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Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by Beno on Mon 28 Jan 2013, 9:50 pm

I should be finishing off other builds but I"ve started this AMT White Freightliner cab over and turning it into The Gen 1 Optimus Prime. Based mainly on the cartoon, but with very limited detail I'm useing the toy as well.

This kit is rubbish, but what other choice do I have. You'll love this lit if you LOVE mold lines. Could've built this kit a lot quicker if I didn't have to spend 90% of construction time cleaning up parts. I know it's an old kit, but they could have retooled more of the sprues before re releasing it. Also, none of the parts are numbered on the sprue. I'm in the process of removing chrome from some of the parts that will need alclad from where I nipped them off the sprue. I sprayed the Chasis and engine etc with blue but it's not dark enough, and I will respray this in the coming days. Here's a few pics.

I am enjoying watching the Box Sets of Tranformers I have for reference Very Happy





























Here's My Gen1 Bubblebee I did last year
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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by blatdriver on Tue 29 Jan 2013, 9:34 am

I like the gen 1 Prime better, nice work bigthumbsup
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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by scummy on Tue 29 Jan 2013, 9:41 am

Yer , it takes most of your time with that cab which was made to fit two models .
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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by zenrat on Tue 29 Jan 2013, 11:06 am

Looking good.
IMO the blue is spot on for the sort of blue cheap plastic toys would have been moulded in...

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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by Beno on Tue 29 Jan 2013, 2:49 pm

The original Gen 1 Optimus toy was half & half, metal and plastic. So much better than toys made today.

But yeah, I'm in 2 minds now what colour to go with, for the blue. I'll have to go down to Toyworld and have a look at the paint rack and see what looks the best.
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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by zenrat on Tue 29 Jan 2013, 9:00 pm

Like your avatar.
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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by Shoey on Wed 30 Jan 2013, 1:18 am

Lookin good Beno, those early AMT kits looked like they were made from icecream container lids.
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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by RetrospectKustoms on Wed 30 Jan 2013, 11:10 am

Loving it already!! Looks great.
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Optimus Update

Post by Beno on Fri 01 Feb 2013, 12:25 pm

Here's where I'm up to. A bit of painting done (redone the chasis), bit of Alclad chrome done with lots more to come and I, for the 1st time in a long time, managed to stuff the clear parts up Crying or Very sad . I wanted the windscreen and windows to have a blue tint to them but buggered it up with the airbrush, went to strip it off with metho and do it again, just like I've done a couple of times before with no dramas. And the plastic started to get soft, just like a Butter Menthol feels, and put finger prints all over the bloody thing. Sanded the hell out of it to get it to some sort of level where I could maybe use it but don't know whether to just put a whole new one in made from clear plastic yet dunno



























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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by allan on Fri 01 Feb 2013, 12:58 pm

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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by cruiseliner on Sat 02 Feb 2013, 9:19 pm

Looking good ,i am in the process of doing the same .heres another i found on the net.
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radicons-customs/623134-g1-optimus-prime-model-cab-white-freightliner.html
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Post by cruiseliner on Sat 02 Feb 2013, 9:23 pm

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Re: Generation 1 Optimus Prime

Post by Beno on Sun 03 Feb 2013, 1:03 am

Yeah I found that build too, thanks for the decal link. Just a pity they aren't in red and purple. Already have the Autobot symbol for my build, could be useful for other builds but.
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done a bit more on this

Post by Beno on Sun 05 Jan 2014, 8:54 pm

I havent been on here for some time, but I've been getting back into this one again the last couple of weeks. It did spend some time on the shelf of doom, but 'm going to finish it, or I'm going to throw it at the wall.  What a rubbish kit! AMT should be ashamed of themselves re releasing this without any new tooling. The kit is not worth 10 bucks let alone the $80 I paid for it. Lucky it was Optimus, if it was just a truck, it would have been smashed a long time ago.

Still adding chrome, and respraying chrome, got a few parts to add yet as well. It's fought me every step of the way but hopefully I'm not far from completion. It is no show winner that's for sure, but I just want it done.







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