Minor/Repaint: RotF Starscream minor arm mod

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by iDarkDesign, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2005
    Posts:
    2,925
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +21
    Okay, I like the new starscream figure. Love the sleek alt mode. I like the fact that he's got hands and I love the new transformation.

    However I really hate the arms. Especially the elbows. I used my dremel to cut away some plastic and VOILA! the elbows work the right way. Then I looked at the fingers and I thought I could cut them off and reattach the fingers with a styrene pin.

    It worked and now Starscream can ball his fist at Megatron or give him the finger.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Sorry for the bad quality photo's. My camera is recharging.

    iDD
     

    Attached Files:

  2. knoted

    knoted Resistor Transistor

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    Posts:
    4,438
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    202
    Likes:
    +119
    Great work ! Looks really good on him. Yeah I like him too. I have 3 of them atm. Go figure hehe.

    (although I am still of opinion the default elbows are anatomically correct ; it's merely his hands which are at an unnatural angle)

    Hmm, you gonna finish up that custom movie 1 SS of yours btw ? It still looks very good, would probably look better finished up ;) 
     
  3. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2009
    Posts:
    11,796
    Trophy Points:
    217
    Likes:
    +2
    Ebay:
    I still don't like this mold but I love what you were able to do with the arms and fingers. I am curious about the TFTM Starscream. That looks pretty cool.
     
  4. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2005
    Posts:
    2,925
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +21
    thanks!

    I don't have the time or space at the moment to to any painting :(  I think that one will be finished somewhere summer 2010... :( 

    Small mods however are very welcome!

    iDD
     
  5. tanleeseng

    tanleeseng Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Posts:
    105
    Trophy Points:
    67
    Likes:
    +6
    Nice. The hands should now hide properly in jet mode I presume. I saw a similar mod being done on the Japanese Transformers Image Board (with retractable arm guns) but that other mod requires a bit of extra work (not to mention I can't read Japanese :tongue:  ). Pardon my lack of knowledge but what is a "styrene pin" and how do I go about getting one. Is it possible for you to provide a guide on how this mod is done ?

    Thanks.
     
  6. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2005
    Posts:
    2,925
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +21
    Hi Tanleeseng,
    would you post the link please? I'm always interested in work-in-progress pics and other customs.

    I learned the 'styrene-pin' from Micheal Fichtenmeyers website (FichtenFoo). I love reading through his WIP's and I get all inspired by his modifications and techniques. Looking at finished customs is one thing, but you never learn anything about how it was made! Anyway here's Mr. Fichtenmeyer's instructions on how to create your own rivit/pin. It's super easy!

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/fichtenfoo/mig/pins.jpg
    [​IMG]
    You take a piece of styrene rod, hold it near a heat source until it starts to deform. You press it against something flat and VOILA! The other side is a bit tricky as you will be doing this near the model itself. Just take your time!

    iDD
     
  7. _Flashback_

    _Flashback_ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2007
    Posts:
    582
    Trophy Points:
    117
    Likes:
    +1
    Ebay:
    Thats a real helpful hint, thanks.
     
  8. Slimaximus

    Slimaximus Headmaster

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2004
    Posts:
    3,751
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    202
    Likes:
    +11
    now did you shave off the black or tan part of the elbow joint?
     
  9. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2006
    Posts:
    5,620
    News Credits:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    261
    Likes:
    +11
    Sweet. I will do this, plus I am going to add ball joints to my screamers wrist.

    BY THE WAY... IF YOU WANT THAT OTHER SCREAMER FINISHED... SEND HIM TO ME.. HE IS TO FREAKIN SWEET TO BE UNPAINTED!!!!
     
  10. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2005
    Posts:
    2,925
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +21
    I cut away at the tan part. The black part is left untouched (or just a little shaved if you mess up) I just rememberd that you need to remove the upperscrew! the toy won't loosen up if you are worried.

    Thanks for the kind words Encline. But I want to finish it on my own. In hindsight it's actually a pretty easy mod too!

    iDD
     
  11. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2005
    Posts:
    66,410
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    407
    Location:
    agile house
    Likes:
    +919
    I want to try this!
     
  12. tanleeseng

    tanleeseng Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Posts:
    105
    Trophy Points:
    67
    Likes:
    +6
    Thank you for the very clear explaination. Here's the link to the Japanese TF site :

    Main Page : ƒgƒ‰ƒ“ƒXƒtƒH�[ƒ}�[‰æ‘œŒfŽ¦”“ü‚èŒû

    TF Toy Image board : Wait...

    TF Modification board : Wait...

    Although I think they remove some of the pics but the pics of the final mod SS are still there.:thumb 
     
  13. closetrat

    closetrat Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Posts:
    3,482
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +8
    Crap! -- missed the link, did you manage to save the pics & if so, can you post them here?
     
  14. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2005
    Posts:
    2,925
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +21
    I couldn't find anything on those links. I suck at navigating chinese/ japanese websites.


    iDD
     
  15. zalten

    zalten Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Posts:
    599
    Trophy Points:
    111
    Likes:
    +0
    Looks great....I am currently working on my own Starscream ( adding the back engines and painting) but now you inspired me to do this thanks so much
     
  16. sixpointsinspace

    sixpointsinspace Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Posts:
    2,387
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    201
    Likes:
    +3
    Can someone who has attempted this show the areas specifically to shave off or cut? Could this be done with just an exacto knife? I don't have a dremmel.
     
  17. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2005
    Posts:
    2,925
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +21
    Technically it could be done with a knife, though it is a lot of plastic!

    [​IMG]


    iDD
     
  18. zalten

    zalten Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Posts:
    599
    Trophy Points:
    111
    Likes:
    +0
    this is a great mod i did it myself and love it
     
  19. sixpointsinspace

    sixpointsinspace Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Posts:
    2,387
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    201
    Likes:
    +3
    Looking at that you have to wonder why it wasn't designed that way....hasbro....
     
  20. Hotwire

    Hotwire Pro-Customizer

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Posts:
    1,331
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +0
    Was trying this mod on my Starscream, and I'm not sure I've done it right. I carved out the section you posted, but his arm still won't bend more than a few degrees. Did I do something wrong?
     

Share This Page