Heavy/Scratch: Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus mods: G1 shoulders, wrist and waist articulation

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  1. seali_me

    seali_me Well-Known Member

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    Legos as usual. Same with the neck. I'll write this up tomorrow as usual.
     
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    Please do....because this is probably the most confusing mod I've ever read in my life. lol

    I appreciate your effort in trying to explain, but very little of this makes any sense to me. :/

    Looks good though.
     
  3. POSSESSED_DIGIT

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    Was thinking of doing the wrists too. Nice work!
    Does the neck mod affect Minimus being stored inside?
     
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    Hey man, still waiting on the write up....

    Get to it! ;) 
     
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    It doesn't. You have to be precise on the attaching the head back. I actually added a tad bit of height.

    I also never did like ambus sitting in there. It's existence it the very reason why UM doesn't have a neck.

    So I used ambus to make a one. I transform his body into car mode and semi transform his feet then stick him there to make a neck.
     
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    I know you're trying your best to explain this here man, but you're leaving some gaping holes in your explanation. Perhaps some pictures will help?

    Once you cut the hand off, where and how are attaching this "cylindrical piece"? Furthermore, where does one find a cylindrical piece?
     
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    Any to be honest.

    I'll post pics of the ones I used. Again it doesn't have to be the Lego piece I used specifically. Any cylindrical piece you can find and gauge to be strong enough for the task.
     
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    Some good pics of your neck mod would be great! Just to see what it all looks like.
     
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    Done.
     
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    Are you gonna tackle the waist? Or is it beyond modding?

    There isn't much room in there with all the other moving parts...
     
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    It's not the space but rather the plastic is way too shampoo bottle like. I already have an idea in my head on how to do it but the plastic around the crotch piece will get flimsier after "bashing" it. When I think about it will also make the "belt piece" flimsier as well. The overall construction holds the structure. My suspicion is that whoever designed this was told to do use as minimal plastic and with less sturdier material. Meaning it demanded the most efficient construction on the engineering part.

    Oh and here's the head in alt mode.

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    I think most of the toys nowadays are designed with cost cutting in mind.

    I'm waiting on Tak Magnus to show up. Then I'm swapping the Reds out to my Hasbro toy. That'll make it a "G1 toy accurate" deco. This may include the ankle parts. Which gets me to thinking if there's a way to incorporate an ankle tilt in there? Either by modding the original part, or replacing it with something else...
     
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    A ball joint would do well. Removing the pins is another.

    Maybe if you chop off pin holder (leg side) then replace with a ball joint.

    But Waist articulation>wrist swivel>Ankle tits.
     
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    Lol ankle tits.

    Getting the pins out shouldn't be too horrible. Either I heat up the heads & pull the part off, or if I need to, drill a hole in the other side & try from that end. I already experimented a little with my Habro Magnus: I popped the HUGE pin out that holds the neck assembly on, so I can access that rectangle part, cuz the Tak Magnus has that gaudy red rectangle. Also popped out the thighs from the knees for swapping those later too. I replaced those pins with screws. I hate pins...
     
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    Well, I decided to try the wrist mod, or at least cut the hands off for later. I see what you mean. Not only is it a soft plastic, it's also brittle. It made holes in both wrists, and there's cracking in there too. It'll need some sort of reinforcing before I can reattach the hands
     
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    Exactly.

    Slice rather than cut. Rather in this case score all the way through. Let the knife do all the work. Like how you would cut freshly baked bread.

    The reason why I use lego for some of the articuation is exactly these situations as well.
     
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    Shoved some plastic into the forearms & put holes thru. Then attached hands with screws. They're a tad loose for my tastes. May need to revisit it later...
     
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    Gonna bump this with a compliment so I can find it later.

    Loving how the head looks. Gonna study yours and see if dare modify mine.
     
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    Been thinking about ankle tilts.
    Instead of messing with the existing pin, how about coming up with an assembly on the bottom of the foot? On the inner can be the hinge / pivot point and then the flat of the foot stays while the of the foot and leg away.
     
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    This is absolutely brilliant. The head sits a little high for my tastes, but fantastic work all the same!
     

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