Heavy/Scratch: Generations Wheeljack, Floppy Leg Fix Tutorial

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  1. shadowfall1976

    shadowfall1976 The Alpha and the Optimus

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    EDIT: added requested height comparison pics below, here

    If you are like some who have drilled out the slider inside Whelljacks legs to
    make him taller, you may be in need of a way to make him stop flapping
    around. After much experimentation and looking at many fixes online, I came
    up with my own fix, and without using anything from Tracks, but based on
    how his legs work..even though his needed help as well.

    All you need are some plastic parts to glue and shape, it serves a function
    as well as cosmetics. It fills in the emptiness of WJ's legs and will stop the
    flailing leg syndrome, all you need is patience and glue.

    And best of all no Tracks' were harmed during the making of this tutorial!

    Also there is a second part for those who have done the mod where you cut
    his fenders free and glue them to the feet / car nose, to fill in the gap on
    the newly opened side.
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    More on this at the end.....

    Start By taking his legs apart by removing the 2 screws.

    Sand the inside of the black part to promote glue adhesion for all that is
    about to be done.

    Take the black part and cut a piece of plastic that will fit inside the gap but
    will when the leg is slid down sit just below the thigh part, and glue it in.

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    Sand the section outside of the plastic where you just glued in that piece for
    another step to come.

    Cut 2 similar plastic strips that will glue inside the part to hold the leg firm
    from side to side motions.

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    Cut the strips down and shape to the leg part.
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    Take a thicker piece of plastic wide enough to cover the section where you
    glued in the strip across inside the leg and tall enough to touch the leg
    slider when pulled out to your desired height. Cut a section out of it in a square shape to make
    the piece a squared "U" shape

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    Then line it up and glue it on. Also this is why you sanded the outside earlier.
    (notice the plastic I glued onto the side to thicken his leg up and to
    cover the hollowness of the leg, to fill it out like Tracks' legs, on an earlier
    mod I did)

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    Then Shape it however you like to blend it in.
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    Now Just Paint however you like and reassemble the leg,
    I painted mine black. Also I didn't show......don't know why, but you have to
    glue strips inside the track the leg slider rides in, above the screw post at the
    top of the hood section / leg front to further make the slider tight and the leg
    not flop around. Above the screw post gluing flush with the depth of the track
    will not hinder the slider in anyway, just makes it tighter.

    I made a pic to demonstrate since I forgot to photo that step.

    [​IMG]


    (For the cut off fenders mod hollowness fix)
    All I did was cut a strip to glue to the tab that the black piece slots into
    to cover the gap now seen since the fenders have been cut off. And shape
    it to fit the curve of the cut and to aloow the black part to go back on
    flush.

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    Final Pics:
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    How it looks transformed.
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  2. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    I just wish I HAD a Generations Wheeljack.
     
  3. The Dark Seeker

    The Dark Seeker Well-Known Member

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    Nice.....I'm working on a leg mod that used Tracks' slide bracket (had to pop out the pin and swap it over to wheeljack's legs)......the shaping of the plastic is giving me an idea. I'm going to have to go back at it again when I have time.
     
  4. shadowfall1976

    shadowfall1976 The Alpha and the Optimus

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    I only got 2 Wheeljacks, one to custom, and one to leave MOSC. BBTS has them pre-order
    for $17.99 where I got mine in the set of 4 with Thundercracker, Kup & Scourge, but then
    again I have been waiting 2 months for my PO Warpath.

    Hope this fix helps someone out.
     
  5. shadowfall1976

    shadowfall1976 The Alpha and the Optimus

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    Has anyone found this useful?

    Also can the Thread name be changed?.....

    "Gen Wheeljack Floppy Leg Fix!"

    Maybe even move this to the Tutorial section?
     
  6. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Thread title has been changed already.

    I've marked it as a tutorial to resource. I want to allow it to have as many responses from others in case some discussion needs to be resourced as well, especially since we've gotten several WJ modification tutorials here recently.

    Thanks for your contribution :thumb 
     
  7. solidus

    solidus Shivaker Jazz

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    That is a great way to fix those legs. BTW care to post a comparison pic of WJ beside RTS Tracks and Jazz ?
     
  8. Gjinrai808

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    Awesome tutorial! Gotta try this on my off time! Thanks :) 
     
  9. shadowfall1976

    shadowfall1976 The Alpha and the Optimus

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    I can do that, he is still shorter, but taller than before, I like the height I have him,
    he is a cross between the toon and the toy, which is what I was aiming for on most
    of my G1 customs.

    But I can take comparison pics with them, give me a bit to do so though.
     
  10. shadowfall1976

    shadowfall1976 The Alpha and the Optimus

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    Here are comparison pics, Wheeljack is now only slightly shorter than Tracks.
    I did arm mods and a foot mod, which slims him down and makes him also appear taller.

    Measurements:

    Wheeljack: 5 1/8"
    Tracks: 5 5/16"
    Jazz: 5 9/16"
     

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    Great tutorial, thanx
     
  12. shadowfall1976

    shadowfall1976 The Alpha and the Optimus

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    I did manage to get Wheeljack a little taller, by modding his chest a little and carving out
    the legs a little farther down, now the top of his head is up to the visor on RTS Jazz. I will
    post pics of Wheeljack in another topic, as soon as I do a few more things to him and get
    the pics taken.
     
  13. SG hailstorm

    SG hailstorm JaAm aficionado

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    FINALLY gotta hold this guy today, i'm going to give this a try :thumb 
     

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