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Marauder
About this creation
I present to you Marauder, a Decepticon I invented based on the Marauder, an urban-warfare vehicle built in South Africa by the Paramount Group and recently featured on the U.K.'s Top Gear.

Specs

Crew: 10
Weight: 21,000 lbs
Mine protection: Double anti-tank mine under any wheel, single under hull
Protection level: STANAG level III
Top speed: 75 mph




































These comparison pictures show what I was working off. I watched the Top Gear episode (season 17, episode 1) a half-dozen times as well.






Transform! Here's a demonstration of a complete transformation, from vehicle to robot mode. Including taking pictures, the process takes about 40 minutes. I do not have to "cheat" - ever bit of the transformation really works. A few pieces have a tendency to fall off (side view mirrors, for example), but for a true transformation like this, I reattach every part before proceeding to the next step.





















Building notes: Longest project ever! I didn't log my hours or progress, but I estimate this one was 80-100 hours of building, including those hours of staring and thinking that inevitably intersperse a Transformer project. Every single component of the vehicle was carefully crafted to be as close to the original as possible. There isn't a single feature that wasn't rebuilt completely at least once, some many more times.

Timeline: Started building in early May. May-August = roughly 3 months of active building, 8 hours a week or so on average.

Size: Robot mode = 14 inches tall, 12 inches wide
Truck mode = 42 studs long, 14 studs wide from fender to fender

Thanks: My wife, of course! Bricklink orders, late nights, and my preoccupation name a few of the sacrifices she gladly puts up with, knowing this is my passion. Thanks, honey! Love you!

Happy birthday: To my son! Happy 4th birthday, buddy!



Comments

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  August 16, 2014
Oh my!!!! You are one of the best enormous moc creators that I have added! This is amazing! Hey, I was just gonna ask if you think you can add instructions to this and Ironhide? These are very cool too. 10/5
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  July 1, 2014
Nice rendition of the Marauder vehicle! As a fan of Top Gear, I -had- to check this out. I like his robot form. Awesome build!
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  May 26, 2014
cool,nice form!if you don't mind please watch my creation.
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  January 1, 2014
genius. one of the best lego transformers i've seen. awesome.
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  September 22, 2013
IT IS FANTASTIC!!!
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  July 30, 2013
WOW, only I can say OMG
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  May 23, 2013
I am stunned with amazement... You sure have talent!
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  May 7, 2013
absolutely amazing, and also one of my favourite scenes from top gear :D
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  April 17, 2013
Quoting Agustin Portas It has a good stability and is poseable or is better standing?
It is difficult to balance, but it doesn't fall unless I try to adjust something. And it isn't very posable. The arms have limited movement when extended, and I never played with other leg positions. The head can move a bit!
  February 27, 2013
This is the first invented transformer that I see and is very very detailed. I saw the video, probably seeing the video those times and think all the transformation probably get you mad. Otherwise excellent in both modes and very impressive. It has a good stability and is poseable or is better standing?
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  October 10, 2012
I love lego transformers! It is like chocolate and peanut butter. I like that you provided transformation instructions. It really takes an extra special level of ingenuity to make something that looks so good both as a car and as a robot.
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  September 22, 2012
Absolutely mind-blowing! The brilliance of this build has my jaw on the floor. INCREDIBLE!
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  August 24, 2012
I say Brilliant..... well done...
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  August 18, 2012
WOW! Excellent in both modes. Also a great representation of the real vehicle. Great work!
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  August 18, 2012
Excellent, magnififfffficent, workkkkk!!!!!, :-)
  August 17, 2012
Superb work! Having watched the Top Gear episode in question myself, I think that this was a brilliant choice of vehicle to base a Transformer on. :D
  August 17, 2012
Superb work! Having watched the Top Gear episode in question myself, I think that this was a brilliant choice of vehicle to base a Transformer on. :D
  August 17, 2012
no problem
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  August 17, 2012
Sweet build, the Marauder itself looks realistic, and it can transform to! Both the vehicle and robot are awesome- 1,000,000/10
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  August 17, 2012
Quoting Chris Pitter Having seen it in person it is hard to understand the scale of the project by the white photo backgrounds...
It's big! It's so heavy that, according to my bathroom scale, it weighs 0 lbs! I really need to weigh it on a better scale.
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  August 17, 2012
Great shaping in both modes + great transformation = GREAT job! :-))
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  August 17, 2012
Happy belated B-day to your boy! And I love this thing... beefy and dangerous looking! ~ Chris.
  August 16, 2012
Having seen it in person it is hard to understand the scale of the project by the white photo backgrounds. I was just about to say, "what he needs is something like a minifigure in the picture to show the scale", and then the very next picture was just that! It looks awesome in every detail!
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  August 16, 2012
Wow, it looks great in both modes. The amount of planning and engineering that must go into these transformers is amazing. Great job!
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  August 15, 2012
Both modes look great! Awesome!
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  August 15, 2012
Quoting Paul McKeever III ...now to mount a gun on the top.
Mmm, great idea! A gun turret would translate onto his arm, so that's very workable. Thanks! The Paramount Group website has a picture of a weaponized Marauder, so I'll have to check that out again.
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  August 15, 2012
Your transformers keep getting better an better! I love the accuracy of the vehicle mode and the clawed robot mode definately has a Decepticon look to it! Great work all around!
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  August 15, 2012
wow and it can really transform amazing. now to mount a gun on the top.
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  August 15, 2012
Fantastic job on this one! I really like the vehicle mode and the robot mode is solid too.
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  August 14, 2012
great transformer, i like all the little vehicle details
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  August 14, 2012
Quoting Dave Kaleta The chest area is very well done. ~Dave
My favorite area as well. It's amazing how it worked out - the chest is a combination of the rear fenders and roof panels, and I just love looking at it.
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  August 14, 2012
The chest area is very well done. ~Dave
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  August 13, 2012
Quoting Elk Guard Wow, the vehicle likeness is amazing and the robot mode looks like it is straight out of the movies, amazing work!
Straight out of the movies - that's exactly the effect I was shooting for. Thanks!
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  August 13, 2012
Bloody hell, you are better working with lego than most Hasbro or Takara designers are working with a CAD system.
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  August 13, 2012
Quoting RICtendo (Hungry) Amazing! Heh, 9inch thick windows
Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone! I believe the windows are 9 cm thick. "Thick enough to shrug off an RPG round," according to Hammond. Whatever that is, I hope to never know.
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  August 13, 2012
Awesome! I saw the episode with this and you did great making an accurate model of it. Plus, you even made it transform! Which is even more awesome!
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  August 13, 2012
I remember seeing this car on Top Gear! I recognised it straight away, and it looks great! The robot mode is also brilliant. I really like this, one of the best Legoformers I've ever seen, superb work!
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  August 13, 2012
I'm shaking my head in disbelief at such an AWESOME and brilliant looking Transformer. He looks fantatic in BOTH modes, especially the robot mode which to me is the more difficult to get right I thnk. I've only attempted a Lego Transformer twice in the last four years; I remember those hours of staring too well! I take my hat off mate, an excellent build, well done!!
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  August 13, 2012
Wow, the vehicle likeness is amazing and the robot mode looks like it is straight out of the movies, amazing work!
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  August 13, 2012
I would fall asleep during the 40 min transformation :)
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  August 13, 2012
That's one mean machine! Building a transformer this size that can actually transform and stand up under its own weight is no mean feat... fantastic stuff! It looks like it could fit right into to one of the live action films too.
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  August 13, 2012
Amazing! Heh, 9inch thick windows
Wes Pitter
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Chris Melby
  August 12, 2012
Awesome design! Really well done MOC!
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  August 12, 2012
Great build I love the extra tire on the side!
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  August 12, 2012
Very Nice!
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  August 12, 2012
Nicely done. -LB Jr.
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  August 12, 2012
It's incredible how good it looks in both modes. Very impressive!
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  August 12, 2012
Whoa, excellent. ;)
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  August 12, 2012
that is awesome love love love it you should make a bugatti transformer :P
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  August 12, 2012
Wow, this would be a great moc as just a truck or a robot, but since it transforms, this can only be called incredible.
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  August 12, 2012
That is a very impressive vehicle/robot. The fact that it looks awesome in both modes is astounding. SUPERB!
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  August 12, 2012
incredible! both car and transformer are fantastic! this must have taken forever! epic job!
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  August 12, 2012
First off, the vehicle is great! I too watched that Top Gear episode and found it hilarious, and your robot does the truck justice. I'm really impressed by how accurate it is, despite the fact that it can get up a walk away if need be. =P
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  August 12, 2012
Good technique on the eyes and head! I did something similar for my next Moc. The barbs make great eyes!
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  August 12, 2012
A brilliant looking vehicle & a great looking robot too. The colour is amazing. It's great that you've included a photo of the original vehicle. Your copy is extremely faithful and the fact that it transforms is a brilliant bonus.
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  August 12, 2012
Wow, what a fantastic creation! You've done a great job with building this with all the transform functions. The Marauder is a beast of a Truck. Great work and Happy Birthday to your son :)
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  August 12, 2012
beautiful former, transformation engineering is crisp and both modes look great!
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  August 12, 2012
Fantastic work!!! Your best former yet :) Happy birthday to your son!!
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  August 12, 2012
Happy birthday to your little boy :D. My son is 4 in a few weeks too. Now let's get on with the really important stuff ;) - This is AWESOME! Very impressive transformation and both modes look excellent. Amazing build Daddio.
 
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