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Lamborghini Countach SideSwipe
My first non-Technic or alternative build in a very long time. Also my first 1:17 scale model based on a real car, the Lamborghini Countach.
About this creation
This is definitely not the first Countach built on a 1:17 scale, and probably neither the smoothest nor most detailed one. As I do not own any of the 1:17 Racers models, there is a lack in my collection of arches and wheel fenders that fit the wheels nicely. Instead a lot of smaller parts with SNOT techniques are used to accommodate for this.
To make up for the potential lack in detail, something else will be presented that should make this Countach unique...

The rear with the big spoiler on the back.


The Countach has a very distinctive wedged shape.



An overview from the back showing the unusual position and shape of the airintakes.


Another overview, but this time from straight on.


Side profile.


A door can be opened.


And ofcourse both is also an option.


Everything open, including engine cover and bonnet.


From the back the big V12 becomes now visible.


A closer look at the engine with some chrome accents. It takes a lot of space!


A picture from the interior. It's very basic, but those old time supercars do not need the luxurious stuff.


All they need is the basic essentials so there is a gearstick and hand brake for top performance.


So this is it, right? Or this is perhaps where things start to get interesting. Besides an attempt of a scale model of a Countach, this is also a re-imagination of the traditional Autobot SideSwipe Transformer, which conveniently used to be a Countach in Generation 1 (G1). So let the transformation begin!





Step 1: Sideskirts out
Step 2: Rotation of front
Step 3: Arms fold
Step 4: Face turns and shoulder parts go up
Step 5: Elbows and hands, spoiler comes of the back
Step 6: Spoiler attached as chest piece, exhaust pipes flipped
Step 7: Engine cover open
Step 8: Leg folds out
Step 9: Foot and other leg
Step 10: Kneepads and feet
Transformation complete!
Some interesting details; the spoiler becomes part of the chestpiece, and the V12 engine turns into the feet! Now if SideSwipe is willing to arise we can see how he looks.

There he is, presenting himself!


He's turning around now...


Seems like he's turning his back on us!


A view from a bird when it flies over, showing the top of SideSwipe.


Profile pic. Looks like he has a big backpack to carry. Luckily there are no people in there.


A close up of his face.


In 'shy' mode his face is hidden. Here you can also see all the hinges on the bottom.


Some other colour variations made in LDD, just to see what they would look like.

Which one is your favourite?





Comments

  February 16, 2014
he looks kinda chunky and his arms are small but no one said it had to be perfect so i give you a 3 out of 5 good show lad, good show indeed
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  December 8, 2013
Great.
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  December 8, 2013
Whoa!
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  December 8, 2013
Awesome
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  December 2, 2013
Honestly, the way the body came out, it looks more like a Diablo to me, which makes this way more awesome!
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  October 2, 2013
truly remarkable.
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  August 28, 2013
Wow! A Transformer using Technic pieces and scale. It will come out good because of the scale as you have more leeway although having enough parts to build this will be crucial.
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  August 22, 2013
Spectacular!
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  May 30, 2013
Black as night is best color!! looove it this is extremely hard to do on a small scale, but as usual, youve done it!! by the way, i wouldnt want to be in the cabin when this puppy transforms...
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  May 29, 2013
wow! WOW!! this is just AMAZING!!
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  May 29, 2013
It would be cool if there was a picture of your MOC next to a universe Sideswipe action figure just to compare the two. Congratulations for MOTD. This is a great creation.
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  May 29, 2013
I couldn't build an awesome car like that in the first place, let alone one that transforms.
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  May 29, 2013
How cool, MOTD! Thanks everyone for your kind words of appreciation! Never expected it to be this popular...
  May 29, 2013
now you should try making the dodge viper version!!!
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  May 29, 2013
This blew my mind when I first saw it, and it still does now. One of the most incredible MOCs ever built. A more deserving MOTD I can't think of. : )
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  May 29, 2013
A worthy MOTD for one of the best transformers on the whole site.
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  May 29, 2013
robot mode isn't bad but i think the vehicle mode really shines, nice work :D
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  May 29, 2013
I love the car! no worries about the lack of smooth wheelarches and stuff like that, the original Countash looks very edgy in real life and this model captures it perfectly! To me, the transforming function is really just something extra, this is a beautiful car model!
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  May 29, 2013
Never ceases to amaze! The fact that you managed to make all the parts fold up and away, especially with the "fiddly" lego technic parts, is really ground breaking! A truly deserving MOC of the day; 5/5.
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  May 29, 2013
This one deserves 6 or 7 : D
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  May 29, 2013
fantastic! love the interior . i had sideswipe when i was younger he was my favorite autobot.great job this is crazy good.
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  May 29, 2013
Congratz! I concur with Mortalswordsman :-)
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  May 29, 2013
Wow...the car was awesome, but then it TRANSFORMED! Congratulations on MOTD.
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  May 29, 2013
This is an excellent work of Lego creationism. Sorry the rating cannot be any higher - 6 Legos or whatever those little yellow things are! LOL
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  May 29, 2013
Awesome! Congrats on MOTD!
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  May 29, 2013
The best MOTD in quite a while! -LB Jr.
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  May 29, 2013
Congratulations my friend. One of the best mocs on the site. I just love the ‘Money shot’ - it still amazes me to see how all his limbs fold up perfectly under the shell. Fantastic!
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  May 29, 2013
I'd have trouble just building a Countach that looked this good. But if that thing really does unfold into a transformer then this is truly astonishing.
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  May 29, 2013
congrats on MOTD!!! yesterday i was actually looking at it, and thought it would make a cool MOTD! XD
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  May 29, 2013
Forgot to mention MOTD!
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  May 29, 2013
Oh... My,.. GOOD LORD! This is AMAZING!
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  May 29, 2013
I'm still fascinated by this, genuinely one of the best Lego creations ever made. Congrats on MOTD!
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  May 29, 2013
A more than deserved MOTD, still one of my all-time favourite MOCs on MOCpages! :-))
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  May 29, 2013
Congrats on a well deserved MOTD!! :)
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  May 29, 2013
What a gem! MOTD classic.
  April 18, 2013
Wow, amazing. This was put up in 2011 and I have only just seen it. Some people commented on thin arms in robot mode, but I disagree. Robot mode overall looks good, well proportioned and detailed. Incredible build. Car mode is excellent. Envious of your Lego skills.
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  February 11, 2013
This is an amazing model. The Car itself is impressive enough but transforming it into a fully articulated Robot is mind blowing... Looks like a long way to go for me to get even close...Lots of fun ahead then. Thanks for this great idea!
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  December 24, 2012
The car mode is awesome! And it fully transforms into an articulated figure! 5/5
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  November 19, 2012
Amazingly Amazing. My favourite character of all time brought to life in lego. Incredible job! Be nice if the doors ended up on his arms and he had a shoulder cannon :( Still, nice work!
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  November 8, 2012
robot mode a lil' chubby but still awesome! 'motd'
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  October 20, 2012
Amazing how you made such a detailed model of a countach turn into a totally awesome transformer! Keep it up!
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  October 13, 2012
How, how, how?! This car has all the epic details of the Countach and can still be a Transformer! Most Transformers are pretty unreal as car but this isn't at all. Even if this wasn't a Transformer this would be epic and full of details. Amazing job!
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  September 15, 2012
i really like all those details in it, especially for being a transformer! although i'm not a fan of transformers i am amazed by the way it looks, and how you figured out how to have it in car mode too! really impressive! 1000/1000
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  June 22, 2012
Amazing,a great looking car modus and the transformer modus are both perfect,how long do you need to build this?
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  June 17, 2012
Really good, please could you join my group Lamborghini owners club: http://mocpages.com/group.php/20821 Thanks
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  June 5, 2012
one of the best transformed MOC i've ever seen here on the page! Maybe you could do a little stopMotion of transforming :-) ?
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  March 17, 2012
Its just wonderful!Superb job!!:-))
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  February 19, 2012
Great little car, very detailed considering the alternative function (ahem) and one of the cleverest little builds i have ever seen. great work! :)
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  February 7, 2012
Cool! I think the arms are a little small though.
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  February 3, 2012
Hey, this is too cool. Your vehicle is spot-on scale-wise, and your robot is nicely detailed. I hope you have more Transformers in your files...
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  January 26, 2012
This is amazing! The car is very detailed and way it transforms is even better.
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  January 24, 2012
His arms a little wimpy looking, but I was non the less impressed by this. The Lamborghini mode is nearly perfect by itself, but to transform G1 style? Awesome.
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  January 16, 2012
Excellent Lego transform able vehicle and it is the best I have seen on mocpages! Also can you check out my Lego Agera and comment on it? thanks!
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  January 3, 2012
Nathanael, thank you for your recent comments on my Classic Race Teams mocs especially your carefully worded critic of my GT40. I couldn’t find any of your micro mocs (maybe they are on brickshelf) so I am having another look at this masterpiece. I still can’t believe how you have managed to do this it is breathtakingly good. I think I will reduce my GT40 to this size but I very much doubt it will come anywhere close to looking as good as this. As you know you are a huge inspiration to me and your comments are always are well received. I think I will build another alternate soon I need a break from big cars.
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  December 22, 2011
I've just rediscovered this beauty and seen, that I haven't written a comment, yet. So, it's about time :-)) In my opinion it's already one of the best Countach models in this scale: Cool shaping, a lot of details and a nice interiour, a great LEGO model - WOW! But you've added the extra candy and built it as a Transformer - Yeah, Sideswipe! It's awesome! Great job! :-))
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  October 23, 2011
this is great! its very hard to make transfomers,especially in lego. going to post some of mine soon too!
Nathanael Kuipers
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Preston the insane Petrolhead
  October 1, 2011
WOW! when i saw it i thought, "yeah its just another big car, and its pretty good" then, i saw its features,"the doors and engine cover are cool" then i saw it transform! then i thought " WOW, this is GREAT!" I congratulate you 55555/5
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  September 25, 2011
the feet is good , more improvement in the arms. :D
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  September 1, 2011
this is the best sideswipe ever created, it reminds me of the alternators series, extremely detailed with all a features of a model car including an interior and a excellent robot mode! great job!!
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  September 1, 2011
Congratulations ! You just won 1st prize in my 4th car contest; the results are up in the conversation if you're curious who won the other places :) - Dan
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  August 2, 2011
Seeing is believing, the Countach is already very well-made, but how you managed to make eveything turn around and transform in a robot? Fantastic job.....!
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  July 25, 2011
The car looks really good...and then I found out it even Transforms...AWESOME JOB!
Nathanael Kuipers
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Jake *Bubble*
  July 23, 2011
Really? Opps!! I saw DOTM and hes a grey corvette, sorry for the mixup.
Nathanael Kuipers
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Jake *Bubble*
  July 23, 2011
@Nightcrawler . This is not the DOTM version.
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  July 21, 2011
amazing job, lots of detail even better tham some official human alliance or alternatery/alternator figures,
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  July 21, 2011
wow! amazing creation! one of my favorite cars of all time, and it was released on my birthday! great job!
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  July 21, 2011
A simply wonderful creation. I like G-1 MOCs.
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  July 20, 2011
Stunning. Breathtaking. Speechless. Total respect...
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  July 20, 2011
5/5. Epic moc except there is one problem...This is not sideswipe.....Sideswipe is the grey/silver sports car with a blade under his hand.I don't know the name of this one even after watching the movie.But I do know he kicks butt.
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  July 20, 2011
There are no words for how awesome this is! Nice Moc.
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  July 20, 2011
Instantly recognizable Countach that transforms... Impressive job !
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  July 20, 2011
Best LEGO Countach ever...oh IT TRANSFORMS!!!
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  July 19, 2011
Wow, this is an amazing moc! Both modes look awesome (especially the car). Congratulations on a wonderfull moc
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  July 19, 2011
Wow what a great Moc! I made a bumblebee transformer at a smaller scale (almost minifigure scale) and it was very difficult-I find that the smaller you go, the more detail is compromised and the harder it is to make. You on the other hand have great detail.
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  July 19, 2011
When making a transforming model of a car, you always have to compromise on something. Either the looks of the car, or the detail of the interior, or both. But what amazed me so much was that yours has no compromises!! Its a completely perfect model car, and yet, transformed, its still functional and great to look at. Wondeful work! :D
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  July 18, 2011
nice build, great transformer.
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  July 18, 2011
6/5! I saw this car and thought it might be cool. Then it suddlenly transform! well done, making it look good in both forms!
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  July 18, 2011
Thanks everyone for your kind comments! This positive attention has been overwhelming and a bit unexpected.
Quoting Jake . Umm thats not Sideswipe, Sideswipe is the grey corvette. But this is still well made!
History shows that Sideswipe has had many different incarnations. Actually in the first and original generation he was a Countach. I guess this was before your time...
Nathanael Kuipers
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Jake .
  July 17, 2011
Umm thats not Sideswipe, Sideswipe is the grey corvette. But this is still well made!
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  July 17, 2011
brilliant! the car is great, but the transformer is a little fat...
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  July 15, 2011
Amazing as always, Nathanael.
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  July 15, 2011
Wow! Great job! The alternative form looks a lot better than the robot form which is a big clunky-looking. But that's allowed when it's so awesome like this! It's amazing how it transforms and I'm glad you put pictures of it actually transforming because you don't very often get those on other Transformer mocs on here. Great stuff. --Blast--
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  July 15, 2011
Impressive!
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  July 15, 2011
The Countach is excellent. I'm not a Transformers fan, but this does the two jobs with style.
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  July 15, 2011
very very impressive
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  July 15, 2011
Wow! There are a few Sideswipes out there but none of them manage as good a representation of the Lamborghini as this. I'm impressed that you managed to get so much interior detail and still have room for the transformation parts. Fantastic!
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  July 14, 2011
I especially love the car mode! Gotta make it look good.
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  July 12, 2011
Impressive, both models are excellent
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  July 11, 2011
Lamborghinis are some of the coolest cars ever. And a transformer! Brings me back to 1986. That transformation series in the middle really makes the whole presentation.
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  July 11, 2011
Ingenious! I love it. At first I thought there's no way you actually built it to work as a transformer since every door opens on it but I was amazed when I saw the last photos! Well done!
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  July 10, 2011
Just to add mine to all the other voices here...Great build! The Countach is fantastic by itself. It has all of the articulation that we have come to expect from your work. BUT...To have it also be a transformer is icing on the cake. INCREDIBLE!
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  July 10, 2011
Wow, that's one of the best transforming transormers yet. To nail the Countach shape and then have it transform as well, it's absolutely amazing!
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  July 10, 2011
ravishingly beautiful!
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  July 10, 2011
Amazing! the car is awesome, but you still managed to make it an epic creation by transforming it! Well done and keep it up!
Nathanael Kuipers
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Jernej Krmelj
  July 9, 2011
Wow, that is just razy! All the details and than it transforms!! Awesome!
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  July 9, 2011
I would never know if it was a transformer, thats how seamless this model is! Superb work!
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  July 9, 2011
I'd say that your techniques for the wheelarches are better than one-piece ones, well done
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  July 9, 2011
Just fantastic!
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  July 9, 2011
Whoa, I cant even BEGIN to imagine the amount of thought and try-outs I would need to make something like that. I wouldnt even dare! Fantastic AND beautiful!
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  July 9, 2011
omg that is the best lego transfomers ever!!!!!
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  July 9, 2011
Not the first, not the smoothest but definitely the best! Even without the transformer!
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  July 9, 2011
that's simply amazing!
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  July 9, 2011
Again a astonishing model. Both the coutach and transformer are fantastic! Keep on MOC-ing!!!!
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  July 9, 2011
No way!! How does it do that which such a good interior and engine!? That's a real Transformer. 10/10
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  July 9, 2011
ho my god that's the perfectiom made like sideswipe!!! plz check my ldd version of sideswipe http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/219757
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  July 9, 2011
Oh Lordy! If it was 'just' a Countach it'd be impressive - and then it did THAT. I'm speechless.
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  July 9, 2011
Masterbuild
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  July 9, 2011
One of my new favorite MOCs for 2011! You can't even tell it's a transformer by looking at the main photo! If I were you though, I wouldn't have said anything. You should have just said it was a model of a Countach and then waited for everybody's funny reactions when they saw that it transformed. (haha)
Nathanael Kuipers
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Sam Knavel
  July 8, 2011
epic! I thought it was just a model at first glance!
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  July 8, 2011
Wicked. The Lamborghine Countach model itself it a good one. Add in that it's Sideswipe and it's perfect.
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  July 8, 2011
Two thumbs up! Great build.
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  July 8, 2011
The car mode is stunning. If you took a sander to those studs and made it smooth, I would swear it was a toy car and not a Lego car. The fact that it transforms is amazing. While the robot mode itself isn't as good as the car, it's still looks great. Wonderful work!
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  July 8, 2011
Whoa! That's (almost) perfect! Complete SNOT or complete exposed studs would make it look better. But hey! Its one of the better Countachs I've seen here.
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  July 8, 2011
Looks great, Dude!
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  July 8, 2011
An amazing MOC, I do not think it could get any better. Sure you could probaly make it studless and more rounded but I sort of like the boxie studded look. An exelent job, you couldn't even tell it was a transformer when it was in vehicle mode.
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  July 8, 2011
The car looks great, the robot mode needs some work, but overall, a great MOC. Although it looks like you may be missing a 1x2 Jumper Plate on the right side of his head...
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  July 8, 2011
amazing but it is true the arms need a little work
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  July 8, 2011
Amazing! Though I agree with Moodswim, his arms need work. ;)
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  July 8, 2011
Wow, and excellent Countach to begin with, those wheel-wells especially. But its robot form is also very good!
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  July 8, 2011
A quick look at the main pic, and I thought this was JUST a great looking Lamborghini. Then I read the name Sideswipe, and I realized, it's a Transformer TOO?! Excellent work on this model. I'm really liking all the detail you put into the car mode. Any plans on making his brother Sunstreaker?
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  July 8, 2011
Incredible. I've tried a transformer but put it on hold after a few failed attempts. This is what I wanted to achieve - an accurate car and a free standing transformer. By far the best I've seen anyone do. Great stuff.
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  July 8, 2011
Awesome work! The great thing about this is, in car mode you can't even tell it transforms. My only suggestion would be to try and bulk up/lengthen the arms. Otherwise, this is a real beaut!
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  July 8, 2011
Lamborghini is always a favorite. Transformer makes it that much better.
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  July 8, 2011
Nice work! The "car mode" looks very accurate and I like how it can transform! I think it's a little studdy, but it's still great!
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  July 8, 2011
Wow!! This is unbelievably good. It looks so good in car mode that you would never guess it is a transformer. I love the studs showing and the snot is great too. Robot mode is also brilliant. I am working on a transformer right now - jetfire :).
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  July 8, 2011
WOW! Both modes are exellent!
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  July 8, 2011
Awesome great transformer!
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  July 8, 2011
two thumbs up! I especially like the detail on the car mode!
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  July 8, 2011
I was pleased to see such well looking and proportioned Countach, and then a transformation began. Respect!
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  July 8, 2011
This is brilliant! The car is stunning! The fact it transfors is just mind boggling. My favourite creation of yours, i want one! any instructions? if i could give a million smileys i would but 5 will have to do :):):):):)
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  July 8, 2011
Love the attention to details.
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  July 8, 2011
Kick arse!
 
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