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A.0 Armored Trooper "Gunbird"
hero factory + exo force + stickers = mecha awesomeness now featuring upgrades! nothing says mecha improvement quite like missle spam and rocket boosters
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flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58000932@N03/sets/

*UPDATE: added some rocket boosters and missile pods. the touch of yellow is nice, eh? also changed some minor detailing throughout, like the new seat and controls.







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I like the votoms concept of a smaller sized mobile armor and wanted to translate that into lego. hero factory and exo force are two lines I like a lot as well. HF really got it right during its second wave by introducing those kickass limbs, armor and weapons which I wanted to combine with exo force's decked out robo suit aesthetic.
originally I wanted to give it huge wings, but it just looked off and took a lot away from the silhouette, which turned out looking badass. instead I put boosters on the back of the legs and shoulders, which I imagine being used to kind of thrust, dash, and jump all around and over combat terrain megaman style.
the cockpit was a challenge. my criteria was that it had to a) accomodate a minifig with a rock raiders helmet b) have an opening canopy c) have cockpit details like a seat and printed computer plates and d) have functional elements like vulcans, scanners, and lights e) be air tight, a pet peeve of mine on lego sets. it was very difficult, but I managed to squeeze in the seat, a 1x2 ice planet computer plate and a gauge. a couple stickers complete the look and it fits the pilot like a glove.
has now, but the current one looks much fiercer and adds a nice touch of black.





the left shoulder has some sort of communications array and boasts some kanji.
the right arm of course features the weapons loadout, which is definitely hero factory inspired. I love the concept of the multiweapon/tool gauntlet thing, and tried to give it plenty of variety. there's a rifile type gun, grenade launcher, a rocket, and of course a big mean blade which has a chainsaw on one side and a wrench on the other for lolz. it used to have a hose from Stormer 2.0's weapon instead of the one it has now, but the new element looks pretty mean. the torso is a modified version of the t-shaped body used by the Cyclone Defender, Aero Booster, and River Dragon exo force sets. very simple SNOT techniques were used throughout to accommodate details later on. the upper arm is brick built and the lower arm is a simple HF joint. The legs invert the structure (HF joint upper, brick built lower) to balance out the profile. the most challenging part of the entire build was figuring out how to attach the arm to the shoulder. I used a perpendicular axel/pin connector for the elbow, a decision that was based on function but ended up looking great as well. took me a long time to figure that one out.





Elements:
a TON of 1x2 open end handle plates, mostly to create the opening canopy for the cockpit and to fill in details. 1x2 closed end handle plates, 1x1 vertical and horizontal U-clips, turntable plates, round 1x1 plates, 1x2 and 2x2 thin hinge plates, and over 9000 cheese slopes were also used a lot because they provide support and stability while filling in mechanical detail. star of the day however is the 2x2 plate with grill used on the legs, shoulders, cockpit, and back. it looks great no matter where it is.



Comments

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  November 12, 2012
have you tried to recreate this ldd or is that where it came from if so then what set did you get all the decals from? must know!
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  November 5, 2012
Wow. That is the most innovation frames I've seen. It's definitely the first time I've seen the Heroes joints incorporated so well into system. I may have a try at this.
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  October 17, 2012
This is just sick. I love the weapon system on the right arm, which is kind of like a "Swiss Army Knife of Firepower." The whole thing looks mean.
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  October 9, 2012
Quoting Lawrence Jackson i need help building a cockpit. but awesome build
it's all about the 2x2 bracket. after that added the windscreen and then build around it to a) accommodate the minifig and b) close up the gaps. once you've done those things, play around with greebles, shaping and details for the interior. the cockpit for this mech was very chunky, but I was able to streamline the build with some tinkering. I've since added a seat and some extra details like levers inside. I'll post some pics soon
 I like it 
  October 9, 2012
i need help building a cockpit. but awesome build
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  October 7, 2012
Killer!
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  October 5, 2012
Nice.
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  October 3, 2012
Thank you so Much for cutting away to the frame assembly its soo useful to see it, and will definately be attempting to use it, Your combination of bricks is very pleasing
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  October 2, 2012
Quoting Andy C Frickin Love it... need to go buy a couple of hero factory kits to disassemble right away
all HF sets have really awesome partsm especially the newer prison breakout sets which come with a lot of system elements as well. the perpendicular axel/pin connector was from the witch doctor set and was instrumental in this build. great elements, every mech builder should have some HF parts
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  October 2, 2012
Quoting ccy 8086 I'm very surprised that the hero factory and the classic system brick can combine such well!!!Love the color and the detail you put on it!
you should try it some time!
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  October 2, 2012
Frickin Love it... need to go buy a couple of hero factory kits to disassemble right away
 I made it 
  October 2, 2012
Quoting Mike Johnson An excellent hybrid design using both system and technic components. What I find especially pleasing is that you included pics of the frame for anyone who wishes to to build one for themselves. Very nice.
I'm really hoping more people utilize this frame!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2012
An excellent hybrid design using both system and technic components. What I find especially pleasing is that you included pics of the frame for anyone who wishes to to build one for themselves. Very nice.
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  October 1, 2012
I'm very surprised that the hero factory and the classic system brick can combine such well!!!Love the color and the detail you put on it!
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  October 1, 2012
Loved it! Amazing mix of styles, the colors are awesome and the shape is superb. It would be nice to feature a bigger shield in the left arm. The stickers really improved the look.
 I made it 
  October 1, 2012
right on! thanks for the comments guys. the build was way too much fun. I recommend you guys try to put together the frame. it's an awesome base for a hardsuit or mobile armor. one day I hope to have a trio with green heavy artillery and red sword master versions
 I like it 
  October 1, 2012
Very cool. A great build. 5 stars
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  October 1, 2012
Action packed before it even starts moving!
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  October 1, 2012
Those HF parts work perfectly on Exo-Force!
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  October 1, 2012
Awesome! Reminds me of Gundam.
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  October 1, 2012
Wow, great job!
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  October 1, 2012
Great work!
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  October 1, 2012
nice fusion of system and hf/bionicle parts!
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  October 1, 2012
nicely done, though I personally feel it's a little over-stickered. Especially the cockpit. ^Blub^
 I like it 
  September 30, 2012
Nice mech! I love the stickers on the canopy! Great job!
 
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