Heavy/Scratch: Zebu's Custom DOTM Shockwave WIP

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  1. godzebu

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    Zebu's Custom DOTM Shockwave WIP *update 4 AUG 11*

    Howdy!

    I finally started my mod and custom work on DOTM Shockwave.
    This thread will focus on WIP. I hope this will help those who would like to do their own custom work and need some tip/encouragement/motivations.

    I will try to put as much information on the item I used and reveal the source.

    Feel free to ask questions~

    Well... here we go!
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    So far, I've worked on the Head.

    Supplies needed were
    1. Chip led (amber): from e-bay
    2. Some wires: from computer parts or radioshack
    3. Epoxy: Hobbywave.com
    4. Soldering iron set
    5. Dremel
    6. Pin vise drill (0.8 mm)

    First, I used dramel to make room under the light piping area in the head.

    Next,
    a. I've cut off (carefully) the uppder 1/3 of ball joint for the head.
    b. Drilled using 0.8mm pinvise in 45 degree so it passes the pin that hold the ball joint.
    c. Using dremel (very very very carefully), scooped out the inside of ball joint to make room for chip led.
    d. Installed chip led
    f. Filled in the gaps using epoxy

    I'm happy to report that led installation does not interfere with transformation at all.
    The battary and the switch will be installed within the figure and led will work in both the robot and the alt mode.

    Thanks for reading and until next time~

    Zebu
     

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    Looks very promising so far, good work.
     
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    This is going to be a great thread to follow! Thanks for being so willing to help others!
     
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    this is a very clear step by step follow on project. It has given me some ideas for some of my projects. Thanks for taking the time to do this thread. It is very useful indeed
     
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    Thanks for positive comments~
    O.K lets go on to the battery installation.
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    Items used
    1. Watch battery 3V (CR 1220): From E-bay
    CR1220 | eBay
    2. Wires, epoxy, Soldering iron, and Dremel

    Procedures
    1. I used watch battery CR1220. It is very small and flat. Also, it is 3V battery so it will run most of LED straight without using resistor. See the reference picture with Testors Enamel bottle for the size comparison. Also, in this picture, you will see the switch I used (WIP will be added later).
    2. To make the procedure easier, I recommend removing Shockwave's legs (it is not required, but it will make figure more manageable).
    3. When you open up Shockwave's chest, there is lock-and-groove at the center of inner chest (marked by red circle in the picture). Remove these to make room for the battery. Don't worry; these structures are TOTALLY unnecessary to exist for figure to maintain its transformability.
    4. Using epoxy (Small amount size of B.B will do. Amount shown in the picture was actually too much), attach the wire to the battery (negative charge) and the entire assembly to the Shockwave's chest.
    5. Strip another wire and wrap the entire thing so that positive charge will be in contact with the positive side of battery.
    6. Let the whole thing dry for 24 hours.
    7. You can see the last two photos that the head can be turned 360 degrees.

    I hope these instructions will help some of you.

    Thanks

    Zebu
     

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    Nice job! There's still some things I don't get, but you've done a great job with the mods!:thumbs2: 
     
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    Feel free to ask here or PM me~

    Zebu
     
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    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    I wasn't thinking of giving Shockwave an LED, but this is greatly increasing my interest in doing so!
     
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    When you have to change the battery, I guess you cut off the old/dead battery, strip the wires back and reattach with epoxy?

    Also, the head has 360 degrees rotation, but I can't help but think that theoretically if you turned his head say clockwise 50 times you would twist the wires and possibly beak one. Very unlikely I know, but the way I read it gives the impression it has 360 degree rotation without impediment. I just wanted clarification, I certainly couldn't figure it out that way, I went another route.
     
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    man oh man..this is so great.
     
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    Great question! I'm sure others wondered the same. I spent few hours to over come that issue myself....

    Basically, the mod process will not let LED assembly (LED and wires) to be touched at all.
    As you can see from the picture below:
    Cutting the top 1/3, scooping small amount out, and bypass drilling within the neck ball joint completely place the LED assembly within the ball joint.

    Also, making room below the light piping ensures that LED does not get touched by other parts of the shockwave's head even it rotates.

    So rotating the head 50 times (or 100 times for that matter) won't damage the LED.

    Again, thanks for asking.

    Thanks

    Zebu.
     

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