Well, it's been over 4 or 5 years since I bought the pieces... I guess I better work on this thing finally. Free time being so limited, I really don't get to work on anything I'd like to but I have a week off of work so figured might as well give it a go.
I bought a 1/24 scale new VW Beetle model kit off eBay. It happens to have some parts to make a tuner styled car, which I thought might be cool to liven Bee up a little.
I bought a couple extra Alternators for parts (Tracks, Jazz, and a left over Sideswipe). I originally planned on trying to follow the original Binaltech sketches for Bee in regards to transformation. But I think it will be easier to follow MP Bee's transformation instead. So I start with drawing out my cut lines:
Then, start hacking away:
I'll make the other cuts I need later, this is good to start with for measurements and what not while I'm building. I figure I'm going to use Alt Track's legs since they fold up nicely. So I've ripped apart his torso to get at those. Since I've hacked him up, I might as well start repurposing other parts.
In MP Bee, the upper torso rotates around a pin for it to swing down and back for transformation. I shouldn't have to worry about any hood pieces here with the new Beetle to fold away, so I'll focus just on that rotating bit. I noticed that Track's arms are on a tab/slot joint and it looks like it might do the trick:
Made some feet! I used some parts from an ASOBLOCK figure, which is really just a bunch of ball joints and connectors. I looks like it sits well, I just don't know how the weight & balance might affect it later on. Time will tell..