By Generation: TFC Toys Uranos: Blackbird - Chest Modification

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    (Special thanks to TFW member Demonss for the video tutorial and lending an assist on this tutorial. ~Superquad7)

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    The chest plate that makes Silverbolt look so bulky is actually better-proportioned for the gestalt, and it looks a whole lot more like Superion!

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    I don't even think it needs painting, actually.

    I have a more elegant solution, using the existing hinge on Silverbolt's chest:

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    Push the pins out to remove the hinge, and find a replacement pin (of the same diameter) five or six millimeters longer. The pin I used was from Animated Voyager Optimus, but most Transformers have similarly-sized pins.

    Then you'll need to drill parallel holes of the same diameter at the bottom of the chest plate, just below those contentious abdomen flaps:

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    The yellow line indicates how the replacement pin will be orientated.

    Install the hinge with the tab facing downwards; if you've lined up the holes properly, the hinge will fit perfectly in the space between the abdomen ball joints, and the tab will fit into the pre-existing channel at the base of the chest piece.

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    Finally, reattach the other end of the hinge to the chest as it was originally attached, using the original pin. That's it!

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    Now that the hinge is attached to the bottom of the chest plate, it's a hell of a lot more useful.

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    Fold the chest plate down, and it locks onto Silverbolt's chest exactly as it did before:

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    Fold the chest plate up, and now it's the perfect height to cover Superion's neck and shoulders.

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    No parts-forming required, and the chest plate still fits as snugly on Silverbolt as it did before!

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    I'm glad you asked. This mod also totally solves that problem, giving a great deal more clearance for Superion's swelled head*.

    *Seriously though, if you were the first and best of the Autobot combiners - and your name was "Superion" - you'd probably have a swelled head, too!

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    It goes in and out much more easily now!

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    Honestly, if this simple design adjustment had occurred to TFC at the time, I'm sure they never would've bothered with Phantom Ray. He's totally superfluous now.
     

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