This custom/kitbash was one I had really wanted to do since I first saw it done on the Japanese boards, and another by Viagra Prime: Cybertron Metoplex into Fortress Maximus. I let the desire simmer for a couple of years, and when Cybertron Metroplex hit Dollar General stores at $19.99 (holiday season 2007), I decided the time was now, and soon I'd gotten started on my first custom Transformer.
For this custom, I used a Superion Head as the base for Max's noggin. I made a ball-joint for the neck, courtesy of a Xevoz Alpha Centurion. I used G1 Battletrap guns for the forearm cannons, and G1 Drag-Strip cannons stand in for Fort's leg-mounted mortars. Fort's rifle is made from a KO Abominus rifle and an Optimal Optimus Missile. His waist-cannons were made using the guns from an Energon/Universe Windrazor. His dual-barrel Laser Gun was made from a G1 Streetwise cannon and parts of Energon Arcee's weapon.
I made extensive use of sheet, tube, and rod styrene, as well as Aves Fixit Sculpt for the alterations and original parts. I also managed to scrounge up junk parts I'd kept around from old models, GI Joe toys, and even model sprue, which I used to make various items, especially the repair arms. I even made use of Marvel-Legends blister-plastic, and an old G1 Tech-Specs decoder.
The paints used are from the Testors Fantasy/Acryl series.
Originally, I'd decided not to do the Headmaster version because I didn't have a spare Drillbit Minicon lying around. So, I went with the Superion head as the base. However, I soon decided to sell him off on eBay, and I acquired an extra Drillbit beforehand. With that, I went on to create a version of Cerebros that transformed into Max's head.
Shortly after fnishing up my Custom Fort Max, I decided to sell him off on eBay. In doing so, I also decided to change up a few things. First off, I decided to keep the altered Drag Strip cannons, and instead went with First-Aid's cannons which I altered and repainted. I also kept my original radar dishes and robotic arms, replacing them with simplified versions.
I was sad to let him go, but I soon began work on a 2nd version of Fortress Maximus to keep as my own.
Taken with my Fujifilm Finepix A 345 Digital Camera. As always, click for the bigguns!
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