Minor/Repaint: Masterpiece Rodimus Hip Mod: add 1/4" height

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  1. Shwiggie

    Shwiggie Likeable dryskinned biped

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    This is easy as pie. It took twenty minutes...and it would have taken less if I didn't have to think about it and tried a regular file before noticing it was already half-past midnight and fired up the Dremel.

    One of the things that irked me about my brand, spanking new Masterpiece Hot Ro--I mean, Rodimus Prime was how very little difference there is between the two iterations of the character. There are only three means of differentiation: spoiler placement (perceived size increase), the Face/Off thing (younger vs. older), and the Dr. Bender-style chiropractic hip adjustment (minor change of height).

    The hip thing bugged me more than it would have anyone else...it moved two "clicks", but it seemed logical to me that a third motion was called for given the shape of the hip joint and how out of place it appeared to me to be. So I did what anyone who'd just spent sixty bucks on a figure would do: I whipped out my trusty tiny screwdriver and took it apart.

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    The issue was at the post on which the hip and leg attached...it was like a rectangle with the anterior lateral corner ground off. Investigation of the black hip assembly indicated that the way this was cut only allowed for two "clicks" of movement downward, as any further motion was prevented due to the right angle formed by the bottom corner of the rectangle.

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    The solution: grind it down to match the missing corner above it.

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    The outcome: another 1/4" of glorious Matrix-induced height, and freer hip movement, to boot.

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    It's possible it may be a bit less structurally sound, but A) I doubt the excision of that tiny bit of material will affect anything in any quantifiable way and B) it's going to sit like this on a shelf for several years, seeing only minor attention until it's thrown in a box and chewed by potential future crumb-munchers. The only real detriment could be top-heaviness and less stability, but that never stopped Pam Anderson.

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    I hope this proves of interest to someone out there. I love quick and easy tricks like this.


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    I'd taken one that I just didn't post...here it is.

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    How about a comparison with MP-01? And fellow domestic releases Skywarp and Grimlock?

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    Finally, there was a request for a comparison shot between Hot Rod and Rodimus Prime. I only have one, so I made a couple composites. Hope this satisfies :D 

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  2. DC2k5

    DC2k5 Well-Known Member

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    When I got my MP Rodimus, I actually thought his legs were meant to do this. I mean, as you said, it would add 1/4" in height. The drawn picture of Rodimus on the instruction booklet even seems to allude to this.
    But I soon found his legs wouldn't rotate all the way.

    So this is of great interest to me! Thank yooou. I'm gonna be trying this myself. :D 
     
  3. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    dude I'm so gonna do this when I ever get to own the JAP & USA release!
    Heck I would even do this to black Roddy if it wasn't so fugly to begin with!!
     
  4. nemesisconvoy

    nemesisconvoy Gundam Pilot

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    As I have 2 Hasbro Roddy's, I will try this on one of them and see how well it works. But don't see how it would make it any less stable!! Great Idea!!
     
  5. Superquad7

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    Shwiggie, can we get one last photo with the hip plate folded down? This looks like a really cool modification. Thanks for sharing! :thumb 
     
  6. scubaboy31

    scubaboy31 Digital Gypsy

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    yeah, it'd be nice to see how this actually affects the look of the final toy. another reason to think he'll look like he's wearing shorts though...
     
  7. ServO

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    Another reason to show off Roddy's sexy legs!

    Kudos though for having the chrome plated ball bearings to take a screwdriver and dremel to what some already consider to be a delicate figure...I personally have no interest in the Rodimus side of this toy, and will forever have him representing Hot Rod in my collection, but a little added height to the difference between the dual personas might be just what this figure needed.
    Great job!
     
  8. combatron6969

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    will be trying this as well, could anyone post a comparison pic of him after the modification
    with MP-4 Optimus Prime?
     
  9. G60Force

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    You could always hack away half an inch from Optimus :D 

    J/K
     
  10. spoonman

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    Word!
     
  11. Jaicen

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    Need Moar Picz.
     
  12. Shwiggie

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    Updated opening post with a picture of Roddy not flashing the camera and comparisons between him and MP-01 Convoy, Masterpiece Skywarp, and Masterpiece Grimlock.

    I may try doing a comparison photo with him in Hot Rod mode and Rodimus Prime mode later today...I'll have to position the camera statically and take a "time lapse" or something.
     
  13. Dinodigger97

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    I love those Gifs......Thanks for the mod!!!!
     
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    Awesome update :thumb 
     
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    Yeah, this seems like something that Roddy should already be able to do. I had this same thought when I got my Takara Roddy, but didn't want to risk a $200+ figure, but with the $60 Hasbro version, I think I will finally have the balls to try it.

    Thanks for the tutorial, very nicely done!
     
  16. seali_me

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    he looks like he's wearing those 80's short shorts. it goes well with rodimus' 80's douchebag collar flip.


    awesome job still. the tutorial is even more awesome.
     
  17. knockoff

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    yes, very cool mod but he does look like he's wearing boxer-briefs, lol.
     
  18. Shwiggie

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    Given how his original role of "Autobot Protector" is more or less that he's an Autobot super hero, the trunks look is all the more appropriate :D 
     
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    just did this mod 5 minutes ago, totally rockin
     
  20. cheetor71

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    Cool mod. Nice job.
     

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