Optimus Prime - Large Scale Scratch Build

Discussion in 'Gallery & Designs' started by tomhom, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. tomhom

    tomhom New Member

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    Hi all

    I’ve decided to start a new thread now that i have done the hand the old one can be found here
    http://forum.zealot.com/t157142/#post803285

    After a lot of fiddling over the weekend I’ve managed to make a wrist I’m happy with

    Dscf1809.jpg
    First up this is the socket for the hand to go in, I won’t be gluing this in as i want it to be removable so i can attach his axe and what not

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    this is the turntable for the whole wrist so that it will have 360 degree movement

    Dscf1812.jpg
    this is the finished wrist

    01.jpg
    this shows the movement of the socket

    02.jpg
    This shows the movement of the turntable

    Now to get started on the forearm and elbow

    Tom
  2. rlc321

    rlc321 Gundam designer wannabe

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    wow

    jawdrop wow im really looking forward to seeing this one it looks great so far.
    rob:thumb:
  3. yaniv

    yaniv Active Member

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    1/1 optimus prime :)
  4. NSCXP2005

    NSCXP2005 Member

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    tomhom,

    would you consider making templates of this so everybody can make it?
  5. OhioMike

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    Heck...i would just like to find a detailed model of a Cabover semi!!! Heck with the Transformer!
    Mike
  6. OylPslyk

    OylPslyk Aspiring Usurper

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    I, I... well.. I just have nothing to say?!?... i'm speechless!

    AWESOME!!
  7. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Active Member

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    Totally SUPER COOL!!! :D
  8. CK Styles

    CK Styles Senior Member

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    Wowser, Tom. You def think big and your wife rocks for letting you do this. I would love to see any templates you might have for the hand and wrist. That alone would be a cool build!!!!!
  9. tomhom

    tomhom New Member

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    Hi guys

    Thanks for all your comments
    about the templates i had considered releasing them but I’m doing this all by hand, eye, trail and error no computers, i have been keeping track of the templates for all the pieces (i need to for the other arm and maybe other transformers:twisted:) i could scan them in and clean them up but that will have to wait till I’ve finished as i want to plod on with this while i still have the passion

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    these are the templates i done up to now i design them first then just cut round them many many times to get the bits i need

    Tom
  10. NSCXP2005

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    excellent, I would definately like to make this when you have finished
  11. tomhom

    tomhom New Member

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    Just a quick update to show the arm communicator

    Closed
    Dscf1821.jpg

    Open
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    I'm going to let you good people decide on who's picture will go on the screen which ever two (one on each arm) gets the most votes by the time i come round to texturing it will be the winner's
  12. CK Styles

    CK Styles Senior Member

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    saaaaaaweeeet!
  13. xavs

    xavs Member

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    Great job

    Hope to see these thing moving soon
    :inw::inw::inw::inw::inw::inw::inw::inw::inw:
  14. Stev0

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    Even if you only complete one arm... adding some wires to the end and a blast mark would make for a great model. =X
  15. tomhom

    tomhom New Member

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    Hi Guys

    After a long painful wall1wall1wall1design a bit of a break then a coffee accident:curse::curse::curse: (accident my backside) the elbow joint is finished

    these pics are off the internal skeleton (before the coffee)

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    these are off the the finished product with paneling (after the coffee)
    the coffee which went all over the pistons and the underneath of it so that needed ripping out and rebuilding

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    a few close-ups of the pistons and socket details

    05.jpg

    next up the forearm so i can put all these pieces together hopefully wont take to long as it is just a big box and no moving parts:thumb:
  16. clif52

    clif52 Banned

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    Great design. I'm watching this one with great intrest. I love building with corrugated cardboard.

    Have you thought about coating each section with Minwax wood hardener. It makes the cardboard almost like fiberglass board. I used some Christmas as an experiment. I made my 3 year old granddaughter a basketball backboard for a kids small ball. I filled in the edge with styrofoam paint using a scrap piece of cardboard as a squeegee, let it dry, sanded, spray painted from behind using bumper black plastic spray. I made a graphic and got a friend to print it on a poster printer then I sealed it with a piece of scrap safety film for glass from work. It looked like a high gloss fiberglass backboard. I have wondered about filling a shallow tray with the Minwax wood hardener and dipping the cardboard into it to get a better coating. It works though.
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    OylPslyk Aspiring Usurper

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    Freakin Sweet!

    oh, and my sympathies to your tired (i'm sure) fingers from workin so much cardboard! :thumb:
  18. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

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    That's... Holy crap, it's not a model! It's how you'd build the real thing!!
  19. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

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    Man, if that was finished (painted and w/ smokestack), It would look pretty neat hanging on my wall:mrgreen:

    Ok, just kidding. That arm is still seriously awesome. Maybe you could actualy rig up some electronics and create the world's first Optimus Prime animatronic?:mrgreen:sign1
  20. tomhom

    tomhom New Member

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    Hi Guys

    Well i've finished the forearm bit hard then i thought it might be, trying to get something this big to be a straight box is a bugger

    Here's an internal pic
    Dscf1831.jpg

    Here's the completed arm
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    A close up of the communicator
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    A close up of the elbow
    Dscf1834.jpg

    And a scale pic with a Masterpiece Prime
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    Now might have noticed that its a right arm but a left hand :cry: that shouldn't be a problem since the hand is removable anyway but i feel the hand is a bit to small so im going to have to either modify this one or make a new one wall1wall1wall1
    So it might be a while before i start the shoulder

    Thanks for listening