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LTC Snowshark
Okay, these guys (this and the next MOC) are REALLY overdue for their postings. It’s going to take a while to explain, but since the explanation is going to include why I named this guy ‘Snowshark’, I’ll take my time. The school holidays just finished two weeks ago, but while I was on holiday my family went to New Zealand for a skiing holiday. We skied at Coronet’s Peak for one day and at Cardrona for three. Even though we were able to, my parents insisted on staying at Cardrona instead of trying out Treble Cone and The Remarkables. We could have, but no, because ‘Cardrona was fine’ THEY SAID WITH A POSED LOOK. If you get that reference, then good on you. Anyway, while we were going up the chairlift, my sister got her jacket stuck in the bar. She was in no real danger, but she was freaking out like crazy. So, I thought that if I made a joke it might cheer her up. I said “Silai, there’s nothing to worry about on these ski-fields. Well, except for the Snow Sharks”. In hindsight, maybe it wasn’t the best idea, as it scared her even more. But anyway, after that, it became ‘the joke of the week’. Out of the blue, one of us would say “oh look, a Snow Shark”, or “I hope there aren’t any Snow Sharks around”. Then, after coming back to Sydney, I decided to make a Transformer that transforms into a snowmobile. And what did I name it? You can probably guess from the title. And yes, I know Hasbro already did this with their ‘DOTM Human Alliance’ line. Well, that was nothing more than a Shelfwarmer. And yes, I own the toy. Sadly, it was one of the Transformers that I regret buying. But in the end, I don’t care. I quit buying Transformers years ago anyway. Besides, building them out of Lego is much more fun…
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To start off, we have Vehicle mode. The ‘Snowshark’ joke only covers the name of it, and not the concept for the bot himself. The real reason why I made the character was because I wanted to make a smaller Transformer in the LTC line. My TFs have been getting a lot bigger lately, with the alliance that STILL needs to be name.


As for his allegiance, he’s an Autobot. Why not, right?


Much like Darkrider, a Minifigure can ride him (no controversial pun intended), but I haven’t tested it out yet.


Speaking of which, here Darkrider is as a size comparison. They’re very similar in size for the vehicle mode.


Here’s a gif showing the transformation. It’s quite different from my other recent transformers, as the lower section is rathe non-linear.


And now for the robot mode!


The robot mode is slightly flimsy, but in a PAB order (if I ever choose him), he’d be glued anyway.


Once again, a size comparison. Despite their vehicle modes being almost mirroring in size, their robot modes are somehow completely different. It’s probably due to Darkrider’s blocky nature on the legs, whereas Snowshark’s legs are extremely long and thin.


As a sort of ‘third mode’, his legs can fold in as treads to travel across snowy areas in robot mode.


Just like Shockblast, the third mode was merely an afterthought that I realised the transformation could do at the end.


Finally, the two skis at the front of the vehicle can either be stored on the back, as shown in every other photo, or held in his hands as dual swords.
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Here's the LDD images from the file.


Nothing much to see here...
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And well, that’s it for this MOC. BUT WAIT! A PREVIEW! Who’s that behind Snowshark? In a hint; it’s a G1 Transformer. Find out tomorrow. Until then, happy building! :)


Building instructions
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Comments

 I like it 
  July 24, 2014
Great build! Glad you had a good time on vacation. My only complaints are the thing that looks like a tail in robot mode, I think it's the seat in vehicle mode but it looks awkward in robot mode. And then the name seems more like a Decepticon to me but that doesn't really matter. I do like that you made a snowmobile though, something that isn't seen very often.
 I like it 
  July 23, 2014
Very nice Autobot snowmobile! Robot mode is cool too. Sorry you didn't get to go to the other places on your vacation, but it sounds like you had fun. Welcome back!
 
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