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G1 Masterpiece Skyfire

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G1 Masterpiece Skyfire

Postby Wikkid » Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:42 am

Tfmaster invited me here so I figured I'd lay up some pics of my second custom. The Smoked-screen beside him being the first. Anywho, I learned alot from this bash and may be making alterations when I do another one. Namely the chest panels being too large giving him a stubby look. To correct this, making the side slots of the cockpit shorter would allow for the chest pieces to be smaller in order to conceal them. Another change will be to create movable kneecaps. (As Skyfire had some pointy ol knobs) but couldn't here as they'd interfere with the arms in plane mode. The cargo bay is currently removable but I've divised a way to make it part of the overall design next time.

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The cargo bay and cockpit both open. There's a full control panel I cut out of the Rhino rig from MASK fame. One of the seats was also used. I'll be getting a HUD viewscreen sticker and other monitors later.

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All non Prime parts were hand made from steel. It's painted using Sikkens Autobase and clearcoat system. Same stuff that's used on todays cars making it resistant to UV rays or even most chemicals. Paint applied by airbrush and cleared using a conventional HVLP gravity feed gun. It weighs just under six pounds
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Postby Wikkid » Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:43 am

Anywho, here's the transformation.

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Stand it up using the usual Prime foot transformation


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Remove the cargo bay. Extend legs. There's a cover around back that flips open the same as Prime had to conceal his head. It flips back here all the same to allow the arms to pass. Shift cockpit to one side and slide arm around to back. Twist cockpit the other way and repeat with other arm.

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Cockpit down with both arms around back.

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Arms swing to side. Chest panels flip in.

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Chest panels slide in and lock onto cockpit concealing them little weapon pods. Arms down and fists out.
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Postby Wikkid » Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:44 am

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I forgot to mention that the backpack hangs out during all this making it unstable.

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Now the backpack pivots up into place and the wings slide in. And that's all there is doods.
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Postby Skullgrin140 » Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:42 am

Kickass work! Its really better than the G1 Jetfire alot
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Postby evilratbat » Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:00 pm

hello there wizzkid , i put a post up regards to the sky fire , you did to show off your work
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Postby TM 1987olds442 » Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:16 pm

Incredible work there Wikkid. I love the fact that you actually made it with sheet metal.
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Postby piranacon » Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:26 pm

did you need a lot of tools to work with the metal, what did you use?

alos show us more of that Smoked-screen he looks so abused lol
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Postby TFmaster » Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:53 pm

Welcome man! I'm glad to see you made it over here.

May I make a suggestion?

Now that you know basicly what and how you would go about things differently why not just sell this one one ebay, make a decent profit, then just invest in more materials and a MP Magnus.

This way the parts will already be white in key areas like the arms so the red doesn't look like it's bleeding through. (A problem you brought up over at TFans) And secondly since it's still fairly fresh and wanted on people's minds you might be able to make a decent enouph profit to buy a couple more prime molds. (More MP Bashes!!!)

Anyhoo, there is always room for improvement in this hobby as you already know and I personaly never really consider any of my Kitbashes "Done" just "Good Enouph".

Keep up the great work man. I really can't wait to see what you do next and it's cool to see you made it over here.

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Postby Soundwarp » Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:31 pm

Oh my lord that is amazing!
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Postby Wikkid » Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:32 pm

piranacon wrote:did you need a lot of tools to work with the metal, what did you use?


Tools needed for bash:

Metal brake
Mig welder (With sheilding gas)
Auto tint face sheild. (My batteries went dead, I didn't realize it and got welding flash as well as a major sunburn, teh ouch)
straight block sander
bench grinder, side grinder
dremel (Don't we all)
Measuring tools (micrometer, ruler/measuring tape, square)
cut-off wheel
band saw
drill/drill press
alot of patience
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Postby wldchld0783_338 » Sat Feb 04, 2006 7:42 pm

aaaaaaaaand how much did all of this cost you to make?
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Postby Wikkid » Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:21 pm

OMEGAPRIME1983 wrote:aaaaaaaaand how much did all of this cost you to make?


Just the bash was $100.00 Canadian which was for the Prime. I wouldn't consider tools a bash cost cause I use them for automotive restoration. Also, all shop supplies are free as my boss doesn't charge for materials on anything we do.
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Postby wldchld0783_338 » Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:09 am

hmm.... would you possibley be willing to make these and sell them as TFM mentioned above??
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Postby Cyclone_X_2075 » Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:38 am

holy cow, that custom looks amazing, with very neat paint applications, very smooth
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Postby TM TM2 Dinobot » Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:10 pm

That is most impressive!
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Postby b0bb33z3r » Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:01 pm

absolutely beautiful work!! :)
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Postby TM JAF » Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:52 pm

Gorgeous work. But I have to ask, what did you need a micrometer for?
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Postby Pepie » Mon Feb 06, 2006 2:45 am

Stunning to say the least.. cant believe you made a Jetfire out of a MP Prime.
Thumbs up, especially since it's your second custom :shock:
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Postby Anthony-aggro » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:12 am

JAF wrote:Gorgeous work. But I have to ask, what did you need a micrometer for?


Why wouldn't you need a micrometer?

Etalon makes good ones.
Later there will be something better here.
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Postby Six Two One » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:04 pm

Holy crap!!!! :shock:
THAT IS MARVELOUS!!!!
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Postby TM Devastator » Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:35 pm

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Postby ptitvite » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:17 am

I was considering making a G1 Skyfire for my next project.
Looking at yours makes me reconsider. You did an amazing job..really stuning. I'll probably make one but I know that it may never be as good as yours. You really put your heart into this one! I love it! Despite some comments you got about his legs too short or whatever, it may only help you make another one even better. Still, this Skyfire IS a masterpiece!Making another is not neccessary, you've already got first prize with this one! :D :D :D
Incredible!
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Postby TM JAF » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:34 am

Mon dats Wikkkiddd! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Seriously man. You've done such a pro job that it almost looks like it came straight out of Hasbro's labs (you know, the imaginary Hasbro where every TF is a fan fav?)

You deserve the highest compliments on this. Simply amazing.
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Postby Wikkid » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:01 pm

Thanx for the comments doods. I'm gonna try to get around here more often. I didn't even know we had to submit pics for the galleries until a week ago. I just thought you doods displayed those that were worth displaying. Anywho, I'm currently in pre-planning stages for a toon accurate fully posable Shockwave that should fit in with my G1 figures.


And I made a mistake about the micrometer, I actually meant caliper. I used it to make sure every part that required two pieces (Chest, etc) were the same size.
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Postby TM JAF » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:04 pm

And I made a mistake about the micrometer, I actually meant caliper. I used it to make sure every part that required two pieces (Chest, etc) were the same size.


LOL! I knew it! Thanks for mentioning that. Some people probably though me even more of a freak after that mic comment.

Can't wait to see more!
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