Minor/Repaint: Legends Cosmos shoulder mod

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by MegaMoonMan, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Originally I was going to give Cosmos some rotation in his arms at the elbow, but after getting him and taking his arms apart I realized it would be more hassle than I feel like dealing with.

    I was able to figure this out, though - Cosmos has built-in shoulders that can pop out of his arm shells. To do it:

    1. Take his arm apart. Be careful, the halves are screwed AND glued together.

    2. See that little yellow cup that the green shoulder ball joint plugs into? It's a separate piece that WOULD hinge on that long screw you took out, but those little nubs on either side of it prevent this. Cut them off.

    3. You'll have to shave a small bit of plastic inside of where the part will hinge out, on the part itself and inside the arms. It's too squared off in there for it to bend otherwise, and you want a nice smooth rounded pivot point. You'll see what I mean. A dremel with a cutting wheel is highly recommended.

    4. Reassemble and enjoy! You now have a Cosmos with slightly more articulation. I think they planned to have this as a working joint at some point, but they scrapped and immobilized it for some unknown reason (much like Warpath's turret rotation).

    UPDATE: I figured out a way to improve this immensely. By doing the shoulder mod, it allows the socket to move out of the arm - that means you can cut a groove into the back of it so his arms can swing backwards as well! It's tedious work, as you don't want to cut out too much so the ball joint doesn't hold anymore, but I was careful and both joints still hold snug. Along with the newly cut groove, you also need to round the yellow shoulder piece down where it rubs against the body. See the new pic of the cut I made, the rounding isn't very apparent in the pic, sorry.

    With this final mod, I'm happy with him - but they should have just made him this way in the first place. All I did was remove plastic.
     

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  2. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    Interesting. I'd love to make the green part that covers the lower arms slide out some, like Classics Astrotrain, but I gotta admit that even this does a lot, it draws your eyes to the yellow arms inside just because of the exposed shoulder.
     
  3. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    sweet
     
  4. godbomber

    godbomber Henkei != Hentai

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    You found a Univ. Cosmos?!
     
  5. MegaMoonMan

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    Oh - whoops. LEGENDS cosmos, yeah.
     
  6. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Update: BIG improvement! See OP.
     
  7. Auceps Prime

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    Looking good!
    Now maybe you could also try to figure a way to give him some hands.

    Sure wish Hasbro/Takara would have done this guy as a deluxe figure though.
     
  8. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    I'm cool with his molded hands, now that I can actually see them.
     
  9. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Excellent job on this mod, MMM. I want this figure, but didn't care much for the way the arms looked. Now that you've come up with a cool mod like this, my interest in it just grew even more.

    I had the original as a kid, but took it to school like an idiot and a friend of mine wanted to see it. We go to dump our lunch trash and I watch it slide off the lunch tray into the huge trash can. I flipped out on him and while he paid me back for it, it was never the same. So this little sucker has a lot of memories and doing a mod like that would make it even better than the original.
     
  10. SMOG

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    That looks GREAT. Totally going to try this with mine... when I find one... whenever THAT will be...

    Anyway, thanks for sharing... you just pushed this from a "maybe buy" to a "MUST buy!".

    zmog
     
  11. Pravus Prime

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    Very, very cool. I'll attempt this later.
     
  12. Rodr-Evil

    Rodr-Evil Lucifer's children TFW2005 Supporter

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    Nice, simple and well done.
     
  13. Jukebox Prime

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    Holy crap! I passed this one up the other day b/c I hated the arms. This mod of yours makes him look soooooo much better. Now I probably won't find him again. :( 
     
  14. Paul Prime

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    I'm still waiting to see one of them. This reminds me the shoulder mod of LOC EVAC, you have have to be very cautious with the amount of plastic you remove, too. Good job, MMM.
     
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    nice.
     

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