Studio Series Ultimate Optimus Prime (SS-44 Repaint/upgrades)

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Studio Series Ultimate Optimus Prime (SS-44 Repaint/upgrades)

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:05 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
"For today, in the name of freedom, we take the battle to them."

Optimus Prime in Dark of the Moon is what I think of when I think Optimus Prime. There have been lots of great Optimus Prime figures over the years, but I have always been wanting a definitive DOTM version. Quite a few years later, Studio Series provided! The figure itself is fantastic, but there were a few upgrades I wanted to make.

The upgrades to SS-44 include:

- Updated paint apps on Prime, the trailer, and weapons.
- Swapped legs with SS-05 for the foldable leg pieces.
- Added smokestacks for truck mode (still kind of a WIP)
- Added some more weapons to complete the arsenal (Striker rifle, Energon hooks, SS-05's blades)

- Weapons -

Weapons1.jpg

Repainted Axe and handheld Sword from SS-44

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Unchanged blades from SS-05 and repainted shield from SS-44

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Repainted Ion Blaster from SS-44 and Energon hooks from the DOTM retool of Battle Blades Prime (with slots cut so they can fit in the arm panels of SS-44).

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Painted up Striker Rifle from Shapeways

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Painted up Jetwing guns from SS-44

- Vehicle Mode & Trailer -

Vehicle mode saw the addition of several new paint apps (mostly silver), some chrome, new smokestacks, and a gloss coat. I had intended to use the same plastic pieces I used on SS-05 for smokestacks, but the smokestack stubs on SS-32/44 were remolded and are slightly larger, ruling that out as an option. I recently found some drinking straws that I doubled up to fit on the figure. They are easily removable (which is nice) but are also a little wider than I would like. I may look into more alternatives in the future, but they get the job done for now.
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Prime (without trailer) with his Autobots.

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Better view of the truck mode.

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Rear view of the truck mode.

The trailer was completely painted over in silver, then the blue lining and details were added. The wheels were chromed and the area above the tires was painted a metallic gunmetal. Finally, The red and white reflective bits and taillights finished off the paint apps for the trailer.

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Re: Studio Series Ultimate Optimus Prime (SS-44 Repaint/upgrades)

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:16 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
TruckandTrailer3.jpg


- Robot Mode -

Robot mode saw a lot of silver/gunmetal paint to cover the gray on the original figure, as well as a lot of gold/blue details. I was originally going to leave the silver windows from SS-44, but after adding a lot of different shades of silver/gunmetal/dark gray I decided to paint them gloss black so they'd stand out more. I'm glad I did, I really like how it turned out!
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"Ratchet, let's roll.

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PieceOfTin.jpg

"Piece of tin."

GetDownHereSentinel.jpg

"You were the one who taught me freedom is everyone's right."

WhoWouldYouBeWithoutMe.jpg

"Besides. . . who would you be without me, Prime?"
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Re: Studio Series Ultimate Optimus Prime (SS-44 Repaint/upgrades)

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:31 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
DOTMPosterPose.jpg


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- Jetwing pack -

Bringing it all together, I painted up the Jetpack, going over it with silver and adding some detail work, as well as some dry brushing to simulate the look from the movie. Much like on Prime himself there are some sections that should have flames, but that's not currently something I'm able to paint. I was able to add the blue paint on those sections, though.

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Prime with the completed armory and showing how the smokestacks look in robot mode (and a cameo from Bandai R2-D2)

Well, there it is! I'm super happy with how it turned out, I am sorry about the washed-out pictures though, I'll be messing with the saturation on them soon to get them looking more like they should. I'd be happy to hear any feedback you have!

Paint used:
- Testor's enamels:
- Metallic silver
- Metallic gold
- Flat red
- Gloss dark blue
- Gloss tangerine
- Flat white

Testor's sprays:
- Metallic silver
- Clear gloss coat

Other:
- Black Model Wash (grill detailing)
- Decoart acrylic metallic gunmetal
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