybertronien helicopter, RS's alt mode is pretty clearly based off of either a Bell AH-1 Huey Cobra:
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    OR a Bell AH-1 Huey SuperCobra
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    So after using a leftover thumb joint from a CW hand/foot gun(seriously, I have alot of these!) and the leftover gun part from an Energon Superion Maximus hand/foot part(because I got the upgrade kit), some styrene and part of a peg from a junker CW scout class Groove:
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    I got this:
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    All of this upgrading resulted in:
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    A nice improvement as far as I'm concerned. FYI, the underslung gun is attached by a small pinhole and can turn a bit. The barrel can also look up about a micrometre and down all the way. It's also removeable for robot mode.

    Speaking of which:
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    It may not be his Jet engine guns(YET) but still works nicely.

    Interestingly enought, this side-arm does have some unexpected and bizzar storage for robot mode:
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    It's just pure friction between the barrel and the blue tabs, but is surprisingly sturdy. And he can kind of reach it:
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    Again, I want to re-itarate that I did not plan this at all. It just happens to work.

    But what I do have planed is to add a few extra details here and there to him overall. But that will be for the next update, Upgrading Rotorstorm: PT.2(tertiary title TBA)!

    I hope you enjoyed and I will see you in the next update!
     
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    Rotorstorm...Rotorstorm...oh yeah! The last time I saw this guy it was like eight years ago or something, getting his face shot off by Overlord. Good times. Overall, this whole series is one to watch.
     
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    This is impressive, I really enjoy the WIP pics are very informative
     
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    Very impressive work!
     
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    This is spectacular work all around.
     
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    Really cool! Some of these g2 figures were really great to begin with.
     
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    Good modifies! I like see this work.
    About the rifle, do you think to improve the aesthetics? for example tracking panel lines...
     
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    Hello everyone. I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! And a late gift, for you see: the time has come thrice now. To end yet another chapter in this saga.

    Let's kick off 2021 right with the end of TurboREmastered Pt.3: Rotorstorm!
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    Robot mode:
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    I have to admit, he came out MUCH nicer that I thought he would.

    He is handpainted with:
    Citadel White Scar
    Citadel Yriel Yellow
    Citadel Kantor Blue
    Citadel Lothern Blue
    Citadel Wazdakka Red
    Citadel Moot Green
    Testors Metallic Silver
    Gundam Black panel lining marker
    Custom blended pink: Citadel White Scar and Wazdakka Red(I tried matching the OG stickers)

    The base mold is the OG G1.5 Rotorstorm( Yeah baby!) The extra parts are from Marvel Crossover Helicopter Spider-Man, CW hand/foot gun thumbpiece, Energon Slugslinger, HFTD Tomahawk and scratch built parts.

    The machine gun is made from styrene, junker CW scout class Groove, CW hand/foot gun thumbpiece hinge, junker Energon Superion Maximus hand/foot gun.

    The jet engine guns are made from CW hand/foot gun, CW Optimus Prime Rifle, a plastic roller for small plastic bags, the caps from 2 small hand sanitizer pumps, a transparent plastic tube, a spare paintbrush cap and scartch built parts.

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    I kept the gold and gunmetal grey on purpose as I feel it looks to nice to tamper with.
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    I touched up the scratches to the cockpit and added panel lining to the vents.

    Let's take a look at extra mods I did and the extra weapon:

    Here are the 2 last mods I did. And very neccesary ones:
    Firstly, weapon storage:
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    And secondly, adjustable heels(made from E.Slugslinger's landing gear!):
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    The machine gun:
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    It's meant too resemble a minituarized Browning type gun. And can be stored in the new slots I made:
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    On to vehicule mode:
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    The jet engine guns:
    Before:
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    Now:
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    And at this point, you know my gimmick for this series, but what would these turn into?
    These:
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    2 halves of 1 weapon: a Jet Engine Sniper Rail-cannon!
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    I though that since R.S' function within the Turbomasters is reconnaisance, a sniper rifle like weapon made sense. And his former placement give's him the neccesary skills to wield something like a railgun so why not a prototype hydrid of both?

    For the sake of stability, it can hook into the storage slots:
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    I mean snipers are meant to be fairly stationnary, right?

    This also means:
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    Shoulder mounting options!

    Now for for group fun! Firstly:
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    OH YEAH! Forgot too mention that in vehicule mode he retains his origional spring loaded "attack" mode gimmick fully intact.

    And in robot mode:
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    BOOM! And Thunderclash finaly showed up(his jet engine weapons and trailer are currently at the backend of a VERY cluttered self. Long story short: Got a new extra display cabinet(needed it!), reorganizing parts of my collection and new figures, currently BIG MESS! Stiĺl having fun!)

    But as fun as this is, aren't we forgetting something?

    What about that second emblem on his right shoulder?

    Oh yeah! He was a membre of the Wreckers during the events of the Great War!

    Well, hear is an extra segment just for fun!

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    Here he is with MOST of his origional Wrecker team during the Great War in my headcannon continuity.

    I say most of his Wrecker team because there are at least 5 members missing from this picture. 1 of them is Bulkhead, whom I'm going to customize from scratch, and the others are OC'S that got started but are incomplete and currently in pieces.

    For clearance, the Wreckers are present and active during the Great War WFC(Seasons 1,2, The Movie,3,4, The Headmasters, Super-God Masterforce and Victory). They where formed by Impactor shortly after the events of WFC(The game)

    The Turbomasters where formed during the events of G2. I.E: the invasion of Cybertron by Jihaxus and the Swarm.

    Rotorstorm is one of the only 4 members to survive. The others being Broadside, Scoop(with Caliburst and Holepunch) and Sandstorm. Recoil also survived but that's because Kup died of old age before the events of G2. His re-telling of my continuity's events of Wings Of Honor is his last story to the Dinobots and young transformers before he passes. PS(Thunderclash DID NOT exist all the way back then!)

    So both teams didn't exist at the same time.
    That also means that at the time when R.S was with the Wreckers, his jet engine guns DID NOT transform into an sniper railgun at all! They where regular big guns.The Turbotech that makes the Turbomasters what they are and let's their jet engines transform into powerfull firearms was invented during G2 as a response to the threat of the Swarm!(Then Jihaxus showed up afterwards, great).


    But:
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    Ah, what if scenarios. You gotta love them.

    And a HUGE FYI: The Impactor in this picture is not a custom of my own making. It has the honor of being the only custom in my collection that I had commitioned to be made for me, I want to say somewhere around 2013. And by none other then TFW'S very own Unicron9. From what I remembre him telling me all those years ago, at the time it was the second one of these that he had made like this.

    I'm still extremely proud of this piece and very gratefull to him for it. I wish him the best of luck in current fight!


    And that will do nicely for this update I think.

    I hope you liked it and the extra lore that I shared. Trust me, there is ALOT of it! I just wish I knew wich part of the forum to post it on.

    Thus end chapter 3 of project TurboRemastered.

    And now this is usually the part where I reveal the next entry in the TurboRemastered series.

    BUT I will be taking a SHORT break form this series for I want to say 1 or 2 custom's worth of time. For 3 reasons:

    1. I've recently figured out how to proceed with another custom project that I showed before. It's been on the backburner for a long time and I've gotten the URGE to get back to it and finish it. It's my Galvatronus and the Dreads project. Then there is another Wreckers related project that is LOOONG overdue for a wrap-up(try to spot it in the Wrecker's picture:) )
    2. I don't want to risk burning myself out with the Turbomasters, so taking a short break from them and continuing other previously started projects to mix it up sounds like a good idea.
    3. I have a very BIG(hint) idea for this entire project that I haven't made a decision on yet and I think it is best that I do decide how to proceed first before I continue. For another hint, look at Thunderclash and his teammates. That's the only other hint you are all getting. I look forward to the guesses:) 

    And do not worry AT ALL, for the last 3(I did not stutter or misstype) members of this team WILL see the light of day within my project when I return too it in project TurboREmastered Pt.4!(Again, after my short break). I will let you guess who the subject of Pt.4 is. I already know;) 

    But as alway, I hope you all liked it and see you next time!
     

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    Thank you for your kind words. And I appologize it took me so long to replie to you. It's always nice to here back from those that inspired you.

    And I am very gratefull for your efforts and picture guide otherwise I wouldn't have even tried to use G1.5 Rotorstorm in the first place.

    Thanks again and I'm also happy that more people will know of Ichabod as well. Too cute! May he rest in peace.
     
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    Wow, that Rotorstorm is beefy! Death from above!
     
  18. Mega Prowl

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    Huh, looks interesting that this figure gets updated, and a year later, we get a Rotorstorm figure in Generations Selects, but he's remolded from Siege Spinister. I do have the Generations Selects Rotorstorm figure. your custom Rotorstorm still looks good, though.
     
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