ARMT-M01A Aras

One of ArmaTech’s newest designs, the ARMT-M01A Aras is a high specification machine built for highly tactical operations that require a lot of maneuverability and combat efficiency.

ARMT-M01A Aras

ARMT-M01A Aras

ARMT-M01A Aras

ARMT-M01A Aras

ARMT-M01A Aras


Build notes:

This is the very first reFrame that is equipped with the new reFrame v2.0 as its base which features a LEGO minifig pilot in the backpack and double-jointed elbows. It’s also using my new favorite foot design taken from the H’Da (heck yeah feet with heels!).

The entire build took around 12 hours (roughly 2 days of building on and off). The assault rifle was a design I’ve been wanting to do for a while and it is modeled after the Famas assault rifle.


WIP Process:

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Really wanted that red visor there instead of my usual 1×1 trans plate rotated 45.
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An early version of the head design (decided to remove the back antennae later on)

As always, started this build by designing the head. One thing I really wanted on this build was to use a minifig visor but not fully enclosed like the one in the reFX01 – A/B Type / reFX01 Type D. Options I had for the top of the eye included using a triangle road sign clipped to a bar but looked really flat so I scrapped that.

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Testing out that new double-joint elbow

I actually forgot to document the body assembly being made but kept it fairly simply and just echoed the v-shape look of the head using the same pieces (white skis + minifig revolver pistols to get that angle). This build also uses the new body reFrame body assembly that removes the abdominal joint in exchange for a cockpit that can fit a minifig sitting inside the backpack. As for the arms, I really wanted it to have increased articulation by introducing a double-jointed elbow that would allow the arms to bend around the chest area.

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60/70% test fitting to see if the proportions and overall look felt good. Also, an earlier knee design (barely visible)

Originally, I had also intended the shoulders to have a tall and thin design orientation but eventually went with a broader and rounder look. I might revisit the original shoulder design with an upgrade to this unit later on (with increased mobility as the upgrade idea).

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Testing out arm articulation with the new gun

Overall was pretty happy with the new elbows so I’ll be using these from now on for future builds.

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The finished model straight from the work desk.

For those interested in LEGO mech building, I put out an eBook over at Amazon Kindle a while back called <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019W4KNVA&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>Mech Wars Instructional Primer</a>. If you’re looking for a resource that could help you start or even improve your mech building skills, you might find this eBook useful 😀

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