Sketches in ABS

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Sketches in ABS

Postby spacemonkey » Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:54 am

While I've been tinkering on my two mobile frame companies off and on over the last couple years, it had been awhile since I had put together something new so a couple months back I took a crack at building a copy of these cool Shuddernaught frames I'd seen posted in the Flickr group. The end result turned out a bit different:

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Mobile Frame Sketch by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr

Part/color limitations forced me to try something different for the "head" and after that I decided to swap the original arms with some sleeker and more straight forward gun mounts. I'm pretty pleased with the end result.

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Mobile Frame Sketch by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr

Over all, I found the legs and core to be really stable but the arm/shoulder connections are a bit fiddly and prone to come off. The pilot is an old Mircomachines fig of mine that I discovered stands almost perfectly at 7P scale.

Pleased with how my previous build session had gone, I took another crack a few weeks ago with this awesome drone as inspiration. This was the result:

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Labor Frame Sketch by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr

I imagine this one as a labor frame that operates both as forklift and timber clearing machine. It's not very visible but there is a trans-black 1x1 slope located between the two body dishes where the operator is actually meant to sit. The yellow "eye" is meant to be a work/spot light.

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Mr. Slicey by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr

Playing around with the design, I discovered when the blade arms and contraption were rotated into place praying mantis style, the whole frame takes on a much more menacing stance. I think I will call it Mr. Slicey. :twisted:

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Mr. Slicey Attacks! by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr

Couldn't resist a good action shot. While the legs only have a few stable poses, the frame is reasonably sturdy though the cone to body connection at the front is bit of a weak connection when fiddling with the arms.
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Re: Sketches in ABS

Postby Grass4hopper » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:52 am

Nice job on both frames. I especially like Mr Slicey.
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Re: Sketches in ABS

Postby VitorFaria » Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:17 am

Mr. Slicey is both terrifying and realistic. Really great!
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Re: Sketches in ABS

Postby spacemonkey » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:28 pm

Picked up an actual light box early in 2017 and while I played around some with new builds and updating some old over the year, I only got around to photographing anything yesterday; so here's to starting the New Year with last year's accomplishments! :P

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Yellow Frame Sketch (Front) by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr
When I got my light box, I wanted to put together something to test it out and this is what I came up with. Unfortunately my build session ran so late, I didn't get around to taking the photos when I originally planned. :oops:

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Yellow Frame Sketch (Rear) by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr
Had a ton of fun playing around with a lot of different pieces while putting this together; unfortunately the hip connections are pretty weak.

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Yellow Frame Sketch by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr
Despite the frame's structural flaws, I'm very pleased with how the scale and shaping on this turned out. :)

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Red Frame Sketch on Flickr by my wife
When my wife saw me tinkering with the above frame, she decided to try her hand at a build of her own. She was inspired by the (big red) cyborg Kikuchiyo from the Samurai 7 anime series. This was my wife's first attempt at building a mobile frame; I like her color choices and how sturdy it is. :D

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Pair of Scuttlers by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr
These aren't original creations but my attempt to replicate the I-ST-01D Scuttler from Soren's errata frames. I love the chunky forelegs of this design as well as the unique pieces Soren used for the cannon bases; those old throw bot heads were surprisingly cheap but a little fun to track down.

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Scuttlers (Scale) by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr
I've had these mostly assembled for awhile but finally got around to picking the couple last pieces I needed to finish them through Bricklink. Ultimately, I would like to use the pair of frames as part of a demo set up but right now they're still a bit fiddly.

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Quake Mech (30379) by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr
So this isn't my own design but just a polybag set I picked up on a whim one day while passing through Walmart. That said, it was really fun to build and I love how much attitude this little mecha can display with it's dynamic design.

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Quake Mech (Scale) by mtspacemonkey, on Flickr
Originally thought I would break it down for parts for my other Mobile Frame Zero builds but it really is at a perfect scale so it is basically a frame in a bag so I might keep it together or try building some variants off the core. :geek:
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Re: Sketches in ABS

Postby VitorFaria » Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:03 pm

The arm guns go really well with the torso binoculars on the yellow sketch!
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Re: Sketches in ABS

Postby Raedien » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:43 pm

I can not find those freakin' quake mechs...

Oh, and your frames are nice too, particularly that first one.
(And I really appreciate you being upfront about it's durability.)
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Re: Sketches in ABS

Postby spacemonkey » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:12 am

VitorFaria wrote:The arm guns go really well with the torso binoculars on the yellow sketch!

Thanks. I can't remember if I added them before or after the gun arms but the binoculars work well as greebles.

Raedien wrote:I can not find those freakin' quake mechs...

I picked mine up at my local Walmart. I had considered picking up another one or two but the next time I visited they had cleared out the display for a different (less awesome) polybag set. :(

Raedien wrote:Oh, and your frames are nice too, particularly that first one.
(And I really appreciate you being upfront about it's durability.)

Thanks and durability is something I really look/try for in a frame; a good sturdy build means it can endure fiddling with for camera poses and hopefully be robust enough for repeated handling during game play. :geek:
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Re: Sketches in ABS

Postby KungFujiApple » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:04 am

I really like these frame builds. Actually all the frame builds in the forum are pretty cool :)
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Re: Sketches in ABS

Postby spacemonkey » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:36 pm

Thanks! And yes this forum has a ton of awesome and inspiring builds for frames. :)
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