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Cal-Ran (Lime Ranger)
Hello again MocPages!! Its been a while again but I assure you, it has been productive; as you can see here with Cal-Ran. The disclaimor, as per usual: This is just a hobby for me and I don't make stories for my Mocs in case you were curious. However his name does have a story, somewhat lol. Anyways here is Cal-Ran!!!
About this creation

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Cal-Ran is a Flying archer of the skies.

Cal-Ran is merely a shortened version of "Calce Ranger" which is the Italian translation of "Lime Ranger"
I was google translating lime ranger and the shortened Italian had a ring to it so,.. Cal-Ran :D

His body has adapted and evolved over time to become more streamline while in flight.





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Preparing his body for Flight mode transformation.





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Flight transformation complete.





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In flight. (on his lightsaber rod size stand)
Note the sloping shoulders forcing air up and around to the jetpack for better flight.





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His entire body is so balanced that he can perfectly support himself on a lightsaber rod.
Note that the way his body shifts into a more streamline form so his head and arms can fit snugly to the jetpack and shoulderpads respectively.




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"Top down" view (while standing) of Flight mode.





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"Down up" view (while standing) of Flight mode.





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Back shot without jetpack showing his piston goodness.





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Beginning the process of transforming from Flight mode, to Combat mode.
Step 1: Remove chest.




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Step 2: Begin rotation of shoulderpads and back bend.




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Step 2: While back bending, the core needs to be slid up the body by extending the pistons.




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Step 3: Flip chest.




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Flight mode chest.




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Step 3: Flip the white L arms.




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Step 3: Like so.

Now, because the core of the body moves, the bulk of the chest needs to fill in gaps.
In Flight mode, the gap is at the top of the body. In Combat mode, the gap is in the bottom of the body. Hence,..


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..This flip of the chest.




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Step 3: Fold in white L arms and..




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..its ready to go back on!




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Step 4: Re-attach the chest to the core.





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Step 4: Like so.





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Step 5: Fully extend pistons and..




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Step 5: ..the body is now in Combat mode.
There is just something about this picture that makes me instantly say "Dat Fitment!" :P





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Back shot in Combat mode without jetpack.





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Waist articulation
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THE




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WIN!
Lol, his body has 13 points of connection total. For how filled in his body is, I am VERY happy with the amount of articulation given his ability to transform and have it look good too.


Also, I neglected to delve into his lower body but I assure you, I would need at least 20 pictures to fully explain those connections.. haha. It looks good tho right?




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Front view of Combat mode without jetpack.





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Jetpack front (inside). The jetpack is connected directly to his main spinal chord by 3 round pegs for an extra secure connection.




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Jetpack back (outside). My favorite bit about this jet pack is that, where the wings start (the wing pivot connection point) is the exact width of the shoulderpads.


Also, fun fact:
I started Cal-Ran with this jetpack. The color scheme and main idea came from this. The transformation part came later when experimenting with body designs. And then the rest was history after the body completion.




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His bow is stored as part of the wings assembly when not in use.
Jetpack wings fold down even with the bow on the pack.




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Arms.







The Gresh blades are built in blades for combat AND built in stabilizers for flight.






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Sharp.
A tire was added later into the gap in the elbow. (pics later)





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Inside view.
The gap underneath the bottom part of the white rahkshi foot was also filled in with a tire later. (pic later)



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Front view. I absolutely LOVE the way the silver meets the white as the armor wraps around the legs.
The gap above the green knee cover was filled in later as well. (pic later)




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Side view. I really like how streamlined it looks in this picture.



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Dat awkward leg bend and articulation doe.. its not meant to be pretty when bent..
Thats all I have to say on the subject lol.



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Leg bend (squat stance) articulation.
Also, the lower leg armor (lego knights) is solely held on by the rubber band due to the lower leg skeleton being a HF part that doesn't mix well with custom ideas so I made it work. It also holds the knee guard up so it doesn't flop down to his toes.
Who knows, I might add white rubber bands rather than the black ones in the future, just thinking out loud.


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Head. Complete with headband and all.




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The headband holds the head together because the friction from ...


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...this grey circle spacer isn't enough to hold the neck piece into the head on its own..


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..so the rubber band pulls the fins to the mask holding the head together.


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Technic custom head ftw.

NOW,


Posing Time!










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With Viridum. (Viridum's post is on its way, no worries!)


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Back to back power duo.



UPDATE: (later)
I hated the fact that I didn't have enough parts to fully color complete him so I ordered some on bricklink and now, he is officially done!!! When I finished his form and mechanical bits, I couldn't wait to take the pics so thats why this update section exists, to show the swapped and added parts.


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Pulled back arrow waiting to strike his target.


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You don't want to EVER see this. If you happen to see this while alive, you wont be for long.. lol


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Before.


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After.
Changed:
blue pegs for shoulderpads/hand connection to grey
red axle for hands/pistons connection to white
red balljoints for pistons to black
red balljoints at ankles to lime
blue&white connectors for ankle to black&grey
grey inner calves to lime


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Swapped:
lime rib grips swapped places with the silver leg piston connector


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Added:
lime greeble studs for hole filling in lower arms
tires for elbow and knee holes
black and grey technic bits for knees
silver studs behind lime knee guards to fill a hole.
silver teeth for added look to chest
grey greeble bits for crotch area filling
lime greeble plate for crotch area filling


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I am SO SO happy with the turn out overall of Cal-Ran.


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The arrow and hand connectors for wielding the bow are stored on the jetpack like so.



***FOURTH WALL***
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CHECKING THIS OUT!!!
If you read all of that, your awesome!

Judging by how long it took me to put this page together, the page for Viridum is now ExTrEmElY daunting seeing as this took 5 hours to put together.. I have twice as many pictures for him (hes my self-moc, im bias lol)
I did have a "page" for him but it was just a Flickr plug with a pic. So I decided to do it right and took it down.
I promise, his wont be like that again. Be sure to keep an eye out for it!
Anywho, thanks again and have a good one!
Catch ya on the flip-flop.



Comments

 I like it 
  June 17, 2015
Epic! love the colors and the shoulders!
 I like it 
  June 17, 2015
This guy is so freaking great!
 
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