Heavy/Scratch: 2007 Voyager Ratchet Modifications

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  1. savio-prime

    savio-prime Autobot

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    So, I had a sneek peek picture of the mods I did to Ratchet in another thread, and someone asked for more pics.

    Voyager Ratchet was NEVER as movie accurate as he should have been, and the deluxe version came out very promising. In fact, it was so promising that I sacrificed it to modify the voyager verison! What the deluxe version got right, IMO, is that the front grill is oriented correctly, and that the front side panels over the wheels were also configured correctly.

    Those two major improvements caused me a great many headaches in terms of how to achieve the same for the voyager class. After a month or so, it finally hit me.

    Minor Mods:
    1. ball jointed neck (taken from Ravage),
    2. hollowed out the shoulder blocks with a cutting wheel,
    3. and added flood lights from an extra set of a roll bar cage claw thing (courtesy of Autobotx23 ;) ), then cut it down to fit inside of the shoulder housing.
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    4. increased hand articulation,

    I cut off the lower stems of the Axe to allow the right hand to bend and open more freely.
    Then I removed some plastic off the inside of the left forearm to accomplish the same thing. So now both his hands can bend up and down, as well as open and close!
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    5. less boxier looking lower legs (well, as much as I possibly could without taking away from the alt mode);
    using a cutting wheel I took away the "hydrolic/piston" thing to give his legs a more "open" and less "caged" look...

    unfortunately I couldn't think of any other way to skinny them up without compromising the alt mode.
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    Heavy Mods:
    1. Front side panels now flip open in front of shoulders
    2. front grill can rotate 360' with slight telescopic and rotational ability
    3. redone shoulder joints, since the original joints were attached to the front side panels.

    The following pics will just be a sequence of the transformation from alt to bot mode... Enjoy!

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    Now all he needs are nice new reprolabel stickers (which I have!), and a good Radicon paint job! Unless, of course, you all think there should be more things done to him... Thoughts? Critiques? I'd love to get your feedback!

    Take care,
    Savio!
     

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  2. Long_Haul

    Long_Haul N*ggacon

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    He looks great man, im mess around with my 07 Ratchet now, thanks
     
  3. t.for.transform

    t.for.transform Well-Known Member

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    Very nice work, bravo
     
  4. Liam Prime

    Liam Prime Well-Known Member

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    wow very very nice :) 
     
  5. Vincymon

    Vincymon Well-Known Member

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    Good work dude !
     
  6. tsangkin

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    Amazing custom, it's the best movie Ratchet ever. The new added joint especially the chest and shoulders are impressed me!!
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  7. Ra88

    Ra88 Dutchman!

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    Wow, great changes, especially the rotating hood! Really brings it to a whole new level! :thumb 
     
  8. Roadtrack

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    it's so awesome. Why couldn't Hasbro made it like that in the first place?
     
  9. yongkykun

    yongkykun Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, but they do improve with every new release. So let's hope by the time the third movie comes out they'd have the ultimate version of every single character!
     
  10. cheetor71

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    Great mods. Almost makes me want to do mine. I'm just not feeling that brave right now. :thumb  :thumb 
     
  11. closetrat

    closetrat Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much for posting this, it's now making me feel a pang of regret for picking up the Deluxe mold...


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  12. javaco

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    thats friggin amazing! :eek: 
     
  13. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    I have a suggestion - figure out a way to get those black flaps on the back of his legs to fold/spin out of the way.
     
  14. savio-prime

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    Awesome, thanks, and let me know how it goes!
    Thank you!
    Thanks!
    Thank you!
    Thank you! Coming up with a means to rotate the front grill was hella difficult until deluxe Ratchet came out! Thinking of a way to free up the front side panels was a pain as well...
    Hey thanks, man! I'm actually thinking if I do another one I may use Jazz's telescopic weapon to accomplish the chest mod again.
    Thanks! I'm sure they'll come up with a new transformation considering Ratchet's alt mode has been altered for TF3.
    Here's to wishful thinking! :rock  ... but if they do, that may mean less customs for Radicon-types like me! Hmmm..... I may still have options... lol.
    Thanks yo. Well if you decide to, I ended up using joints from deluxe Ratchet and Universe Galvatron (the orange parts for the shoulder mods)... maybe you'll come up with an even better way!
    It might be used as parts fodder for you!!!
    Hey thanks Javaco! How are things?
    You got me thinking of how to do just that... hmmmm. Another brain teaser...
     
  15. javaco

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    things are great!
    never got around to modding my ironhide like urs hah
    i didnt have the cash and sorta lost interest in the movie line.
    im looking forward to the new generations line tho!
    but this ratchet, wow it makes me wanna fix up mine! but thats alot of work for some1 without a dremel haha
     
  16. savio-prime

    savio-prime Autobot

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    I'm feeling the slums a bit on the movie line as well... could be this "beat a dead horse" approach the stores have with trying to sell off the old stock that isn't selling for forever and a day... killing some of the enthusiasm for enthusiasts.

    I can't wait for the Hunt For the Decepticons line to hit next month! I've got some modding ideas for the new deluxe Bumblebee!
     
  17. javaco

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    that bb looks weird. im just tired of all the damn bbs hasbro wants to make lol
    the only one from hunt for the decepticons id consider getting is seaspray just cause hes like half classics half movie style
     
  18. savio-prime

    savio-prime Autobot

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    lol I'm complete 180' on those two figs! I think this Bee can finally replace my Premium Bee from the 07 line... with the right mods.

    Seaspray looks fun, but yeah a bit too cartoonish for me at the moment. I'll have to see that one in person.
     
  19. LemonPrime

    LemonPrime Greetings Programs

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    That chest/hood mod is phenomenal!
     
  20. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Wow, you've really impressed me with all you've done here. Great work :thumb 
     

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