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AF-01 Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) painted by wulongti AF-01 Disposal (MTMTE Tailgate) painted by wulongti
This is the v2 version of this mold, printed up from Shapeways. He's not ready for sale yet but he's coming along. I need to redesign the elbows and knees as they ended up being super floppy. That said I'm still pretty happy with how he looks. More pics over on my Facebook Page: [link]

If you're interested in getting one of these little guys for yourself, I'm planning on releasing the final design on my Shapeways shop but it's a slow and costly process. In order to move things faster as well as be able to sell these sets directly I'm trying to save up for my own 3D Printer. This will let me produce and test stuff faster as well as make figures at a larger scale than this. If you'd like to help me reach that goal, I'd be most grateful and have a few rewards lined up for my backers. Please take the time to check out my GoFundMe page, thank you.
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Bellstar Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013   Writer
so cute!
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wulongti Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ^__^
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kaxblastard Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
what did this little guy run you in cost including shipping?
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wulongti Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bulk order all my tests in a single "item" to cut down on shapeways costs and shipping but to order this guy alone is about ballpark $15 plus $6.40 for shipping.

I'm currently working w/ a garage kit producer (StagWolf) to produce this figure at a 3.5" scale in high res material for about the same price.  We're nearly ready for a public release.
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kaxblastard Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yea...see the Shapeways render is kinda crude. I like sharp HD type definition. The technology isn't quite there yet. Nice model btw.
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wulongti Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you should take a look at the other material types then.  Chiefly "Frosted Ultra Detail".  Super sharp, high def details.  But the material is too rigid to use with ball joints for the most part.  Though you can get away with it for some small projects.

also, you should note that the figure above is only 2" tall. ^__^
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kaxblastard Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
2 inches, ...ahhh. Hey thanks for the data. i appreciate it.
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wulongti Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem.
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Laserbot Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
hes... sooo.... TINEEEEEYYYY!!!! AHHHHH! <3
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe yeah.. about 2" tall or so
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Laserbot Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
OHH wow! how much is he selling for now? XD
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't finalized the design to where I'm comfortable selling him to the public yet. still need to improve the joints a bit more... but once done he should run about $20 or so.
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Transformerslover4ev Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Daaawwww, he looks so cute!!!!! <XD
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol thanks! wow.. at this scale every little paint flaw is magnified by like 1000! D:
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Transformerslover4ev Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, he's still cute XD
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JohnnyFive81 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yayy, Tiny Ancient Dude! According to Botcon, there's supposed to be a Tailgate legend that has the Micromaster Groundpounder as a partner. No pics of him yet, though.
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I read that... I better get my version out to the public before hand then! :(
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Dragonjg Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
:faint: he soo cute *grabby hand*
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, I'm pretty happy with how he's turned out. Still some redesign work to be done though ^__^
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Bluetabbycat Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! Did you make him with a 3D printer? I was wondering when people would start MTMTE action figures! :dance:
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CykoHedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hasbro seems to be beating them too it. Swerve, Tailgate, Trailguy, Hoist, Skids... and FP is doing a Chromedome...
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup, he was designed using Sketchup and then printed out via Shapeways. I've also got Pipes and Swerve, though Swerve is waiting for paint. Once I think these are good enough I'll be making the figures available for purchase through my Shapeways shop.
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Bluetabbycat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh! Will you be doing Rung too?
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I plan on it, though I don't think I'll be able to do any larger scale figures than this until I get my own 3D printer [link]
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Bluetabbycat Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh right. When you print them, do you do it all in one go, or print all the body parts separately and assemble them afterwards?
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they are separate though a few of the smaller parts are joined together with a "sprue" so they don't get lost in the polishing and cleaning process. Plus it's much easier to paint them in parts than as a whole lol
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Bluetabbycat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. If you printed out each piece separately, could you dedicate more printing space to each component, resulting in an overall larger model?

Am I making sense here?
I don't have any hands on experience with a 3D printer, so I don't know how viable the ideas that I have for it would be...
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, of course you could. However I don't have my own printer. I have to go through a service (Shapeways.com) and as such the bigger you go/more material used the costlier it gets. I estimate that if I were to print out these figures through Shapeways at about the 3.5" mark then they'd be about $50 each. Keeping them smaller at about 2" I can sell them for about $20 instead.

If I had my own printer to produce them then I assume that I'd be able to get the bigger figures out for that price.
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YeDG Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
astonish! this is wonderful!!!♥♥♥
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Still a fair amount of work to be done on him but he's nearly ready for public release :D
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