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Transformers Tutorial - Building Concealed Weapons into Transformers' Arms
Although this should be a pretty easy thing to figure out how to do, I figure I'd do a tutorial on this anyway. In the movies, animated, the new series Prime,and even some characters back from G1 have had weapons that take the place of their hands. This tutorial demonstrates 1 method for accomplishing this without the removal of parts.
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Here you can see by leaving a cavity open in the arm, you can leave space for the Hand to switch with the weapon. You should build the cavity to the size of your weapon, but in this case I kept them to the dimensions of the hands.


The Weapon fits into the same dimension of space the hand does.


You CAN add a flap to the bottom to keep the arm looking pretty, but remember this may not always work with larger weapons. But in the case of this small cannon, it works just fine.


-Arm with the flap closed


-Arm looking pretty


-Arm example 2. This arm contains a small "SledgeHammer" of sorts. As with its size, This arm has no cover flap.


Rotate the arm to reveal the Hammer


Full view of the Hammer arm - hand fits perfectly into the cavity (Same size cavity as the gun arm). Hammer rotated to a more battle/field ready position


I'd hate to cross paths with this battle ready transformer!


Here's how this system would work with someone like Optimus Prime. His hand areas are not very wide, but they are rather tall. You'll see why in a sec why he has 2 different hands.


For Optimus, you could use this system for transformation purposes. One side has the hand, the other his headlights for vehicle mode.


Here's what it looks like in vehicle mode formation. Not bad right? There is only a few small gaps around the lights - but those are necessary for the transformation.


Now verison 2 for those who like a more "traditional" style.


Simply pop the Hand off - open up the arm flaps and vwola! Optimus' Energon Axe!


Rotate and fold the blade down and Boom!


Optimus Prime is ready for battle! That's all!



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 I made it 
  September 30, 2012
Quoting Jeremy Shepherd Awesome idea
Thanks!
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  September 30, 2012
Awesome idea
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  August 14, 2012
Quoting Autobot Jazz 123 Make instructions please!
instructions? the mechanic is 2 pieces...you just need a harry potter wand (LDD refers to it as a Light Sword - Blade) and a 1x1 with 2 knobs, then you just attach a Hero Factory/Bionicle hand to 1 side and a weapon on the other. After that just build the Transformer/Robot's arm around your weapon. All the other "instructions" are explained in the texts with the pictures.
Chris  - The SledgeHammer
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Autobot Jazz 123
  August 13, 2012
Make instructions please!
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  March 21, 2012
Quoting Wheeljack 8824 This is a great idea!! I may use this in the future, credit will be pointed to you. But in reality, and I believe the extra flap may help this issue, but with the cross-axle pieces to flip around, it wouldn't have enough friction to stay in place.
Thanks! And yes feel free to use this! But actually - that friction problem is somewhat solved by the two "spacer" pieces on either side of the "joint". Don't know if you have ever tried this, but if you "squeese" those two spacer pieces closer to the joint, it sort of creates the friction required to lock the arm into place so that way it doesn't flop all over the place. Another way to solve this problem would be to use a harry potter wand in place of the axel, use a 1x1 brick that has 2 holes going into it - so the wand could slide through, and use that instead if the friction problem bothers you that much :D
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  March 20, 2012
This is a great idea!! I may use this in the future, credit will be pointed to you. But in reality, and I believe the extra flap may help this issue, but with the cross-axle pieces to flip around, it wouldn't have enough friction to stay in place.
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  March 12, 2012
Quoting Medic Physic Tried something approximating to this in my transparent orange chainsaw MOC, but you have actually done it well. I wonder what the point of my efforts were... THIS is FANTASTIC though. It would be nice to see it put into something!
Thanks! You just might see it put into a lot of my future designs! These arms are built to the GENERAL Scale size I make my designs in, and a secret project I was working on, (now on hold till after botcon) Transformers: Prime - Bulkhead, will definitely incorporate this design. In fact - all of the Prime Autobots except Bumblebee so far have shown to have weapons that replace their hands. I plan on eventually making more Prime Characters so you'll start seeing this design a lot!
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  March 12, 2012
Tried something approximating to this in my transparent orange chainsaw MOC, but you have actually done it well. I wonder what the point of my efforts were... THIS is FANTASTIC though. It would be nice to see it put into something!
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  March 12, 2012
That's a super idea! I sort of used the same thing with Unicron's hands. Your first recommendation about having the hand/weapon be the same size as the cavity is sooooo important! It was the longest and most frustrating design part of the whole thing.
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  March 12, 2012
You got some really cool ideas there. Great job on this tutorial! :-))
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  March 11, 2012
nice!
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  March 11, 2012
cool technic here!
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  March 11, 2012
A very useful tutorial and a great technique. Thanks for adding to the group.
 
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