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Old 04-06-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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The Thugger Twins

Thugger Revision 4.0
Update Dec 31, 2011

Presenting the latest version of the Thugger twins, revision 4.0!
These little robots are super posable and can be transformed into a
'cybertronian' cassette as well as a vehicle mounted rocket launcher!

These pictures are for those who are unfamiliar with Shapeways material.
With the right technique, it's possible to make the models look much more attractive.
These painted samples are also to highlight the detailing that went into the design.

Gunze lacquer and Testors fluorescent paints are used.

Youtube Review
TFW2005 member sixpointsinspace has generously provided an awesome video review
where he shows off his assembled Thugger in Frost Ultra Detail!
Many thanks to him for the time and effort put into this, I really appreciate it! Video link here:

Shapeways - Thugger Twins review

Improvements from revision 3.0

- Changed the weapon mounting system to be compatible with cyberverse figures and my other designs.

- Lots of changes so minuscule that they are invisible to be naked eye, but makes for a cleaner mesh.

I printed 2 samples in White Strong Flexible and Frosted Ultra Detail and both worked well.
Care should be taken during assembly. Due to the shrinkage issues on Strong Flexible
you might find some joints to be too loose.
Use super glue or nail polish to thicken and reinforce them.

With all these being said, buyer beware.
Revision 4.0 should be the final version ever, and I doubt I need to revisit it
because I am confident I've solved most of the issues that plagued the original model.

You can order him here at
Thugger on Shapeways.

For those who have gotten him, thank you so much for your support
and I hope you receive a good print! Comments, critiques and feedback on
problems faced in the figure will still be very much appreciated!

Assembly Instructions

Thugger 3.0 Parts Layout

Thugger 4.0 Parts Layout


For Detail materials, once you have received your shipment, take the time to make sure you have all the required pieces. Separate the components carefully with a penknife, and give them a good wash with warm soapy water and a stiff brush to remove any uncured material. Make sure all the nooks and crannies are clean. Don't lose any pieces in the sink! Warm water helps in softening the plastic, and it gives the pieces additional flexibility during assembly. Otherwise, Detail materials might be too brittle and snap easily.

For Strong Flexible materials, the joints can be very tight and you might need some force to assemble the joints, especially in the legs. Do take care and try not to break any pieces. If any joints seem too loose, pop them off, apply a thin layer of super glue on both the ball and socket, wait to dry before assembling them again. This should work.

Note: For Thugger 3.0, the double balljoint piece connecting his shoulders to the torso has 2 different ball diameters. The smaller diameter ball should go into his shoulder and the larger into his torso. Failure to do so might rip the shoulder piece apart.

Assemble all the pieces according to the image above. Enjoy your little Thugger!

- Ariel

Flickr is here.

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Old 04-06-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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That is truly impressive man

I Still Function!!!!!!!!

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Old 04-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #3
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That is slick but it is so tiny!!! Oh well the sacrifice for size is made up by the fact he can fit in sw`s tapedeck
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:01 PM   #4
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Sweet....would purchase...
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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These are going to be my first shapeways order once he makes them available... Look awsome...

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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They're so teeny tiny lol. Awesome though that there is so much detail and articulation I hope I can pick some up.

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:43 PM   #9
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I'm very impressed with how it turned out in clear detail. At that scale, I'd be hesitant to model joints, but it looks like you pulled it off very well!

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Old 04-06-2011, 08:19 PM   #10
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I agree with Process Im impressed on how good the detail came out on the clear one. Definitely going to order one once available
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