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#1 **VPrime**

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 07:43 PM

I've been wanting to do a non-bike Arcee for a while now but haven't found a feminine enough mold for it to work. But looking at movie 08 Camaro Bumblebee I saw alot of feminine features. Still it wasn't feminine enough so I had to make some modifications to make the mold more feminine looking.

Modifications I made:
1. cut off tab on the side front fenders to allow it to rotate all the way up in bot mode. This made the chest more narrow (therefore more feminine I think).
2. Narrowed the hip joints
3. Cut a tab in the side back fenders to allow it to rotate more and this allowed the leg to be straightened out more making the leg longer and more slim looking.
4. Removed Bumblebee's "toes" and attached Deluxe Movie Arcee's high heel boots. Again, to give her more length in the leg. She is now about 3 cm taller than Bumblebee.
5. Replaced BB's head with a Hydrospaned Energon Arcee's head.
6. The guns are "sawed off" Classics Astrotrain's rifle (and these can be placed in between the legs in car mode like Bumblebee's gun)

BTW, I don't like pink stripes or pink anything (although the license plate is) in car mode. It looks plain but I prefer that than pink stripes. I think there is enough pink in bot mode.















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Posted 03 February 2008 - 08:05 PM

Nice work, the hood pieces flipping up on either side of her head work nicely as an homage to the car pieces that ended up on her back on the G1 animation model. That's some nice custom work on the legs too, and it's nice that you avoided making a goofy, Pepto Bismol colored Camaro, instead choosing white for the car.
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 08:20 PM

Wow, I really like how this turned out.

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 01:36 AM

awesome, i'd buy that in a heartbeat if hasbro ever made it. I have to agree, its great to finally see an arcee that isn't flooded with pink. if you wanted to put stripes on her car form, i'd suggest using gold,

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#5 Detour

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 02:26 AM

Nice.

I'm impressed at how nicely the Basic class Arcee's head fits on the body.

You're far too young to be this bitter and angry at the world....

I'm reading that with Roy's voice. Heck, I read everything you post in a laconic Irish accent.

 


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Posted 04 February 2008 - 04:23 AM

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 05:00 AM

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I'm impressed at how nicely the Basic class Arcee's head fits on the body.


It doesn't. It's an enlarged recast.

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:06 AM

That is awesome!

Pity her hips are so narrow, but that's unavoidable. Still, Arcee as a CAR!!! That's awesome!

#9 Detour

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:50 AM

QUOTE(mx-01 archon @ Feb 4 2008, 05:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Detour @ Feb 3 2008, 11:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm impressed at how nicely the Basic class Arcee's head fits on the body.


It doesn't. It's an enlarged recast.

Oh, crud. I missed that on the description. icon-ball.gif icon-wildride.gif

You're far too young to be this bitter and angry at the world....

I'm reading that with Roy's voice. Heck, I read everything you post in a laconic Irish accent.

 


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Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:51 AM

That is a million times better then the movie Arcee we got icon-silverbolt.gif
oh and flipping the front finders up to make her thinning, and to emulate g1 Arcee's shoulder pads is pure love
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 01:36 PM

that is an awesome arcee

completely awesome

awesome job

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 02:27 PM

Man, this kitbash is awesome in how you managed to change it so much while making so few changes to the actual design. I may have to buy an 08 Bee myself now to kitbash my own figure in a similar way. : ) Great work on it.

Yes, I'm working with those sort of sprites now. :p

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 08:06 PM

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That is awesome!

Pity her hips are so narrow, but that's unavoidable. Still, Arcee as a CAR!!! That's awesome!


Actually the hips on this 08 Camaro Bumblebee mold was originally wider. I narrowed it because I like the thinner waist/narrower hip look on females.


Thanks for the comments everyone!


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Posted 11 February 2008 - 01:30 AM

HOLY CRAP! that ROCKS!

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 06:34 AM

WOH! Niiiiice!

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 11:00 AM

as per usual, another job well done!!! I especially like that you put her cycle feet on. I'm not familiar with the method you used to recast the head, could you throw up a little detail about that? just a blurb about what you did to do that?
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:28 PM

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as per usual, another job well done!!! I especially like that you put her cycle feet on. I'm not familiar with the method you used to recast the head, could you throw up a little detail about that? just a blurb about what you did to do that?


Sure.

I first made a mold of Energon Arcee?s head with 2 part rubber molding. I then mixed and poured Hydrospan ( http://www.industria..._urethanes.html ) into the mold to cast the head. Pretty much the same process you would do for regular molding/casting but instead of pouring regular resin, you pour Hydrospan. You then place the Hydrospan in water and then let sit for about 24 hours. It will expand to almost 3 times the orginal size (the product claims 60% more of original size but I got more). If you want a smaller increase then just take the cast out of the water and it will stop expanding. You will need to remove the head and let it sit for a few hours for the excess water to evaporate. It is a little deformed if you don?t do this. If you let it sit long enough (days) the head would actually shrink to original size too once all the water evaporates. Anyways, once the cast got to the size I wanted it to be then I made another mold of the new bigger head. Then I casted the bigger head using the new mold with just regular resin. They also have hydroshrink to make an item smaller. I haven?t used or bought that yet.

Thanks for the comments everyone.

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:51 PM

QUOTE(**VPrime** @ Feb 5 2008, 01:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Cybersnark @ Feb 4 2008, 10:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That is awesome!

Pity her hips are so narrow, but that's unavoidable. Still, Arcee as a CAR!!! That's awesome!


Actually the hips on this 08 Camaro Bumblebee mold was originally wider. I narrowed it because I like the thinner waist/narrower hip look on females.


Thanks for the comments everyone!


Which I think can work to make her seem more petite in a way, but it also works against you because wide hips are universally considered to be a feminine trait.

Anyway, that's interesting about the head. I have experience in creating and using plaster molds for use in ceramic slip casting, but obviously nothing at the level you're talking about.
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#19 Maximo Prime

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 09:39 AM

hmm thought i responded. oh well.

so let me see if i have this down -

i don't know what 2-part rubber molding is, i mean i get what you're saying. where do i get it if i want to do it, etc... i'm a total noob at that.

but barring that ...

get a mold using the 2-p RM from an existing head
cast a head in the hydrospane, let it grow, create a new mold
cast a head at the new size in regular resin, and bam! new head.
that about right?

i want to get more into customizing in 2008, and i'm interested in this. (quite frankly, i really want my own Arcee Camaro)
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Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:27 PM

I dunno about the narrowed hips... I mean, look at the gap that developed between the rear quarter-panel and the back of the door.
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