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#1 Brainbox

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 03:42 PM

I went to see Speed Racer the other week, then succumbed on the way home and bought Speed Racer/Snake Oiler and Racer X/Taejo Togokhan. They were on offer as well, so even better.

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.

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This picture is somewhat reminiscent of one on posters for the film:

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While this one's just plain cool:

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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).

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The front is also more accurate to the film car.

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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.

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The headrest might be a little too long, but it looks better this length than one stud shorter in my opinion.

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Even the underside got a bit of MODing. I had to pause a trailer on Youtube to get a good look at the underside.

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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.  :laugh:

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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.

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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.

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See the open stud tucked away there? Guess what goes there...

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Yep.

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Note also how the windscreen is at the right height for Speed in the driving seat:

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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

Nice MODs! I like how you added the jump and cutter abilities for the Mach 5 like from the TV show. Good job, the Mach 5 looks better like this! :thumbup:

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 04:02 PM

Cheers Adam. I was going for the look from the movie, but I guess the Mach 5 from there does look pretty similar to the TV Series Mach 5. Glad you liked it.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 05:39 PM

nice MODs. how many extra pieces were involved? (aside from the perfect saw blades and cool jump jacks)

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 09:39 PM

My reaction (in chronological order):
*oh2* *huh* :wub:
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 10:33 PM

Wow! That is definatly more movie accurate! I like how you actually added gadgets. And you made the car look way better. :classic: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted 26 June 2008 - 11:20 AM

Great job BB1. Love them mods, looks really movie accurate (from what I've seen) and I love your weapons. Great job on the interior too, love the seats, and nice addition of the "5" on the "doors"  :tongue:  
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

Great work there, Brainbox! )

Though I still consider Speed Racer's cars to be a bit crap-like, your mods really make them look far better! )

Nice work! )  :classic:

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:44 AM

Thanks everyone. Glad you liked it.

View Postadik_sa_lego, on Jun 25 2008, 06:39 PM, said:

how many extra pieces were involved? (aside from the perfect saw blades and cool jump jacks)
Um... I don't know. After a quick count, the MOD has 171 pieces. Bear in mind it was a quick count, and I'm likely to have miscounted somewhere. So, that's 171 pieces, plus 4 for Speed himself, and 22 on the gadgets (197 maths boffins). A quick scan through the instructions reveals a piece count of 112 (plus 4 on Speed, making 116).

Therefore, not counting Speed and the gadgets, the extra pieces total 171-112=59

View PostWilhelm screamer, on Jun 25 2008, 10:39 PM, said:

My reaction (in chronological order):
*oh2* *huh* :wub:
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View PostCyclone Titan, on Jun 25 2008, 11:33 PM, said:

That is definatly more movie accurate!
Oh you don't know how long I spent trawling the internet for good reference pics.  :laugh:

View PostBatbrick, on Jun 26 2008, 12:20 PM, said:

looks really movie accurate (from what I've seen)
Have you not seen the film then?

View PostBatbrick, on Jun 26 2008, 12:20 PM, said:

Great job on the interior too, love the seats, and nice addition of the "5" on the "doors"  :tongue:
Even if the seats do have no actual bottom.  :laugh:

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.

View PostBatbrick, on Jun 26 2008, 12:20 PM, said:

Looking forward to the next one!
So am I!

View PostThe Penguin, on Jun 26 2008, 02:29 PM, said:

Though I still consider Speed Racer's cars to be a bit crap-like
What? I love the cars, they're fantastic. So sleek and cool, and effortlessly stylish.
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