Transformers Bumblee plamo build

stevethefish

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No, not the Bumblebee model kit that Trumpeter made; this is the VW Beetle kit by Aoshima. Actually this is originally a kit by Imai, and Aoshima bought the molds when Imai went under. Aoshima also bought Imai's molds for Speed Racer, Mospeada, Thunderbirds, and other series.

I wanted to buy this kit and build it up as Bumblebee because I have a sheet of Autobot decals. The kit doidn't cost much. When I took it home, I realized that it was another one of those car kits that sacrifices accuracy to accommodate a battery compartment. In the '70s and '80s of the Showa Period, such motorized car models were pretty standard in Japan. The seats are raised up to allow a battery to fit underneath. I am pretty sure that Aoshima has another Beetle kit that is not like that, but I do not know which one. I once worked for Aoshima 6 years ago, but never got around to studying their Beetle kits.

Since it had room for a battery compartment, I decided to go all out and light this kit up.I placed a battery pack for two AAA batteries, wired up a switch, and have the headlights, tail lights, and even the license plate lamp lit up. I used an 0402 SMD from HDA Modelworx for the license plate lamp. The headlights and tail lights are standard 3MM LEDs, but I placed diffuser caps onto the tail light LEDs. I took these pictures last night before I realized that I still need to attach the windshield wipers.

I forget who makes the Autobot emblem decals. They were given to me by an internet friend. I could really go for GI Joe decals too, I think.
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I have plenty of Autobot decals left over, so I plan to also build Wheeljack from the legacy Tamiya Lancia Stratos kit, Sideswipe from Fujimi's Lamborghini kit, and Smokescreen from Arii's '79 Nissan Fairlady. Oh, and I also have the Porche Martini kit from Italeri I plan to build as Jazz.

Heck, one could definitely build a Macross Valkyrie and do it in Jetfire's colors with these decals. HMMM...
 

Marktastrophe

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This is awesome, love the LED work.

I'm also excited to see the possibility of more JP Plamo turned Transformer!
 

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Alright, that makes sense. I gotta look for smaller switches all of mine base mount well, but none are small enough to kit mount, lol.
 

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As I'm considering my build, I'm thinking just making the back seat removable and going with no switch. Battery in = power on, battery not in = power off, lol.
 

stevethefish

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As I'm considering my build, I'm thinking just making the back seat removable and going with no switch. Battery in = power on, battery not in = power off, lol.
Here is how I did mine. Again, the seats are for midgets because they are raised to accommodate the battery compartment. There is a detachable door on the bottom. The kit came with no metal parts that were originally meant for battery contacts as it once did in the '80s. Instead, I used that empty compartment to place my own battery pack. You'll see the tiny white switch to the right.
 

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Here is how I did mine. Again, the seats are for midgets because they are raised to accommodate the battery compartment. There is a detachable door on the bottom. The kit came with no metal parts that were originally meant for battery contacts as it once did in the '80s. Instead, I used that empty compartment to place my own battery pack. You'll see the tiny white switch to the right.
Well, now I have to see if I have any old toys or anything kicking around I can repurpose a switch from, lol.
This was clever, and that switch does look like the same thing that was on every couple dollar die cast car from childhood.
 

stevethefish

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These switches cost only 10 cents or something, so it's easier to just buy them. I just buy electronics stuff online and I think most people do this. I hear that Radio Shack in the USA is long gone, as is Fry's Electronics. Options are rather limited. I live in a small town, so the price of shipping is better than getting into my car and driving anywhere, especially with gas prices going up.
 

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These switches cost only 10 cents or something, so it's easier to just buy them. I just buy electronics stuff online and I think most people do this. I hear that Radio Shack in the USA is long gone, as is Fry's Electronics. Options are rather limited. I live in a small town, so the price of shipping is better than getting into my car and driving anywhere, especially with gas prices going up.
I don't know if they were chain or not, but n Okinawa there was a PC store called Goodwill, they had oodles of good stuff. There were also little RadioShack sized shops with nothing but components, I don't know the names of any of those in JP though.
Shipping is usually the killer.
 
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