Well, I would have to say I think I'm done! No, there are no rings nor the planet shell on the top half as will probably be pointed out. I ran out of usable parts to manage those add-ons. I did try though. The first version consisted of the torso, head and arms. It was much too heavy and out of proportion. Thus, it was almost completely disassembled yesterday and rebuilt along with the legs into the present form. So, after about 3 weeks I proudly display my first non-LDD MOC. Yeah, I picked a doosie to start with huh? I've learned a lot while building him and have to utmost respect for those who create large MOCs, like Chris Roach's and Seth Higgins' versions of Fort Max. How about that plug guys? Large transformer MOCs don't seem to be made for posability, especially when they have a lot of upper weight which is why I doubled up on the feet joints. Is Unicron? Yes, however I would have to be very careful with it and risk it falling. Thus, the photos are with him standing straight. Also, please pardon the glare from the light behind me in some of the photos as well as the dust on many of the bricks. Most of them are from a pirate ship that sat assembled on a shelf for about 4 years.
Here's a side view of the planet form. Sadly, I wasn't able to duplicate the exact colors since I don't have any orange or clear bricks.
This is the back view of the planet. The trio of pieces seen just under the hint of blue was necessary to keep the back of his feet in contact with the ankle area. Yes, he does have bigger back feet than the Unicron I fashioned him after.
In the top view you can't see it but, I managed to secure the legs to the rear of the torso so they wouldn't flop around. You can also see that I didn't come up with a means to secure the arms. The pips face eachother and there wasn't enough room between them to fit anything. I supposed I could have installed a brick with one sticking out the top side to attach to the underside of the chest.
Here they are side by side for comparison. The MOC is still slightly larger than the real thing. Ok...and now...for what you've probably been scrolling down for...
Wait for it...
Say hello Unicron. The head wasn't all that difficult to create. The previous one on the other hand was as it was originally built with a lighting brick behind the eyes. It was too bulky to fit inside this head so that idea was scrapped.
Here's a torso view. Yes, the camera moved. It may have something to do with the pot of coffee I drank while building today. Note for everyone...minimize your caffiene intake while building. It makes it easier to hold pieces/assemblies and find/pick up parts.
This is another view of the torso but, slightly further back. It gives a better view of the hands and while not as blurry as the previous picture, the lighting glare rears its ugly head. The arms are sagging slightly, which was a major problem with the first version. They were just too big and heavy. I managed to make them a little smaller and used a different technique to secure them in robot mode.
Ah, a clear image of the torso without excessive glare too! The upper chest cavity opens to reveal some sort of massive cannon. I guess it's supposed to replicate the cannon shots he fired from his chest during the animated movie many years ago. I love that movie!!!!
Here's a good view of an arm and hand, which is what the size of the entire MOC was built around. The hand had to fit inside the forearm. I don't know how many times I had to rebuild that part to get it to work right.
On the back of the torso you might notice a missing brick. The left edge of the upper back is missing a round 1*1 piece. That's how the legs stayed connected to the body in planet mode. The missing brick separated with the leg. I didn't notice that fact until I started working on this write-up.
Here he is in all his glory. I don't know exactly how tall he is but, he does weigh about 2.5 pounds, which is slightly more than 1.1 Kg for all my metric system buddies out there. I stepped on the scale with and without him. With his chest sticking out as you can see, one would think he tends to lean forward. No... He actually leans back. Why? I don't know. I had to flex his left arm slightly for him to stand without assistance. This brings the question that I would have loved to know the answer to a few hours ago... Chris and Seth... How did you guys get Fort Max to stand so easily?
I separated the legs somewhat in this full photo. This one seems to be a bit clearer. Of course, it also allows you to more clearly see the glimpse of the mess on my desk. I also created the legs to 'snap' together for the planet mode in the same manner as how they attached to the back of the body.
This is a full back view. You can almost get a feel for how long the back part of the feet are.
In this side view you actually can see how long the back feet are. That part drove me nuts. I tried at least 5 different versions today until I made this one work. As I said, I have no idea why he wants to lean backwards. Maybe the house or desk is crooked...
Here they are again side by side. As I said, the MOC version is a little bigger than the fashion model I used. The forearms also face a different direction, which was a necessity to be able to allow for the posing of the arms. I tried to keep him the same size and think I did a pretty good job. When I look at them like this I notice little things that could have been done. Will they? I don't know. I already have other ideas brewing in my head and used a majority of every hinged/jointed piece I own. I'm thinking of actually building my LDD Starscream, although the colors will certainly not match.
So...let me know what you think of this MOC. For the most part I'm pretty satisfied with it. As far as building instructions... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Seriously though, I might consider it but, not presently as I need to decompress.
Quoting Kenji King
How long did this take to make?
Complete construction took about 3 weeks, mostly on the weekends. It took about 2 1/2 to get an idea of how to build the torso and arms. The original was too bulky. So over the couse of the last weekend, I almost completely disassembled and reassembled it the way it is now along with the legs.
Agreed!!! Huge, heavy, and sturdy! They look fairly similar for shape, but if only you had more, complex pieces, I bet you could have done better. Like me, you're probably limited on a few good pieces. Keep up the good work with what you have!!! :)
Quoting Seth Higgins
Nice work He looks pretty big too. It annoying when my fortress maximus falls it sounds like and earth quake!(lol) But your unicron looks pretty sturdy! Keep up the good work!
Thanks. Your Fort max makes noise and Unicron does to... The sound of pieces. LOL Actually, the only parts I had trouble with were the head, the rear feet and the waist shield. My oldest was telling me I should at least still add the rings.