OK, here we go again: Transformers 3 Optimus Prime
Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:28 PM
US Conventional Truck
Thanks guys! ;-)
Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:57 AM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:28 AM
Edited by Fat Brian, 01 August 2012 - 08:33 AM.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:10 PM
by the way love the transformers series
Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:21 PM
Since it looks like it will be a while before I post a how to on getting the hood right I will post the measurements here for you. I have always wanted to get the perfectly flat hood top as seen on most 379 Petes and no kit or conversion has gotten it completely right so I paid a visit to my local Peterbilt dealership. Cruising around the service center I found what I needed, a 359, a 378, and many 379s. First I measured the grill on the 359, it is 50 inches wide and 45 inches tall. Then the 379, it is 50 inches wide and 46 inches tall. And the 378, it was 50 inches wide and 41 inches tall. This is why using the 378 grill doesn't get you where you want to be, it's too short to make the hood flat. According to our resident Pete expert the 378 cab also sits 3 inches higher on the frame than a 379. What you need to do is make the 378 grill taller by a little more than an eighth of an inch then cut off the top of the hood and raise and rework it to fit. Ideally you would make the hood flat on top and then lower the cab and sleeper to make it match the new hood since it's too high to be correct for a 379 anyway. The Italeri 378 cab sits on small raised tabs that are about 3/16 tall so you have some room to bring it down a bit. It will take some test fitting but the results should be worth it if you are as insane about getting the correct hood pitch that I am.
Edited by Fat Brian, 08 August 2012 - 04:38 PM.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:50 PM
Jim B, Fat Brian and Platerpants, thanks for the repply.
Fat brian, Thank you very much for the info.
What about these other kits?
Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:16 PM
Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:28 PM
I believe that the 353 thats out now also has the 359 round fenders in it but you should try to find out for sure. You would still have to lengthen the hood a quarter of an inch and fix the aircleaner piping among other things.
Yes, the 353 does have the 359 round fenders as well. The kit is the same kit as the 359s posted, just with the square fenders as a option.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 05:43 AM
Optimus Prime looks like a 379 with flat top walkin sleeper , What you will need is a 378 kit, hood conversion from P&P or GW Resin, air cleaners and Revell 359 sleeper. For a Working hood a set of hinges from a 359 will work at lest for me they do. J&J lite brackets from P&P(His are real close) also the 359 bezels. From what I can see from your photo there is a set of extra toolbox's so the frame will have to be made longer there also.
add about 3 or 4MM to the frame however long the hood is,(cut between the springs and cab mounts). Trim the cab mounts on the fire wall to 2MM(I think)Have too look. Look on the floor pan there is a tab it shape like a V from what I can see,shave down the sides so it is square and floor sits lower. Cab wall will have to be reworked too fit sleeper.(maybe) Have not seen the LONG HAULER kit.
The 359 sleeper is a 1/25,the long hauler is a 1/24 about 1MM or so difference. And too do that it will need to be longer,wider and taller.
You can do 2 things leave sleeper as is or make it bigger to scale.
(Could be a after market sleeper by now) you would have too ask around.
Link too Optimus Prime photos.
here is my 379.I used a hood from GW Resins and the 378 conventional kit for a base. Sleeper Humm done forgot were it came from.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:07 AM
From looking at the photos from the link you will need motor from the Revell 359 snap kit.
Yep lots of work, I been working on this almost 2 years now,spent most of that time rounding up parts. So far the only hold up is door hinges ,fuel tanks and decals then done,that will not be long from now.
Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:21 PM
Brian, any plans of getting a Tut up on how to rework the hood on one of these soon?
Posted 17 September 2012 - 01:13 PM
Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:53 PM
To make a long hood in 1/24 you add 1/4" to the hood, I think the 1:1 measurement is either 6 or 7 inches. I'm not ready to do any kind of tutorial yet, I still need the sleeper from the long hauler kit before I'm ready to start mine. The grill mods aren't too bad though, the first thing you need to do is sand the top of the 378 grill until the radius of the corner of the top matches the radius of the sides and it's flat on top. Then you need to measure the new height and find out how much you need to add to make the final height 46 inches, it should be about 3/16 to 1/4 inch. I think the best place to cut the grill is below the first bolt head on the vertical portion of the grill sides, you will lose the center bars but you can make new ones or make a custom grill.
Thanks Brian for the information, that is an easy conversion to make the proper adjustments for the 1/16 build. On another thread h am reading the 1/16 Pete is actually 1/18th scale... So it looks like I need to do some scaling to verify if that is correct.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:12 PM
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