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I would post all the pics I have for modifying my MP-01 to MP-10 status, but with the limit on how many pics you can post here at a time, it would take me forever!

So, I'll post the results I have so far:








where it stands now:



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UPDATE: modified the robot-mode grill.

Step by step:

As you can see, when in truck mode, there's some space between the grill and the wheel blocks:


So, I used this to my advantage, to put in the grill additions. Step 1 was to grind slots in the grill back to accept the extensions:


Then, glue the extensions in so they would keep the grill level with Prime's chest. This also meant scraping all the chrome off so I could get an even finish on the whole thing:


Next, I had to paint the whole thing black, as silver/chrome paint doesn't cover bare plastic too well:


Then, applying the silver paint:



After the pics I've posted so far, I then used pearlescent paint and clear iridescent glaze to finish it, I'll have pics of that a bit later on (the preview pic I posted earlier doesn't have the last 2 paints on it).

Stay tuned...

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I modified Prime's waist to include the clear yellow sections as seen on MP-10.

The process:

1) Drilling/ cutting openings for clear pieces:


2) Create detail panels to back the clear pieces:


3) Installation of panels:


4) Cutting/ shaping of clear waist pieces (for this I used Plexiglas):


6) After painting the waist black (it takes the silver paint better than bare plastic), begin painting silver around the clear pieces:


7) The waist after refinishing:


And where the project stand as of right now:


At this point, most of the modifications I wanted to make have been done, but there's still several items and issues to pursue. However, I think this is beginning to approximate MP-10 in several ways. I just need to work on the alt mode to smooth it out, and some touch-up/ finishing work in addition to the stuff that remains to be done.

Stay tuned...

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Okay, I'm not going to keep trying to update here and look like a "one man show" with no replies. If you want the latest news on this project, please visit this topic on TFW2005.





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