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Ultra Magnus (2014)
Ultra Magnus, an iconic from Transformers G1 cartoon series in the 80s. Transforms from a car carrier to become an articulated robot.
About this creation




INTRODUCTION


This MOC is my 3rd rendition of Ultra Magnus. The
first one was done nearly 10 years ago, to be towed by MP01 Optimus Prime ,
and the second version, "Movie style" Ultra Magnus was completed days before
Transformers:Dark of the moon premiered. To know more about these two past
UM, you can view my blog article below:




http://alanyuppie.blogspot.com/2014/06/lego-ultra-magnus-retrospective.html


Back to this MOC, if I'm not wrong, was initiated
days after I found out an official Masterpiece Ultra Magnus will be produced
by Takara. Such impulse =) 


CAR CARRIER MODE


Well, I started the ball rolling by insisting on a
few improvements over the original G1 version (besides the articulation)




  • Proper toes/feet




  • Making the upper deck /ramp as smooth as possible




  • A smooth trailer base as well... and a consistent
    color (red) from end-to-end




  • No partsforming . That's why the rockets are
    position in more orientation rather than on the side of the trailer.
    They require no removal and reattachement upon transformation to robot
    mode







 








The grey parts shown above are stoppers, to prevent the cars from bumping
into each other. A last minute addition before I finalize the MOC

 






The hinged parts shown by the arrow helped to prop up the upper deck. These
hinges will also help to secure the legs in robot mode, preventing him from
falling over backwards.




 



Lacking details in the original toy, I've decided to put some foglamps on
the back of the trailer.





 






With the ramps extended down, he is ready to pickup cars.









MP Prowl moving up the ramp.








The cab detached from the trailer. Transformation to robot mode doesn't
require the cab to be separated, but it's a hassle to do so (I need 3 hands
to make it happen) . The cab can be transformed separately, and then
reconnect back to the transformed trailer initial peghole to finalize the
robot mode.















UM cab is built to scale with my earlier MOC Powermaster Optimus Prime cab

TRANSFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS


After the trailer is separated from the cab, the
front part of the lower deck no longer slant up. Now it's flat all the way.











I've had great challenge trying to engineer the ramp to form the arms. A day
before I decided to finalize the MOC, I noticed he has gorilla arms ! I
immediately make amendments to the design and managed to shorten the formed
arm by 1.5 stud , whilst maintaining the trailer ramp length








The above showed how I secure the shoulder via some hinges. Unsecured, the
wobbly shoulders will definitely hamper the posability.







The blue studs at the bottom of the cab helped to secure both halves of cab
front grill . When opened, it reveals UM's head.

Trivia:  the dark grey round
hole at the corner of the grill halves: those are redundant design by me to
securing the halves (which now the task is taken over by the blue studs).

 








Some nifty folding of the cab,, and unravelling of the head to face the
front. It is now ready to be re-plugged back to the transformed
trailer-to-robot-body.






For videos and step by step transformation photos,
click on my blog link below:




http://alanyuppie.blogspot.com/2014/07/lego-ultra-magnus-part-25-of-3.html


 


GROUP SHOTS










With Movie Style UM on his left, and Powermaster Prime on his right.







A car carrier carrying a car carrier carrying a car carrier! What is more
cooler than that?

 






 







ROBOT MODE













 






 



 








In later stages of my building , I found out that I no longer bothered
to implement a deep matrix hatch for UM, as this would disrupt the
transformation sequence which I liked so much.









Dials, meters,Ninjago-fire-logo, you name it. That's his core alright!

 






Due to how the rifle is designed (studs on one side of the handle), it
can only be held by the left hand.





 



Ultra Magnus calling moonbase for reinforcements and backup





 





 














There are so many photos taken that I need to split them into a few blog
entries. To view them, start by clicking on my blog link below:




http://alanyuppie.blogspot.com/2014/07/lego-ultra-magnus-part-3-of-3-robot-mode.html


As usual, thanks for your support all these while (even though I've not been
really productive this year)





Comments

 I like it 
  December 8, 2017
I've looked at this a couple times now and feel like I need to comment. I love everything about this MOC! The functionality of his alt mode is outstanding! I love how cars can go up the ramp, and how the cab can detach (even though it is not necessary for transformation)! Robot mode is amazing! His articulation is fantastic and his proportions look perfect! Brilliant build!
 I made it 
  July 23, 2014
Quoting colby larsen This is awesome! If I had a choice between mp Magnus or this, I would pick this. BTW, did you get the invite for my transformers movie character creator contest? I'm extending the end date to give everyone more time
Oh hi Colby. Hmmm the mail must've end up in my spam folder. Anyway thanks for the invite though, but I doubt I can make it (literally) . As you know.. sometimes work and other commitments impact my hobby here until it took me months to finish a MOC. As of course... lack of inspiration too. =]
 I like it 
  July 7, 2014
Is it a Bandai MP? Wonderful
Yap Alan
 I like it 
Kain .
  July 6, 2014
Nice
Yap Alan
 I like it 
colby larsen
  July 6, 2014
This is awesome! If I had a choice between mp Magnus or this, I would pick this. BTW, did you get the invite for my transformers movie character creator contest? I'm extending the end date to give everyone more time
 I like it 
  July 6, 2014
Nice!
 I like it 
  July 6, 2014
Just amazing! A good tribute to the Takara MP Ultra Magnus which is releasing soon.
 I like it 
  July 6, 2014
Ultra Work.... I'm sensing a trend here.
 I like it 
  July 6, 2014
Amazing work!
 I like it 
  July 6, 2014
spectacular work!
 
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