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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.