I've been wanting to create a "ghost" mech (i.e. a mech using "stealth armor", made from transparent pieces) for a while. On realizing that five of the six pieces used in Micha Bauer's C6 system come in transparent clear, I thought I'd give it a go with one of his designs
. The result is here (with shots from more angles as well):c6-ghost-iso
, on Flickr
The "Plate 1 x 2 with One Center Stud" part doesn't seem to come in transparent clear, so I had to muck with the design. Micha's model uses this part in a couple of places, most of which are easily replaced by a 1x2 plate. The waist, however, cannot be, unless you want to lose the cool torso rotation the frame has going for it.
The only other option for "half-stud" placement is to connect a hollow stud (in either the headlight or round brick) to the pip in the underside of the 1x2 plate. This inverts the orientation of the studs from the original model and requires a reworking of the torso as a whole.
One other thing I noticed about the C6 system doing this is that it really only has one method to reverse the stud direction: back to back headlight parts.
Overall, the model works well. It is a bit too big, and really fragile, though. It also uses a metric ton of headlight parts. (Though, oddly, the clear slope pieces are actually way more expensive.) With the stealth, the two guns and the "anti-grav jump assist pack" on the back, I'd call this
The camera work in these photos could be better. I got the lighting OK, but the depth of field sucks. Since I used a tripod, I should have closed the aperture a bit and gone for a longer exposure time.
A not-all-that-great LDraw file is available here: c6-ghost.ldr