Started end of last year , I was almost done building this creation in 2 weeks. Then I deliberately put it in "cold storage" (not literally of course!). Why? Well...
I was not so satisfied with the initial head design, as I couldn't tuck it inside the jet mode snugly. Hoping to revisit this project months later with better ways to improve it, but nope, I was absolutely stumped. And it's been more than 5 months, and I can sense my enthusiasm is waning,
Recently I had a relevation that set 31102: Fire Dragon used for this project , can be potentially used for another Transformer with a different alternate mode (cue rounded plates) . So I must quickly put a closure to this one, publish it, then move on to the next.
Set 31102 was released 2 years ago, and I had made 5 Transformers from it (click here to view previous ones).
A bat-former built with set 31102
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
This creation was heavily inspired from VF-1 Valkyrie fighter jet from Macross anime series.
This project was started at the same weekend where I also built a Valkyrie using LEGO Ninjago set 71707 (click here to view it)
Due to the tail fins being too tall, I need to prop the jet up with external LEGO parts not from set 31102.
Let your imagination run wild! Did you see a big-headed old man with flappy arms wearing a helmet and elf shoes in the photo above?
The light gray ball joint stub at the back was initially meant to hold a panel to fill up the rear of the jet mode. But I finally delegated the mass to the legs instead.
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Building Instructions in the form of a video tutorial , is located at the bottom of this page.