Minor/Repaint: WfC Bumblebee Leg Mod

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  1. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    I really didn't like how long Bumblebee's legs were and that he was as tall as Prime, so I did a little mod to fix that.

    1-Take the lower leg off. It’s a pressure joint so quite easy.
    2-Remove the two screws that hold the leg together.
    3-Take the slider piece out. This is what you will cut.
    4-Here's a shot of both sides of the slider. The dotted line is right where you want to cut.

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    5-Cut the "B"!
    6-The lower piece is no longer needed and even though it looks like you just cut off some crucial stuff, it still holds together just fine in vehicle mode.
    6.1-If you prefer a slightly more complex mod that requires glueing use this step instead of steps 5 and 6.
    7-Place the slider back in and screw the leg back together. I left the cut alone but if you want you could glue on a piece to the bottom to close off the loop. It really isn't necessary as the leg holds together very well and I haven't pulled it apart yet while transforming it.
    8-Repeat steps 1-7 on the other leg. Snap the legs back on!

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    A happy Prime with a shorter Bumblebee.

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    And transformation is unharmed. The only drawback is that the back wheels can flex in and out more.

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    Funny you ask, here's a "before" shot from a couple weeks ago!

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  2. Spiderus Prime

    Spiderus Prime TFW Spongebob since 2007

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    Nice can he still transform?
     
  3. JacobPGalvatron

    JacobPGalvatron Storm Trooper #1

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    Neat.
    Simple, but seems pretty effective.
     
  4. Lucs

    Lucs This Guy!

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    Looks pretty easy to me. I might have to try this once I get this guy in hand. Would love to see a before and after side by side but that probably won't happen.

    Funny when you see these guys side by side seems Prime should have been a voyager, his head's too small. Or maybe bb should be a scout
     
  5. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    Oops, just edited it, yes, it transforms fine.:thumbs2: 
     
  6. amethysted

    amethysted Well-Known Member

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    Nice mod.

    But I think this fig is better un-cut...

    The Prime is WAY to small anyway. And I leave him in truck mode on my desk...

    Bumblebee will eventually replace my classics version on the main display shelf.

    Standing tall!

    What an awsome figure...
     
  7. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    The shorter legs also help him be a little more accurate. Those REALLY skinny upper legs look crazy when left alone.
     
  8. Thundercracker

    Thundercracker Contemptuous

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    That's ACE man, I'll be copying that when mine gets here from BBTS.
     
  9. x BlackMagnus x

    x BlackMagnus x Is not impressed

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    Very nice, simple, yet extremely effective mod. BB looks better proportioned this way!:thumbs2: 
     
  10. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    Looks good. I'll have to think about doing that first.

    Can you pose him next to the Classics BB?
     
  11. javaco

    javaco javaco

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    i noticed the high difference too! i just slide the legs down tho. no cutting, and just kinda messed around with the feet so they look ok.
    i like his look tho with the longer legs
     
  12. tarZen

    tarZen Well-Known Member

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    The problem with the figure is not that the legs are too long, it's that they look too skinny. And the real reason for that is the back roof kibble, which is not in the actual game model. Imagine it without the kibble, it actually looks fine. I did a quick photoshop to illustrate this:

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  13. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Did anyone have any questions, etc. before this tutorial is resourced? I was thinking that the thread had covered things already. Guys?
     
  14. SMOG

    SMOG Vocab-champion ArgueTitan

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    I have to ask... when you say that the legs after this mod "hold together well" , what do you mean? Is there any actual stopper or anything that prevents the legs from sliding out? Or do you just mean that when you transform him, you take care not to exert any pressure on his legs?

    I mean, I guess once you shorten the legs, there's no longer any reason for them to slide up or down, right? Hypothetically, you could just glue that whole internal leg section in place permanently, right?

    Incidentally, one of the first things I did with this figure when I got him out of the package was see if I could transform him with his legs shortened like this. I think it really does improve his overall proportions. Those legs are so skinny, and combined with his short torso, he looks kind of weird. With the short legs, he has more of the stoutness that I associate with Bumblebee.

    Of course, then his arms are still a bit long... but that doesn't bother me as much. Also, I tilt his chest and hips backward a bit, so I can push his head foreward more to cut down on the "hunchback" effect.

    zmog
     
  15. joekabuto

    joekabuto http://www.joekabuto.com/

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    great job, and thanks for the tips! :thumb 
     
  16. ambroseya

    ambroseya Well-Known Member

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    very useful!! thx!
     
  17. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    I'll check when I get home tonight, it's been a little while and I simply can't remember if the leg slides out if pulled too hard, I don't think it does though.

    I do know that even with the mod the legs still have to slide up and down to transform, so gluing them wouldn't work.

    I'll let you know.
     
  18. cheetor71

    cheetor71 Autobot

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    I made the mod to mine and the leg doesn't pull out if pulled to hard. I think in order for it to come out, you'd have to pull it with enough force to break it.
     
  19. tanleeseng

    tanleeseng Well-Known Member

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    Hmm...I'm wondering...would cutting only the middle part and glue back the top and bottom halves work and help stabilize the wheel ? (Hope you don't mind me borrowing your pics)
     

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  20. rmac-69

    rmac-69 TF HUNTER

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    You should try it... Got him a while ago and am looking for ways to shorten him a little bit. Don't understand why they made him so tall? Other than that nice mod axiom.:thumb 
     

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