(Update on 24th Jan 2015: Instructions links added at the end of this article)
To start things off, I would like to say.... this escalated very quickly indeed!
It's been about 2 weeks of 2015 when I discovered I had not bought any new sets from this year at all. And I found out there's a backlog of sets I would wish to buy, open and experiment around with, in hope to MOC something nice out of them (one of them is 31024: Roaring Power ... shall wait for discount on that =) .
Anyway... I made a quick drop at the mall after work last Friday and quickly snagged my first 2015 set: LEGO 31034 Future Flyer. I set eyes on this one long ago when the leaked photos of it showed up online and my instinct told me I will have great fun with it.
Reaching home , I quickly build the car mode, then the next day... I attempted the jet plane and mech mode. Excited over it's prospect , the official mech mode lasted only about 3 hours. I dismantled the built, and started MOCing this set the same night while watching Saturday nite TV shows. By Sunday eve.. it's 99% done !!
About this MOC
Future Flymech was made from parts from set 31034, and transforms from a jet plane to a mech without taking off parts. There are variety of hinges (frictioned and non-friction) and balljoints from this set, allowed me to pull this through with a mech with excellent articulations. (although the back kibbles does hinder the posability due to impaired stability )
One thing that I'm proud of is that I managed to streamline the orange parts underneath the wings.There are just a few orange parts from this set to utilize so placing them in the right place is challenging.
The connection as shown by the red arrow is the mech's achilles' heel , easily pops out when transforming him.
And the strongest hinges are used in the folding of the nosecone.
The arms are tucked underneath the wings, being folded out to form shoulders.
The shoulders need support in order for them to be upright and not sagging down. The above showed how a rounded component are being folded down to fill in as the "armpit".
Kinda weird seeing the fingers as back heels, huh. As if he's on stillettos.
The remaining parts unused.
For the PDF file , click on the link below:
Or a zipped version below: