Minor/Repaint: Protector Jetpack mode and canopy

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  1. ALPHAMAGNUS

    ALPHAMAGNUS Sector70: Reformatting... Veteran

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    Just thought I'd share this with those who got a Protector this year ( I wouldn't have if it weren't for a friend ;)  )

    I was fiddling around with Protector and got this idea to snap his turret back onto his fins, IT WORKED!

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    Mind you it looks a bit odd, but if he ever needs to "battle in space" he'd need some sort of jetpack after all.

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    I also was very glad to see that the Canopy mod I did a LOOOOOOONG time ago didn't affect the Protector armor placement.

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    Here's a pic with sidearm playing the part of the the movie crew getting into a savagely mass-shifted Rodimus Prime in the "Inside Unicron" escape scene
     

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  2. stprime

    stprime Exclu-DEAD

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    i did that same canopy mod. did you paint any other details on the dash?
     
  3. darthdevious

    darthdevious Destroyer of Worlds

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    Interesting, good use af the battlestation parts.
     
  4. reluttr

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    do you have a tutorial of the canopy mod?! It would make the 2 pack rodimus much more desirable.
     
  5. SonOfNemesis

    SonOfNemesis Well-Known Member

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    How do you do this canopy mod????
     
  6. ALPHAMAGNUS

    ALPHAMAGNUS Sector70: Reformatting... Veteran

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    no , this was my 1st tf mod, and only 2nd repaint of sorts. I wasn't going to delve any deeper, maybe I will now, what's yours look like? and I can't seem to find the tutorial on it.
     
  7. weeklyhero

    weeklyhero Prototytan

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    Man that's pretty cool looking. I love big backpacks that look like they serve a purpose. And the canopy mod you did looks incredible!
     
  8. process

    process Hanlon's razor Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Canopy mod = awesome!
     
  9. Ramrider

    Ramrider TF Art Lad

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    The canopy mod's not actually that hard to do; the pin you need to hinge it is already there attaching the rear panel. You just need to get rid of the screw in the canopy, temporarily remove the pin and trim out the plastic that stops it from opening. It takes a little work (it's much easier if you have a rotary tool), but it's worth it.

    That backpack is insane, but for space operations, kinda makes sense. :p 
     
  10. Xhairs

    Xhairs Well-Known Member

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    thats very cool.
     
  11. cingularman31

    cingularman31 Alternator Freak

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    I see What you did there. Nice, A little Wonky, but Nice.

    Stixx
     
  12. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    canopy + protector jetpack = WIN!
     
  13. stratonrye

    stratonrye Maximal

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    Ditto. I know Rodimus is an old mold to most, but I just got that 2 pack Roddy and would love to be able to see that cool looking interior. BTW and back on the thread's topic, really sweet jetpack mode idea. I love it a lot.
     
  14. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    This pretty much sums it up. Be very careful with the pin, as the canopy part can be fragile around this area.
     

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  15. process

    process Hanlon's razor Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Perhaps this was an original design intent that failed QC?
     
  16. eisen

    eisen "CUT ME SOME SLACKS!"

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    kickass! excited for mine even more now! you really need a 1/32 custom daniel to hang out inside that canopy :D 
     
  17. adconx2

    adconx2 Cybertron D-Block

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    How did you guys mod the canopy? Some pic would be very helpful. Planning to do the same, need some help.
     
  18. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    At first I kinda thought so, but after I looked at it further, I lean more thinking that this is simply how it was assembled together. It's hard to say without having someone who worked on the design to comment.

    Once a person starts to work with it, it's clear to see what exactly needs modding.
     
  19. Tyjos

    Tyjos Just another Collector

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    Cool, just made me glance over at my Protector now and think about doing that...I'll probably do that tomorrow to see how he looks in person.
     
  20. Ramrider

    Ramrider TF Art Lad

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    Very much this. To be honest, I'm half-surprised there isn't already a tutorial for this, but the fact is, most people who've already done this mod probably did it years ago when Classics Roddy came out.

    I'll try and explain how it's done roughly based on fuzzy memory and looking at my long-modded Rod.

    First, lift up Rod's chest and undo the screw in his abdomen. This allows you to pull out the entire roof section. Put the screw back into the shaft in the canopy. You'll need it later to re-attach it to his stomach again.

    Now, remove the other screw in the underside of the canopy; this holds the windshield to the cockpit. Chuck it in your spares box, you can use it on another kitbash.
    Also, knock out the pin in the back corner of the cockpit. This you will need later. As well as holding in the spoiler parts that just fell off, this pin will also serve as the hinge for the cockpit. Put them all aside together.

    Now the cockpit comes apart, and you can start looking at what will stop it from opening. First and most obvious thing is the shaft that comes down from the inside of the roof. This is where that screw you threw away drilled into, so you know it doesn't need to be there anymore. Get rid of that (up to the supporting T-bar) with a rotary tool or some clippers.

    Then you just need to look at the back end of the canopy, to see what parts obstruct it from opening. If you study it properly, you should find that that main thing you need to get rid of is the back "wall" of the upper canopy. Trim this out from this inside, using a rotary tool if you have one, and I'd recommend clippers and a file if you don't. You can use a knife, but this plastic is hard, and it's very easy to slip (which you don't want, especially when you know it'll be a busy night at the hospital).
    Once that's smooth, test-fit it again, and you'll probably find a little obstruction at the bottom rear corners of the cockpit. Trim out the corners of the lower component in this case, as you'll barely see them anyway.

    Again, give it a test-fit, but you should be able now to re-attach the spoiler parts and put the pin back in. Try opening the canopy; if it doesn't, go back and have another look at anywhere that might still be obstructing. I think I've covered it all though, so it should open now. In which case, you can now get that screw out of the shaft on the bottom and re-screw it through his abs. You should now be golden.

    While I don't have WiP pics of the mod I must've done four years ago at least, I have just removed Rod's canopy and shot a pic of it open, so you can see fairly closely what my finished result looks like.
     

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