Heavy/Scratch: TF: Prime Knockout's Bodywork Tools (Shapeways)

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  1. fakebusker83

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    IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: I have recently received feedback that some of you have received broken pieces especially on the shoulder armour. I apologise for the inconvenience that has caused. The shoulder pieces have to be that thin to accommodate the hinge and yet fit in alt mode, but I will try and see if I can thicken them somemore. For those who have broken pieces, do not discard them as you can use them to get coupons or refunds. Keep your order numbers and receipts as well.

    I hate to say this but even though I've tested the model several times successfully, there will still be cases of defect. 3D printing is still not a reliable science yet. Your mileage will vary.


    TF: Prime deluxe Knockout's Bodywork Tools
    Update November 20, 2012


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    "PREPARE FOR SURGERY!"

    Alright! I know plenty of you have been waiting for this set for a long time..
    and I also pains me to have it delay another day so here it is!
    The TFP deluxe Knockout set is finally released and ready to order!

    I won't apologise for taking so long with this set, because from my experience,
    it's much better to delay a release a few weeks to make sure every piece works out
    rather than to rush it out and patch things up later. I'm glad I took my time with this
    because you can have my assurance that 90% of the time, this set will work out beautifully.
    This is even with the inherent idiosyncrasies of 3D printing.

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    There are a lot of items for this set. For the torso you will receive a pair of
    replacement shoulders and a pair of back fillers. The shoulders are redesigned to be
    more show accurate, and the top plates swivel upwards for a better bot silhouette,
    yet swivel down close to allow them to fit in alt mode. The back fillers are meant to
    fill up the gaps in Knockout's back and give him a more solid looking body
    and a better overall appearance.

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    For Knockout to play doctor, the set has included 1 cutting saw, 1 trephinator drill
    and 1 paralyzer spear. All 3 accessories need assembly, but they should be simple
    enough that anyone can do it. The saw and drill are designed to be held by the hand,
    but they can also be mounted straight into his forearms with the hands folded in.
    As for the spear, it can be folded in half and comes with a side peg for storage purposes.

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    In alt mode, the shoulders compress down and fit comfortably, but you have to be
    careful to get the orientation of the arms just right, or the shoulders will pop right off.
    The back fillers can be pegged onto the side peg holes of the car to form boosters to
    give Knockout a little extra push. Also, the boosters have 5mm diameter holes
    for weapon storage as well.

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    Problems/Issues

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    Well, this set has no major ones so far, but the only fault I care to mention is that
    depending on the quality of the print you receive, the joint of the spear could be
    very loose or very tight. The joint has a octagonal cross section with a protruding,
    locking ring. If there's too much powder deposited on the model, the peg will be too
    thick for the receiving ring and the latter might snap when you try to flex the joint.

    If you suspect that's going to happen, take a step back, use a blade to carefully scrape off
    material from contact surfaces of the peg, especially around the octagonal area.
    It helps if you do a few test turns to 'wear down' the joint.


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    Some guys have given feedback that they are unclear on how to mount the saw and
    drill into the forearms, and/or the weapons don't stay in and are too loose.
    The two photos above explains how I mount the weapons on mine. I use the gap in
    the weapon handle to 'grip' the inner ribbing of the forearm, specifically the second one in.
    Make sure to push the handle all the way in to ensure a firmer hold, and fold the
    roof panel down with the hand positioned as shown for additional security.

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    If the weapons still feel loose (especially the cutting saw which is heavier) you can
    try clipping the weapon on the third rib instead. In this position it seems the
    inner structure of the forearm helps a lot more in holding in the weapon. The only drawback
    is that the gap at the bottom of the forearm is slightly larger.

    Hope this helps!


    Conclusion

    And so this is it! A set to make an average figure as awesome as his on-screen counterpart!
    Few free to give comments, critique or gifts of chocolate!


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    You can order the standard version here at
    TFP Knockout's Bodywork Tools on Shapeways.


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    You can also order the ported variant set with extra 5mm peg holes
    on the back filler pieces. This one is available at
    TFP Knockout's Bodywork Tools (ported version).

    I have tested this set in White Strong Flexible, and details are pretty good. A nice paintjob
    should be able to bring out all the details.

    - Ariel

    Flickr is here.

    Fakebusker's Shapeways Store
     

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  2. MovieGodOptimus

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    I'm loving this!
     
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    I am excited for you to finish this. The dull paint job would have been forgiven much easier had they thought to include some of his toys from the show. Thank you for filling in not only his back, but for Hasbro's oversight.
     
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    Holy crap! What an improvement! Cant wait to see this released!
     
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    god damint man yet again something i want
     
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    Looks very cool
    All I need now is a knockout
     
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    Looks pretty epic so far. Looking forward to seeing it develop! :D 
     
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    This look like pure plastic fun. Thanks for working on them.
     
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    My goodness man, is there anything you can't accomplish? Incredible! is there any way you would be able to upgrade his chest section to be more accurate in bot mode? I know I would be all over that just like all your wfc weapons!! they are fantastic!
     
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    BEAUTIFUL design work!

    I think the 5mm ports are a good thing. There's never a situation where either a 5mm hole or peg isn't a good idea IMO.
     
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    Amazing work as always Fakebusker. I know I'll be getting one upon release.

    As for the side panels, maybe I'm a minority here but I don't really see them as adding anything substantial to the figure. I don't know.
     
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    Fakebusker everybody, a big hand. :bay 

    now if only you could do something about the chest curving like the show
     
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    Fantastic, as always!
    I'm all up for the 5mm ports, as said before, it can't be a bad thing can it?
    I don't suppose theres any chance you'd be working on a more show accurate head? Personally that bugs me way more than the shoulders
     
  14. fakebusker83

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    Thank you guys all for the comments!

    Do you mean the back fillers? Well without them there will be huge gaping holes on Knockout's side and back. That was what irked me the most about that figure, the hollowness of it all.

    Granted, they look slightly out of place mounted in alt mode. I guess that's the compromise I'll have to make in regards to the design. The second iteration will be made more streamlined to fit the car better.

    Modifying the chest will be a bigger challenge as they are large, curved pieces and are attached to the figure by metal pins. I don't think I can handle that kind of job right now, that's why they are out of the scope of this project.


    I hear you guys about the 5mm port. I prefer to leave them in myself as the set will give him 3 weapons and he needs somewhere to keep them. I'll probably shift them to a more convenient location though.

    As for the head, maybe not for now. The stock head is still passable (for me) and can be made to look better with an appropriate paintjob. Building a new head is a complex task.
     
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    Looks great, I like that you found a way to incorporate the extra pieces for vehicle mode, whilst they aren't necessary I think it's good you thought it might be wanted.
     
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    Fakebusker, you are a gift to this fandom.
     
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    Insane....now i have a reason to love knockout even more.....as always great job....leave it as is with the ports....AWESOME!!!!.....cant wait to see the final product....
     
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    Personally I don't care about the hollowness. I display him facing forward so it never bugged me. Also looking at it now it doesn't seem that bad to me. Opinions will vary of course but that's me. I'll likely buy this for the weapons.
     
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    fantastic. cant wait
     
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    Prepare for surgery!!! :lol 
     

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