Heavy/Scratch: Tutorial For Pinning Fingers By Dawgstar

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  1. Dawgstar

    Dawgstar Retired Scratch Builder.

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    Hi all I thought that this might help some of you out who find that you are losing fingers from your MP Hands (fakebuskers mp seeker hands from shapeways).

    I think that photos work better than words so I will try and let them explain how.

    1st thing the tools needed for the job.

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    2nd thing I do is mark the dimples so that I can see where to drill.

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    3rd thing is to choose your drill bit. I tend to pick one that is slightly smaller than the pin that I am going to use.

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    4th let the drill bit do the work. I find that a slow speed will guide the bit through the dimples rather than you pushing the bit through the hand.

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    5th put all the fingers on and make sure they move freely.

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    6th place the fingers in the closed position.

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    7th drill through the dimples and holes that you drilled in step 4

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    8th put the pin through the hand and make sure that the fingers still open and close.

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    9th drill through the dimples on both sides of the fingers NOTE drill from both sides not straight through.

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    10th now put the finger tip in to place and close it up and drill through slowly.

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    11th after testing the finger you can put a very small amount of glue on the pin end and then pull it just into place.

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    12th once the glue has set you can now cut the pin down

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    13th Now you need to mark where the hole will be for the thumb.
    I mark it half way through the thumb as shown.

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    14th after testing the thumb add the glue same as before

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    and cut the pin

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    And that’s it. Thanks for looking

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  2. wheeljack2010

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    Nice! Thanks Arun! Will do this when they arrive!
     
  3. javaco

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    awesome! those are fakebuskers mp seeker hands from shapeways right?

    iv got a pair coming in the mail right now, i might try this out!
     
  4. Dawgstar

    Dawgstar Retired Scratch Builder.

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    Yours are on route and are all ready done buddy.
     
  5. Dawgstar

    Dawgstar Retired Scratch Builder.

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    Yes your correct. These ones are for my prototypes and are cast not for sale. your ones will have a much better finish and carry more detail.
     
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    Are those the shapeways version?

    Edit: nevermind, nice tutorial
     
  7. Dawgstar

    Dawgstar Retired Scratch Builder.

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    These are my cast copies of the shapeways item for prototyping.

    This will work the same for the shapeways version.
     
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    Awesome tutorial. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks! ;) 
     
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    Very interesting! I would like to see the related video...
     
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    nice job, the only thing though is that the tumb loses some articulation I believe because now you cant turn it if I am correct? It looks to me like it can only go up and down.
     
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    Great minds think alike! Since I had to file down the hand grooves significantly for the fingers to fit, the paper clip trick was invaluable to solve the loose joint issue. However, I didn't think about pinning the thumb...good call, there! Trading some floppy articulation for one rock-solid plane of movement will be worth it.

    Putting the process together in the form of a tutorial was a good idea, as it really gives strength to the hands' already excellent design. Thanks for putting forth the effort to document everything.
     
  13. CodeXCDM

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    Hm... can't give a "thumbs up" if the ball socket at the thumb is pinned tho... >_>

    Otherwise, neat tutorial!
     
  14. Superquad7

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    I think it's worth noting that if you have a set of hands that are able to accommodate this kind of modification, you can use this method, whether or not they're the exact hands mentioned in the op. RotF voyager Starscream, for example, can handle this modification.

    Excellent tutorial!
     
  15. Dawgstar

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    Good call and I can confirm it works for Primus aswell tried and tested
     
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    I'm not sure what you did there, as Primus' hands are already articulated. But, yeah, if you find a figure that has extended hands and you want to articulate them, this method of drilling a hole and using a paper clip for a metal pin certainly works. :thumb 
     
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    Dawgstar Retired Scratch Builder.

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    The idea of this tut was to help people who have lost fingers or want to move them about lots without them falling off. I see what you are saying about non articulated hands good idea.

    How do i get this moved to the tut section?

    I have some other tuts that i would like to put to gether over time.

    All the best

    Dawgstar
     
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    Anytime you have a tutorial to share, just post it here. From there, I take tutorials and resource them in the Tutorials section. Feel free to shoot me a visitor message when you get one finished :) 
     
  19. Dawgstar

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    Ok thanks alot and yes I will.
     

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