Heavy/Scratch: My first custom ever (wip)

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by KRZTFR, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. KRZTFR

    KRZTFR Well-Known Member

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    I got really inspired with the jaf & frenzy rumble collaberation dinobots & figure that I would finally stop puting it off & just try to do one myself. Only I hit a snag with the loose joint & don't know how to fix it. I tighten the screw in the leg as much as possible without breaking it or stripping the screw. Any idea how to fix it?
     

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  2. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    dont know how to fix your problem but i hope you enjoy figuring this bash out. just have fun with it and dont be afraid to make mistakes. Congrats on getting started
     
  3. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    if it is a ring-over post, try sanding just a tiny bit off the post,
     
  4. KRZTFR

    KRZTFR Well-Known Member

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    Its more like the post has "play wear" on it while the other leg actually might need somesanding its so tight.
    Thanks for the encouragement really helps when your new and not really know what your doing
     
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    Welcome to kitbashing, man. This is one cool project to start out with (Jaf & F_R did a great job on those Dinobots!)

    I think we're all attempting these after seeing those done. I'd suggest doing what brr-icy said and sand the post down a bit. Or you could always look for a small (plastic) washer at Home Depot to fit between the screw and the post. Good luck with whatever you do and be sure to post more WIP shots as it comes along--and congrats on joining in on all the fun.
     
  6. JAF

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    ^ Doris564 is a wig-bot (attn:mods)

    I'm glad to see this too. I did get your PM and figure I'd answer the questions here for the benfit of anyone else who might try this.

    Yes the head is on a ball joint. I used a tiny Stikfas joint and then dremel'd out the back of the head. The shoulder/neck area had to be taken down a bit too for a good fit and proper proportion.

    The arms were jointed at the shoulders using Xevos ball joints (bigger than Stikfas) and Mighty Putty to fill with.

    The elbows were made from a mix of scratchbuilt parts and Gundam 1/100 ankle joints.

    Hope that helps! Keep up the good work man.

    Edit: as far as the screw goes, you can also fill the hole with crazy glue and then re-tap it.
     
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    here is my idea for the hands. They are Acidstorms hands, I tried to do the push out like the orginal is but the hands are just to thick to work. Then again they might but I don't have a dremel. Now just need to figure out were to drill the hole for the pin.
     

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    GET A DREMEL. You're going to need it.

    They have a look-alike at Target for $30 that comes with TONS of bits and supplies. Best $30 I've spent in a while.
     
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    I think I'll try the superglue trick first. I heard that from quite a few resources

    Thank you for the help, now to add that stuff to my list of things to get...
     
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    MegaMoonMan's right. That Dremel will pay for itself a million times over. And get a pin vise if you don't already have one. THAT's my favorite tool for customizing. Total precision and ease of use.
     
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    Only suggestion I have is NOT to buy a generic/non-Dremel rotary tool. I have one here (hard wired) and ONLY use it when my real dremel's battery is charging (for those mornings I forget to throw the batt. in the charger the night before)

    The generic dremels usually have a TERRIBLE chuck system, and their bits suck. For example, the sand paper cylinders will disintegrate after a few minutes as opposed to Dremel's which will last weeks or months. DO NOT save a couple bucks on a tool which can easily take off your finger or throw debris into your eyeball.
     
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    Does the brand name matter?
    A pin vise is to take a pin out right? I used the old screwdriver trick. Just haven't found out how to repin. Specially in a spot the a pin wasn't there before.
     
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    Thats what I was thinking, seems to be a downfall with buying cheaper non name brand stuff anywheres you go.
     
  14. MegaMoonMan

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    I disagree on all counts. The chuck on mine works perfectly fine (and it's really a non-issue since you can buy different chucks), and it works with real dremel bits and accessories (which I already had a bunch of). Having it plug into the wall is great, no batteries to fiddle with and charge and wait around for. My old one used batteries - I absolutely hated that. Batteries suck and die right when you need them.

    Save some cash and buy the Target one. It's $30 - real dremels start at what, $70 or something? No thanks. You can always get better bits, so that's not a reason not to buy.

    If you're worried about cutting off a finger or taking out an eye, you probably shouldn't be using ANY tool like this. Brand means nothing when you have a spinning blade. Be safe and wear goggles - ANY brand can fling crap in your eye.
     
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    I'll have to go with MMM here, I actually use one from Harbor Freight which cost $7! Chuck is rock solid after 3-4 years, and if it wasn't who cares? I can get 7-8 of these for the price of a Dremel. Granted I mostly do stuff by hand, but when I need to remove large amounts of material, I grab the rotary tool. BUT, I will agree with F_R regarding the tips! Definitely use Dremel bits, they are quite superior. I would think maybe if you use the rotary tool all the time, a better quality one would be in order.
     
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    i used to be new at this stuff so just try as hard as you can and make it as any way u want it and keep us informed every once and a while but im sure it will end up good
     
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    Yeah, I use a "Dremel" brand and a vanilla "junker" both are the same IMO. The trick is to learn to use whatever you buy properly (I'm a fan of ones you plug into the wall too) and take the proper safety precautions since you'll be using spinning metal blates, drills and such along with those cutting disks that WILL break apart and fly off the spindle at speed (not cool).

    A pin vise is a precision hand held drilling tool. Seriously...my most used item.
     
  18. MegaMoonMan

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    I've always heard about these, but I've never had one. How exactly does it drill holes? Do you use it like a screwdriver?
     
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    Will do
    Thats why your suppost to wear safety glasses any time you work with power tools. Safety first kids.
     
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    I've had problems with the torque shattering inside non-dremels, and that's something with a dremel can be FIXED...no need to throw it all away. All the parts inside a dremel are user-serviceable.

    I've "upgraded" the Mastercraft (good reviews too) one I have with Dremel collets and chuck, it works a lot better, but still have problems with it's size, inconsistent and poor power / strain on the tool.

    There's a reason Dremel's more expensive. I don't cut corners with the tools I use daily. The cordless one I spend my time with was $55.00 at home depot.
    Bottom line is the dremel will last you forever, while the generic rotaries will shit out on you when you need them most and then you go buy the Dremel. There's a reason Dremel's been the leader in rotary tools for many years and their price is quite justified.

    And brand is VERY important when using any power tool. The chuck or something internal can snap in an instant send a spinning drill bit anywhere it wants. There's also potential electrical problems with crap tools, I should know - I cheaped out and got a crappy leaf blower from WalMart, which after 10 minutes burst into flames....

    Here's one with free shipping for $47.95
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Dremel-MultiPro...5|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318|301:1|293:1|294:50

    I also prefer cordless because they're easier to maneuver when there isn't a heavy cord hanging off the back. Just gotta remember to charge that battery when not using it (2-3 hours will fill it up)
     
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