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G1 Transformer Powerglide (mini figure scale / transformable)
This is my first Lego Transformer jet fighter íV Powerglide. I am glad to add this guy into my Transformer collection.
About this creation


Please check out the following link for information regard to the A-10 Thunderbolt jet fighter. I actually based on the proportion of the real jet fighter as my reference when I build my Powerglide in jet mode. The only major different is the front area (head) proportion is slightly larger in compare with its overall size.

http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/a-10/

For information about Transformer Powerglide, please visit the below link:

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Powerglide_(G1)



Lego company used Dark Red for its Marvel Iron Man character. I am not sure is this Dark Red suit Powerglide the most, but the typical Lego Red is just too bright for a military vehicle like A-10 in my opinion.

Before I started this project, I merely have a little amount of Dark Red pieces although I have quiet a huge inventory. Therefore, I needed to purchase the required pieces online from different sellers, it cost me almost USD 200 to finishing this in addition. I am quite picky in choosing specific brick color and shape. The most expensive element is the Dark Red hinge which is deemed to be very rare and cost around USD 10 for one piece.



If I made it in 1:35 scale which is what I believed close to mini-figure scale, it would be about 1/3 larger than the one I made. The reason I wish to make it smaller is because this character is simply a Minibot Transformer. Hence, you will see it later that I did not make the leg extension system for it, to avoid making the robot taller (the original G1 toy use leg extension when transform it into robot).



I added some features like the landing gear, front machines gun and ability to carry missiles to make it more realistic. One of the biggest challenges is to maintain the jet body into 4 studs wide, along hiding the transformation system inside.



The landing gear is retractable and the main wheels can be retracted into the wings after taken off, just like the A-10 jet design. However, the wheels do not roll and only for display purpose just like a plastic model.




The cockpit.









Due to the limitation, its face cannot be hidden away when in jet mode.





Of course it still fits in a mini-figure.



Get start to transformer.















One of the feature mechanism is to turn the 4 stud wide jet body into a 6 stud wide robot torso.



















The leg transformation does not involve extension like the original toy. The reason is I do not want the robot goes too tall, simply because it is a mini-bot character. Nevertheless, the size of Powerglide is not so realistic in robot mode when compare to some other transformers. In fact, a robot transform from a plane should be a lot bigger than a robot transform from a car.



Then transform it into the foot.













Finally, do the arms.









Transformation completed!











One of the weaknesses of this MOC is the use of this little tow ball joints to make the knees and ankle joints, which are not quite stiff enough to support the whole MOC weight. But in considering the overall shape n transformation mechanism, I still chose to use it.



I would like to maintain the G1 look and posture in robot mode.









This could be the only solution to get these 2 elements connected without having a gap in between. See the special axle I used.






Thank you for watching. Until next time!



Comments

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  October 4, 2017
I happened to notice what looked liked an awesome A-10 Warthog jet on the home page... Only to find out that it is ALSO a very smooth and thorough transformer as well! I was certainly not expecting THAT! A pleasant surprise! Well done, my friend. Funny, I am also intending to eventually make something similar to the Warthog Airmech from the Airmech video game, so this is extremely inspiring!
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  October 3, 2017
Dang, this guy is absolutely fantastic! Looks just like the G1 cartoon!
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  October 2, 2017
Thought I had the best powerglide out there. This is way too amazing! Your level of engineering is unsurpassed good sir!
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  October 2, 2017
Quoting Bacon Tomato Thank you for being honest about some of the short-comings of this model. I'm not sure what you mean by the ball sockets not supporting the weight. They appear to support the weight in your pictures. Did you use some invisible supports, maybe behind the model? -||- Anyway, It looks like Powerglide both in jet-plane mode and in robot mode and I love it!
Thanks for the comment Bacon! I did not use any invisible support to stablise the robot. Excuse me for my explanation. What I mean is the small ball sockets may not be too stiff enough to hold the robot body when in position that the knee being bend substantially. But the situation is not that bad anyway.
 I like it 
  October 2, 2017
Thank you for being honest about some of the short-comings of this model. I'm not sure what you mean by the ball sockets not supporting the weight. They appear to support the weight in your pictures. Did you use some invisible supports, maybe behind the model? -||- Anyway, It looks like Powerglide both in jet-plane mode and in robot mode and I love it!
 I made it 
  October 1, 2017
Quoting Promar Quadratus Phenomenal work here Alex! I made an A-10 fighter a while back, but noticed how much this one was, so I clicked on it. Imagine my awe when I realized that you had actually made this a transformable creation... Wow. Quite amazing, I'm truly stunned at the smoothness and flexibility of this entire thing. My hat's off to you, you've used Lego in the way it was intended. God bless and keep right on brickin'! ~Promar~
Thanks Promar! I just checked your works and they are all great. I love your A-10 too, it looks awesome.
 I like it 
  September 30, 2017
Phenomenal work here Alex! I made an A-10 fighter a while back, but noticed how much this one was, so I clicked on it. Imagine my awe when I realized that you had actually made this a transformable creation... Wow. Quite amazing, I'm truly stunned at the smoothness and flexibility of this entire thing. My hat's off to you, you've used Lego in the way it was intended. God bless and keep right on brickin'! ~Promar~
 I made it 
  September 28, 2017
Quoting Stuart Lucas I have to take my hat off to you, this is a technical masterclass. Plane transformers are so difficult to do well! In particular the method you came up with to go from 4-wide fuselage to 6-wide torso is genius. Well worth the investment!
Thanks Stuart! Yes, the result is actually better than what I expected in the beginning.
 I like it 
  September 28, 2017
I have to take my hat off to you, this is a technical masterclass. Plane transformers are so difficult to do well! In particular the method you came up with to go from 4-wide fuselage to 6-wide torso is genius. Well worth the investment!
 I like it 
  September 27, 2017
Fantastic!
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  September 27, 2017
Very impressive work!
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  September 27, 2017
This is absolutely amazing! It's so hard to tell that it's a transformer! Magnificent work!
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  September 25, 2017
I had no idea that this cool plane contained a Transformer, totally awesome!
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  September 25, 2017
Wow, that's just freaking awesome. Both modes and the transformation are just perfect. Great job! :-))
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  September 24, 2017
Incredible work! The A10 shaping blew me away... then I realized you had built a transformer!!
  September 24, 2017
Alex, once again your rendition of a Transfomer is spot on. I really like the Color choice, i think this Red is perfect!
  September 24, 2017
Beautiful job, Alex. Some great engineering solutions employed throughout. The feet are my favorite part, although everything about it is well executed. As for the joints, options are limited with LEGO, and it comes down to understanding how much weight and stress they can handle, and you've managed to incorporate an impressive amount of dynamism and stability just using those small ball and socket joints. Well done!
 I like it 
  September 24, 2017
Normally I'm not intrested in Transformers, but this is so awesome that I couldn't ignore it. Teriffic!
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  September 24, 2017
Look at this! This is freakin' awesome.
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  September 23, 2017
Wooooow such a masterpiece!!! My idol Alex!!!
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  September 23, 2017
I'm speechless. Genius.
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  September 23, 2017
Genius! Pure genius! The engineering is brilliant! I love how you designed the leg transformation (as well as the arms and torso)! He looks amazing in both modes! Fantastic work Alex!
 I like it 
  September 23, 2017
Another incredible transformer added to your awesome collection, this is absolutely perfect
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  September 23, 2017
Very well done!
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  September 23, 2017
I clearly remember an old G1 episode from the show that showcased Powerglide and this human girl he had a little crush on. I thought it was a cute ep. Anyways, great job on the MOC. PG hasn't look soo good! CHEERS!
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  September 23, 2017
Holy cow! That's absolutely fantastic! Love it!!
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  September 23, 2017
Absolutely incredible.
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  September 23, 2017
WOW!!! FANTASTIC JOB!!!
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  September 23, 2017
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! Amazingly built!!!! Amazingly designed! Amazingly transformed!!! Did I mention it's amazing???? Well done!
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  September 23, 2017
Fantastic work. Well done. Must have been quite time consuming to complete.
 I like it 
  September 23, 2017
Excellent work!
 I made it 
  September 23, 2017
Quoting Joshua C. Wow! I really didn't expect you to widen his chest, super clever. I also really love that arm design, that's a very clever and good looking way to get his arms folded in jet mode. Great work!
Thanks Joshua. One of the recent toy has that way to widen the chest and I just simply copied the idea.
 I like it 
  September 23, 2017
Wow! I really didn't expect you to widen his chest, super clever. I also really love that arm design, that's a very clever and good looking way to get his arms folded in jet mode. Great work!
 I like it 
  September 23, 2017
Looks excellent!
 
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