"If you can't swim with the big fish, get out of the pool. My pool."
Back on Cybertron, Battle Wagon was greatly feared by the Decepticons. When the bad guys were dug in, it was his job to get them out. The amount of firepower he can summon in one salvo is staggering. Arriving off the coast of Hawaii made it easy for Teletran 1 to choose an alternate form for him. The World War 2 battleship: USS Missouri. Now, he patrols the ocean searching for Decepticons with his partner and targetmaster, Crosshair. While Fortress Maximus gets things done on the land, Battle Wagon surely gets the job done on the sea.
This idea was quite a challenge and after I have no idea how long, he's finally complete. It was both enjoyable and frustrating to build him. The major issue is two-thirds of his weight is above his waist. I made many minor adjustments where I could to minimize the weight. He can stand on his own but, I was quite wary of leaving him as such which is why he's leaning against the wall in the photos. Transforming is a challenge and takes a lot of room to do. The only item that comes off, or is supposed to, is Crosshair, the rear 16" battery. He stands 15 1/2" tall at the head but, 19" to the top of the arms which act as a counter balance when articulating the arms. In ship mode he's 24" long. I made a point to add all the armament as it would have been back in the WW2 era. I apologize for some of the fuzziness in some of the pictures ahead of time. Take a look and enjoy!
Head close up:
Various Torso Shots:
The most forward 16" battery becomes the left arm cannon:
The second forward 16" battery becomes the right shoulder cannon:
A couple full length shots with Optimus and Crosshair:
And now for a bit of transformation. I laid him on the floor with his arms swung upward to make it easier to take the photos.
Waist rotated 180 with legs folded up:
The forearms rotate inward:
Bow halves swing forward over the forearms:
Chest swings up to be the middle of the super structure while the forward battery swings up:
Middle part of super structure turns 180 and swings down into place while the head folds back to form the forward part of the super structure:
Head flips inward:
maneuver the second battery while the arms merge together to form the forward third of the ship:
The bow section slides back, the feet fold down to form the back of the super structure, and the knees fold down to form the stern:
Crosshair added as the aft battery:
The super structure:
Ready for a broadside:
Optimus hitching a ride:
"Autobots, transform and sail out!"
What's next? Probably nothing this big as I was hoping he would have been easier to pose. I've been thinking about Grimlock. Who knows.
Thanks! I'm rather pleased with the outcome myself although, the only things as far as construction I wasn't too pleased with was how tiny the waist is and the gaping hole in front of the neck but, that's how they had to be to make it all work. Actually, just recreated it in LDD and may upload to see if anyone can improve on it perhaps or I may just keep the design like Unicron.