Minor/Repaint: A Studio Series Ironhide Bumper Mod

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  1. deathzero23

    deathzero23 Well-Known Member

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    will adding two more hinges will make this guys' SRP sky rocket?
    Damn Hasbro for not doing it.
    It's like Studio Series final products are in 90 to 95% completion and they call it quits.
    Hence the compromises.
     
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  2. Furnace

    Furnace The original Starscream

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    Nice work, both with the mod development and the clean cutting of the bumper! Thanks for sharing it!
     
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  3. G2 Superion is fabulous

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    This improves the look of the figure so much!
     
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  4. KayODave

    KayODave Still a grey prototype

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    Those cuts are so impressively clean, could you maybe give a bit more in-depth tutorial as to how you pulled that off?
     
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  5. neevnav

    neevnav The Flying Dutchman

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    This is incredible! Well done.
     
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  6. setsuna

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    .....beautiful...........
     
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    Great work as always!
     
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  8. amethysted

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    Looks good. Nice work. But my money is going to the MMP. This mold is a waste of money...
     
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  9. savio-prime

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    I used these 2 types of blades. One to score the cut line, and the second to slice through the plastic.

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    **With the next couple of pics I had to find a scrap piece to illustrate the process. The part is from a leg off of RotF/HftD deluxe Ratchet.**

    Using the angled blade, I score the surface first to line up where the cut will be. You can do this multiple times to create a deeper groove that will help set up and align the other blade nice and straight.

    For the Ironhide bumper, I scored each surface at least 8 to 10 times.

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    Once the pilot groove is done, then switch to the flat chisel blade. Insert the blade into the groove and begin to slowly rock the blade side to side with steady downward pressure.

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    You can start this cut on one side of the part and work your way down the rest of the cut line. Slow and steady is the key to a straight cut line!

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    Eventually you will work your way all the way around the part and it will begin to separate. When that happens you may end up with a cut line with raised edges or whitened plastic from the cutting process.

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    If you end up with such surface defects, you can either use the exacto blades to scrape the edges smooth, use sandpaper or a file to reshape the edges to the desired finish.

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    Afterwards, you'll have parts ready to be reconnected with the hinge of your choice.

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    Tada!

    I hope this helped.
     
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  10. savio-prime

    savio-prime Autobot

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    Thank you. This mold works really well for the scale of the Studio Series line. I'm going to get the MPM Ironhide for my masterpiece collection though.
     
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  11. KayODave

    KayODave Still a grey prototype

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    Brilliant! Thanks a bunch.
     
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  12. Lockon Prime

    Lockon Prime Well, that's just Prime...Oh yeees

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    This is awesome, thank you for sharing!! I can't wait to get my Ironhide!!
     
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  13. Shepard Prime

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    Seeing the original version, I loved what you did but the reposition makes it perfect. It blends in with the figure completely now and gives him a better waist profile now that it sits flush. Ex-suh-lante'. Great job.

    Small question: how long does it take you to saw through like that?
     
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  14. savio-prime

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    I got that reference!

    The cuts took about 10min or less.
     
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    I will never understand Hasbro not putting in just a little more money in design and having that bumper be hinged. It was the one thing I was wondering why the hell they didn't bother. Just dumb. This fix gets all the brownie points. Exactly as I had envisioned how it should be--specifically the repositioning you did. Awesome job.

    As a cutting tip--I absolutely LOVE my jewelers saw. It cuts through plastic parts with such ease, and with a nice clean cut. Sometimes parts need more precision--as in a certain tiny segment cut out of a part where you don't want to cut all the way through--and other tools have to come in to play. But if you're just cutting a part in half, jewelers saw. It can totally become one of your favorite tools in customizing.
     
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  16. savio-prime

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    I will look into getting one, thank you for the suggestion!
     
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  17. Shepard Prime

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    This bad boy does wonders as well. Getting a good dremel has really helped me out for cutting, shaping and sanding.
     
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    Lockon Prime Well, that's just Prime...Oh yeees

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    That's pretty cool!! Does it leave a clean cut for the most part??
     
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  19. Shepard Prime

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    Absolutely. Dremels have a ton of differing parts too so if one accessory doesn't work for you, then dollars to donuts there's another that will do the job. But yes, it does cut clean and straight.

    Dremel Accessories - Dedicated functions for your Dremel Tool - dremel.com

    There's differing disks too, some for metal some for wood/other. If you wear one down, and need a bigger disk, keep the old ones. I keep them so when I need to get into those hard to reach places that the new disks would have trouble with.

    If you do decide to get a dremel btw, don't get one with a rechargable battery. Those will run out on you right when you need it most. Get one with a power plug and adjustable speeds. The very first one I had was a rechargable and then I got one with a power cord. THAT one I had like forever but I had to replace it. My current one has adjustable speeds (I had no idea how much that helps...some of the tuts here mention this but I was working with what I had) so that you can account for different surfaces and such.

    One last: if you want to feel it out but not break the bank, Hyper Tough dremels from Walmart cost less than the official Dremel so if you want to get your feet wet and try it out, that'd be a good option in case you don't like it. And all the accesories from Dremel works with the HT versions and HT themselves have giant starter kits.

    Good luck. :) 
     
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  20. Lockon Prime

    Lockon Prime Well, that's just Prime...Oh yeees

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    Your awesome, thank you for all the advice!! Thursday's payday, so guess I'll be making a trip to Walmart then lol.

    Thanks again!! :) 
     
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