MP-01 Optimus Prime Modifications

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Re: MP-01 Optimus Prime Modifications

Postby Wraith Verge » Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:21 am

Motto: ""Who dares, wins""
Weapon: Gatling Cannon
Milestone report:

Then:

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Now:

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Stay tuned gang: more exciting goodies to be installed....
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Re: MP-01 Optimus Prime Modifications

Postby Wraith Verge » Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:34 am

Motto: ""Who dares, wins""
Weapon: Gatling Cannon
Thanks guys, but you haven't seen anything yet! I'm going to do another long update here...

UPDATE:

First off, I wonder if Rumble or Frenzy would retain bladder control in the face of this?

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Roller's MASER Cannon, Deck Gun mode:

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CS, two of Contruct-Bots Soundwave's guns really came in handy for Roller; now he has guns that can mount on him in alt mode, and he can go in "two gun" style against that sawed-off little punk Frenzy:

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Yeah, the deck may look a little too busy now; I have to paint some silver back onto it and tone down the detail a bit:

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More detail for the combat mech's base:

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Continuing to detail the deck, right side...

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And the left (please forgive the blurry pic):

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More pics on a more professional background per se:

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The blue markings on the sides of the trailer are temporary as you'll see in a bit. Also, a latching system is now in place for the tailgate/ramp. Parts kindly donated by craftsmith now serve to lock the ramp in pace (as seen near the top rear of the trailer in a few pics).

I thought about using foil tape, but ultimately decided against it. it was just too much of a contrast and didn't really look right in tests. If my current idea doesn't work, I can still use it, but for now, I have a different technique I used:


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Believe it or not, the silver and the blue striping are both masking tape; I'm just waiting for them to dry fully, which is why they have slight wrinkles. I found that painting silver, then silver/ pearlescent mix (50/50), then coating the work with DecoArt Triple Thick Glaze gives it an almost chrome-like finish. Not quite there, but good enough for this project. The blue is DecoArt Metallic blue painted onto masking tape , which was then cut and applied to the silver in strips, then coated at the same time with the glaze.



Progress pics:

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Inside the bay:

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The displays are all G1 sticker scans, with the diagnostic of Optimus turned vertical (and some work to make the outline look more like Optimus!). After printing them to scale, I glued them to the back of clear plastic, and mounted them to the inside areas of the Combat Deck.


Classic G1 display:

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Classic "Your skidplate is electro-grass, and I'm the nuclear-powered lawnmower!" display:

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Not a good time to ask Prime about his opinion of Megatron:

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I then did more work, with decals kindly donated by craftsmith. :) The ones on the side of the trailer had to be done by hand (very complicated and not my best work); the one on the front of the trailer was one of the ones sent to me:

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I also took the time to devise a new hitch system for the trailer: only the peg slips in and is held by Prime's lower legs. The rotation system is held in the trailer, where it turns on a pinion/collar system:

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The peg fit into place (trailer detached so you can see the pin in place):

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The pin rotates very freely, yet stays in the trailer quite well. This prevents Prime's legs from having the lock mechanism "popped" open.


Right side symbol:

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Left:

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The only way I could do these was to scan the labels into the computer and reprint them at 185% on masking tape. I then hand-painted the details in (which explains the soft lines and unevenness) and applied them to the trailer.

Then, I finally managed to engineer a fold-out pylon to support the front end of the combat deck when the trailer is transformed:

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(Yeah, I know it looks like a leg. :| )


In any event, it now supports the deck and trailer modes, so I don't need to put anything under it when it is displayed alone in either mode:

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Stay tuned...
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Re: MP-01 Optimus Prime Modifications

Postby Railbomb » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:02 pm

Motto: "A leader who stays dead is the best kind."
Weapon: Sword
Just wondering, do you know how much have you spent on this? It looks pretty good except in a few spots but it just seems like all this would cost a lot unless you had most of it sitting around already.
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Re: MP-01 Optimus Prime Modifications

Postby Wraith Verge » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:39 pm

Motto: ""Who dares, wins""
Weapon: Gatling Cannon
Honestly, I lost count of the cost quite a while ago. And yeah: some spots are a bit rough, but those will be addressed in the final tweaking I'm planning once construction's over.
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Re: MP-01 Optimus Prime Modifications

Postby Wraith Verge » Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:10 am

Motto: ""Who dares, wins""
Weapon: Gatling Cannon
UPDATE:


Meet Spike Witwicky:


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I finished painting him, and wanted to show him in scale to Prime.

Also, I added some visibility stripes to my trailer (idea from Jbarb78):

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Then I went a bit farther and placarded it:

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I also did some more detailing to the underside of the trailer:

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I finally 'bashed in some proper headlights:-

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Still a little choppy, but serviceable. I need to repaint the truck grille and smooth out some stuff.

Then I went ahead and I did some edge-wear on Optimus:

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Stay tuned folks...going to wrap up the MP-01PLUS project in a bit, after I get some last minute stuff done and smooth out and repaint some trouble spots.
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Re: MP-01 Optimus Prime Modifications

Postby gin4wil@yahoo.com » Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:13 pm

"The assembled legs (retracted) and pelvic joint:"

Hi may i know how did you remove and retached the leg to the crotch join of OP?
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Re: MP-01 Optimus Prime Modifications

Postby Wraith Verge » Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:06 am

Motto: ""Who dares, wins""
Weapon: Gatling Cannon
I used two MP Prime waists: I cut the entire lower section from one, and cut the remainder from the other, then glued the two together. Here's my original post:
Wraith Verge wrote:Yeah, it took a lot of guts, but as the SAS motto says :"Who dares, wins".


Now, for some update pics:

I began by marking MP-01's waist for the trim line:

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Then, I cut down the spare crotch section I had from my stash of repair parts:

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The assembled legs (retracted) and pelvic joint:

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Same assembly, with new pelvic block in place and sanded for fit:

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I began cutting the "skirt" with the dremel tool; note that I had to revise the trim line on the pelvic piece:

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Skirt flaps trimmed, ready to be glued together permanently:

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The inside of the new pelvic assembly, needing some remedial sanding:

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A closer look:

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The two test-fitted together (revealed the extent I would have to revise the cut:

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Glued (devcon plastic welder) and sanded:

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I then sanded the upper hip joint housings so that the outer leg armor (when attached) would rotate smoothy around it:

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Where the project stands now:

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The legs look a bit skinny right now, once the leg armor additions up top are completed, that should be remedied. The current leg armor is just a dummy made of masking tape as a temporary stand in. I also may have to sand the pelvic block a bit more to get it to look appropriate.

Continuing work on this folks, stay tuned.
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