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Dai Atlas
Dai Atlas is a Japanese Transformer with four modes: Jet, Drill tank, Robot and a cool base.
About this creation


Introduction


After a bout of "yellow fever" and "black plague" (aka marathon builds of 3
MOCs of the same color scheme:
The Constructicon trio
),
I have finally decided to cure myself and build myself something non-yellow to
end the fiscal year of 2011. The previously mentioned "builders block" is real
and happening. So I'm putting a halt to project Constructicon temporary and
start this one.


As a Transformers (toy) fan, I'm a sucker for base-mode Transformers,
especially those with ramps/platforms to put minibots on , aka "legend" sized
Transformers figures.


Dai Atlas


Dai Atlas is a Japanese Transformers produced back in the year 1990. The
original toy spot four modes (jet,drill tank, robot, base) BUT the jet mode
looks almost similar with the drill tank, and I plan to change that. Anyway,
below is how the original toy looks like (taken off a page from "Transformers
Deluxe Generations" book).




I found out that the  toy has horrendous articulation: only the arms can
swivel! Both his legs are fused together (since they contain a motorized
mechanism inside) His head cant even turn since its part of the nosecone. The
list goes on.


From the photo above, it's a parts-former, a term to denote a Transformer toy
with various parts require detachment and be reattached again in other locations
to be transformed properly/completely. The biggest offender are his wings; conveniently be
plugged in anywhere to suit the mode... or even be removed altogether (in drill
tank) and forming a shield for the robot mode. *duh*


Huge Potential for Improvement


Besides the usual articulation which I have applied on my MOC of him, all his
parts remained intact (no detaching/re-attaching) during transformation, except
for the clip-on rifle (which most Transformer need to defend themselves in the
heat of battle).


I managed to give him a proper and distinct drill tank mode ... uhmm I prefer
to call this mode as "mobile drilling platform" instead since he's too bulky as
just a mere drill tank.


Trivia:



  • The wings NEED NOT be detached during transformation from one mode to
    another.

  • The weight of the wings caused them to be slight slanted down in jet
    mode.

  • The "arrow" motive you see on the base mode platform is purely
    incidental. Those platform "defect" are required to accommodate the hidden robot head
    in the jet mode.

  • I exhausted one of my LEGO ball joints during the creation of this MOC..
    since I keep detaching and reattaching it (for
    convenience/test-transformation). I have to replace this ball joint with a
    brand new one, or else his arms gonna dangle and fail to raise up properly
    for photo shoot.

  • The scorpion minion is pure incidental too. the weak hinges caused it to
    detach too easily ... but it sure end up as decent "stinger" , ready for any
    mission by its master.

  • I was worried at first regarding the raised up shoulder and whether the
    robot head would end up having limited rotation clearance caused by those
    shoulders. I'm just glad he still can turn his head around.

  • Halfway through photo session, I noticed I've got some shiny grey 1x1
    slopes lying around. So I immediately replace the robot faceplate with these
    slopes, from the white color.

  • The first MOC of mine to justify 100++ photos of him be snapped and
    uploaded in brickshelf.com.

  • One of the major headache was deciding which mode to start photographing
    first, since I need to minimize the hassle of capturing the transformation
    from one mode to another.

  • I have to omit the radar dish as depicted in the original toy (which
    detaches and attaches when required, ending up on his rifle) because I
    failed to fit him inside the nosecone of the Jet mode. And I refused 
    to have it detaches and reattaches at will (one of my pet peeve in
    Transformers toys these days... accessories tends to get lost this way).

  • This is NOT the end. I might continue to build Dai Atlas other two
    partners, and merge to become Big Powered.


To view the transformation sequence/steps from one mode to another, visit my
blog link below:




http://alanyuppie.blogspot.com/2011/12/lego-dai-atlas-transformation-sequence.html


For a complete set of photos, visit Dai Atlas' gallery below:




http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=492288


JET MODE


















































DRILL TANK uhmmm MOBILE DRILLING PLATFORM mode.















































^ drills really rotate freely.... powered by my
hands!








^ Drills can detach into an independent "scorpion"
for assignments/missions




^ While the scorpion is away, Dai Atlas can turn into
a surface-to-air tank. The configuration of "wings" cum platform only
allowed them to be angled this way.



ROBOT MODE


























































^ Without the drill kibble, he's much more stable and
easier to pose. especially the arms.





BASE MODE





















































       


 


 




Comments

 I like it 
  May 22, 2014
Excellent. Epic and beautiful build Dai Atlas.
 I like it 
  May 27, 2012
I thought my Lego Transformers were awesome. Now they barely compare! That is incredible! Once I post mine (probably over the summer), you should check them out.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
I love how you keep the spirit of the original but add your own take on the concept. The scorpion drone is a nice touch.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2012
Astounding! That's about the only word I can come up with. Basing the construction off a toy that has zero posability and doing what you did is astounding. Certainly a superior job with it!
 I made it 
  December 27, 2011
Quoting Steve The Squid This is great! I love transforming legos! The head looks really nice!
The original toy has his yellow comb on top, I forgot to adjust my MOC to have his comb "combed" to the back rather than spiking upwards.
Quoting Jesse Long Wow, Alan, it seems like you just came out of nowhere and not only built one of the best Transformers ever but that you have also done so to a quite rare Transformer, you have made it nearly completely studless (though it could use some white tile pieces for the tail rudders), AND you have managed to build a Transformer that was, gasp, BETTER than Takara/Hasbro/Bandai has ever done with any of the other Transformers.
Thanks :) Well, in half the cases for me... applying tiles to "cover up" the studs would compromise transformation, so I'm doing it in moderation.
Quoting Jesse Long Are you sure that you haven't talked to Chris Roach yet? I'm surprised that he hasn't talked to you yet but I'm most certainly going to spread word to him to check out your mega-cool Transformer.
Hehe.. he's always close by and the earliest to reply to my latest MOCpages entry. (scroll down). ps: Thanks Chris!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
WOW! That's the best transformer I've seen EVER!!! I'm proud you're a Malaysian like me!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
Wow, Alan, it seems like you just came out of nowhere and not only built one of the best Transformers ever but that you have also done so to a quite rare Transformer, you have made it nearly completely studless (though it could use some white tile pieces for the tail rudders), AND you have managed to build a Transformer that was, gasp, BETTER than Takara/Hasbro/Bandai has ever done with any of the other Transformers. Are you sure that you haven't talked to Chris Roach yet? I'm surprised that he hasn't talked to you yet but I'm most certainly going to spread word to him to check out your mega-cool Transformer.
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
Awesome in so many ways!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
This is great! I love transforming legos! The head looks really nice!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
Well done! I am not familiar with Dai Atlas, but this MOC is very cool! Five heads for you, sir!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
Wow what an awesome moc. I love all the colours and modes. Robot and base modes are my favourites but they are all great. Good luck with the builders block - it happens to us all :) merry Christmas
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
Genius mate, Dai Atlas is cool, but his name sounds like a Japanese Atlas XD
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
fantastic - much cooler and poseable than the original toy that was released way back - my hat goes off to you sir on this great build!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2011
This is amazing. How u are able to pull theses designs from thin air baffles me. Way to end the year with a bang!!
 
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