Inspired by Dreadwind from G1 Transformers series, transforms into sleek jet.
About this creation
Inspired by G1 Dreadwind,
the idea to make this MOC came suddenly when I disassemble a recent official
LEGO creation to be put back into my pile-of-bricks. (no points for guessing
correctly which set I am referring to!) . It had been on my display shelf for
more than a year and I was in the mood to do some housekeeping. In the midst of
wondering what can I do with such a huge pair of wing parts, Dreadwind appeared
into my brain. (before that I was contemplating on making a jet plane MOC ...
and shortlist a few "contenders", namely Windsweeper ,Dogfight
and Needlenose )
Anyway, original G1 Dreadwind (above) is a powermaster figure,where a
human-like figure (An alien race called Nebulon actually) transform into an
engine-block-thingy , plugging into the toy, to unlock the transformation. Since
I'm not too keen of making a LEGO equivalent of that using minifigures, I
skipped implementing it. But fear not! I have something else up my sleeves ...
do read on =)
To compensate for the lack of powermaster figure, Dreadwind can eject a
hawk-like drone for recon missions.
The transformation sequence is very similar with the G1 toy, as you can see. The
legs are tucked in the undercarriage of the jet.
It took two hinged mechanisms to swivel the nosecone 180 degree to the front.
Worthy Mentions on the Engineering
Initially I padded the sole with an extra plate each but I decided to undo it
because they caused the heels to be tall and body slanted forward.
Here's how I design the peghole to accomodate the head. The hole is the
underside of a 1x1 dark grey brick with one stud on its side.
The reason why nosecone looks "chipped off" beneath*, is to allow it to peg
securely onto the pelvis balljoint.
The poor dude can't sit properly.......EVER!
Oh yes... I almost forgotten about the hawk-drone. Here it is....perching on top
of his master's arm.
Ok. Before I end this page, I know most of you might be asking.... where is Darkwing? Yes I'm planning to
build him too! I have made special provisions in this MOC to accomodate the
future merging with Darkwing, but I foresee minor redesign will be necessary. So
stay tuned, guys!
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