A cool hood ornament turns a next generation farming machine into a murder machine
About this creation
My most ambitious project to date and hopefully more to come. When I saw how cool the City Farm Tractor looked (#7634) I decided to make a mech out of it, especially with that awesome sale TRU was having that day for that set. Originally I planned to use the cockpit as the body, and the rest would be ball/socket-joint bricks with the wheels on each limb to give it that "Transformers" look.
Eventually things didn't turn up as planned as pieces kept falling out and it didn't look as good, but thats when a better idea came up and noticed a design fluke that inspired a more interesting design theme.
The claw was something I made earlier and thought it'd fit this particular model, then I added some fangs into the peg holes. I also remembered some of the smoke stack things I got at the LEGO (C) store recently and just HAD to use those.
To give it a more menacing look, I used the pick blades from the Power miners sets and put em on the shoulders. I realized then I was lucky that all those bricks and the wheels had cross-piece slots. The gun was the most important part of this set. I had bought the 7990-1: Cement Mixer set, so that I could make use of blue tank, just for this MOC. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how big the dang thing was, how it was hard to use, and how heavy it was in general. So I just threw it back into my bucket for future use and found I had a spare black crane piece in there and thought...hmmmmm...this could work...and i put it together right away. The result surprised me, A LOT.
During the building, I happened to have had a dragon tail piece in there. I dunno where it came from but thats when the dinosaur idea started to take more form in my mind. I also found a pre-assembled piece from the 5971-1: Gold Heist set and decided to put that on as well, because thought that this thing should be able fly, because why should it not?
I realized that I ran out of ball/socket-joint bricks as well as ratchet joint bricks for the legs. I decided to instead use the remaining Bionicle pieces I had lying in there and it was done. Everything was perfect but as I posed it more and more, I noticed that there was something missing. Originally, the head was just a design fluke I discovered where the curved hill bricks, tranclucent red chips and a revealing opening of the lower brick to look like teeth gave it that dinosaur look, but it didn't look as good as a stationery head. I then looked around and picked up a ball-joint brick and an old Bionicle head and thought to use that to test it for a while, but then I just went with keeping the Bionicle head because it looked so angry and would top off the entire model perfectly. And I think it did, thus ending a very productive day.
One thing I should note is that since I ran out of ratchet joint bricks, the figure falls quite often. All that extra weight above isn't something the legs are able to support for long consequently but a few posing compensations work extremely well.
Thanks for reading! Now get the hell off my property.
Quoting Jay O'Bee
What kind of wheels are on its arms?
The ones that came with the tractor set. They're the big ones with the holes that are cross-shaped in the rims instead of the usual circle-socket ones that the smaller ones have.
if you look up 7634 on peeron you'll see what i mean if you need a closer look. That's how I was able to put the power miner picks and the cylinders without them spinning around.