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Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby wulongti » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:56 am

Weapon: Battle Blades
I've gotten my first Alpha tests prints in hand and I have quite a few changes/tweaks that need to be made before this guy is ready for public release.

I ordered the parts in White Strong Flexible Polished and the eye and light channel parts in Transparent Detail. During this test I tried going without the usual sprues on small parts thinking that just maybe I wouldn't need them. As it turned out, the print job ended up taking way longer than normal and when I did get the parts in hand I was missing several portions of Nail's kit and had doubles of a couple of Disposal's parts. For example I ended up with 3 feet and 3 thigh bones, 2 of Disposal's chest panels and none of Nail's.

I also was planning on ordering a protoskeleton in Alumide Polished but that portion of the order got cancelled stating the parts were too small to polish. (Even though the exact same parts in WSF got polished.. go figure). I sprued the connector joints and reordered and had those cancelled on me too. So I sprued the whole thing up and reordered in WSFP. It's on it's way. Still need a complete set of Nail armor though.

When assembling the parts I do have (enough for a complete Disposal) I found that the polished ball joints were so incredibly loose that they would barely hold together. It was like I had a tiny marionette but without strings. I glued all of the connector joints into their skeletal base sockets and added a glue layer to thicken the ball where it would connect to the limb bones. He stands on his own now but I'm not brave enough yet to try posing him.

That said, I've made some changes to the protoskeleton so that the connector joints are already a part of the base skeletal parts rather than having to plug into them. This will sacrifice a bit of articulation but hopefully should make for a stronger part. I've already ordered this update to use w/ Nail.

The other concern is the size. It's all well and good for me to design these and order them and do what I have to to make it work but it's another thing to expect paying customers to do the same. The tolerances are just too tight at this scale for Shapeways to handle effectively so I'm going to scale up the figure a bit. The resulting figure will end up being about 3.5" instead of the current ~2". I want to keep the end price for this guy as low as possible so I may try a test at this scale but with enlarged balls, anticipating the polishing process.

Here's Disposal partially assembled, next to a Kreon for scale.
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The visor was printed in transparent detail material which has a yellow tint to it. I colored it using a dry erase marker.. lol
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Next to the Kreon and legends Megatron for scale
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with the Kreon and legends Prowl
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Here, I'm shining a small flashlight over him to show off how the light piping works. I think this might be the smallest transformer figure to have light piping ever.. but I'm not sure ^__^
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with the source material ^__^
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Re: Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby Anonymous. » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:42 pm

Fantastic work dude!
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Re: Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby Va'al » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:14 pm

Motto: "Till All Are Pun!"
That looks amazingly adorable! :APPLAUSE:
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Re: Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby Tresob » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:09 pm

Speechless! That's just...wow...speechless!
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Re: Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby BeastProwl » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:16 pm

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Awesome. Just...wow.

Ever consider commisions? More than transformers? This has major potential, as ive said before, you can make action figures of ANYONE with these! Simply astounding.
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Re: Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby wulongti » Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:41 am

Weapon: Battle Blades
Blurrz wrote:Fantastic work dude!

Thanks man, a few more tests to do and he'll be ready for sale ^__^

Va'al wrote:That looks amazingly adorable! :APPLAUSE:

Thanks, I'm really looking forward to seeing how well Explorer and Bartender (Pipes and Swerve) turn out :D

Tresob wrote:Speechless! That's just...wow...speechless!

thanks man, let me know if you're interested in designing some armor sets.


BeastProwl wrote:Awesome. Just...wow.

Ever consider commisions? More than transformers? This has major potential, as ive said before, you can make action figures of ANYONE with these! Simply astounding.

thanks a lot, I've gotten a few commissions for different custom parts but nothing for this line. My goal is to build up an armor parts library so that people can mix and match parts to create their own OCs. I have several of my own OC designs that I'm planning on doing in this line so we'll see how they are received.

I've also started sketching ideas out for a human based figure in collaboration with Kidmechano from Go Go Dynamo (modibot.com). I don't know if anything will come of that but he's open to the idea of partnering ideas and mech suits/exo frames.
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Re: Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby RAcast » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:38 pm

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This is fantastic work!! I can't wait to see this finished, I might have to make this my first Shapeways putchase when you finish it! I just picked up Cybertrpn Swerve, and he'll need his little buddy. XD
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Re: Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby morphobots » Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:32 pm

Absolutely astonishing. Hope your modifications work out for you, I'd really like to see this released.
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Re: Action Formers - Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) - in hand

Postby wulongti » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:45 pm

Weapon: Battle Blades
thanks a lot guys. I'm shooting for a June public release but I'll be doing a few more beta tests before then.
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