Speed Racer Mach 5 MODs
Posted 25 June 2008 - 03:42 PM
Anyway, I built the sets when I got home and decided (as I always seem to) that they needed MODing. Snake Oiler and Taejo's cars will probably be scavenged at some point, but the Mach 5 and the Shooting Star were to be MODed to be more movie-accurate. The Shooting Star is in development at the moment, but I finished the Mach 5 the other day, and I have to say, I rather like it. While not absolutely perfect (case in point: the car doors), I think it looks pretty cool, much better than the official, which was by no means bad.
This picture is somewhat reminiscent of one on posters for the film:
While this one's just plain cool:
I kept the basic structure of the official version, but raised everything to look better when Speed is behind the wheel. I also smoothed out the front, the back and the sides (so essentially all of the car).
The front is also more accurate to the film car.
Can you see that I missed a little on the two outer stickers?
The inside was also MODed a bit. I raised the steering wheel, changed the seats and added a gearstick. The seat bottoms should really be red, but then Speed would be too high up.
The headrest might be a little too long, but it looks better this length than one stud shorter in my opinion.
Even the underside got a bit of MODing. I had to pause a trailer on Youtube to get a good look at the underside.
The '5' on the doors is a little small, but that's TLC not me. The doors should also curve inwards at the bottom to make a sort of runner along the side of the car, but I couldn't think of a good way to do this so ignored it.
Of course, the Mach 5 also has some gadgets. I couldn't manage to do the bulletproof canopy, the homing bird, the hubcap shields, the tyre crampons or the self-inflating tyres, but I did include the jumpjacks and the sawblades.
Okay, not brilliant, but at least they're there. The sawblades fare better, and I quite like these. Notice the probably-illegal building technique designed to the blade arm from swinging about wildly.
See the open stud tucked away there? Guess what goes there...
Note also how the windscreen is at the right height for Speed in the driving seat:
Anyway, hope you liked. Now I have to work on getting the Shooting Star MODed.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 03:48 PM
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Posted 26 June 2008 - 11:20 AM
It looks much better now, more solid than the rather empty set, and I can see you've put some thought into it. The weapons are nice too, especially the saws of cource.
Looking forward to the next one!
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Posted 26 June 2008 - 01:29 PM
Though I still consider Speed Racer's cars to be a bit crap-like, your mods really make them look far better! )
Nice work! )
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Edited by The Penguin, 26 June 2008 - 01:31 PM.
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:44 AM
Therefore, not counting Speed and the gadgets, the extra pieces total 171-112=59
And like I said, the '5' is a little small, but that's TLCs sticker for you. For some reason, the didn't want a STAMP here, but were quite happy to give us one on Racer X's Shooting Star.
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