Minor/Repaint: A Studio Series Ironhide Bumper Mod

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by savio-prime, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. savio-prime

    savio-prime Autobot

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    Here's how I modified the front bumper:

    Use small nylon hinges for the new joints
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    Extract the stock pins from the hinges, widen the holes to 0.040" and replace pin with jumbo paper clip. Use snips to cut paper clip to proper length.

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    Cut the bumper using an angled blade to score the cut lines, and a flat blade head to slice them apart (slow rocking motion).
    Shape the hinges to conform to the bumper profile.

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    Glue the edges of the nylon hinges into position.

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    Front view with ends bent
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    Apply black gloss spray paint 2x, then with clear satin coating.

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    Reinstall, and... Action!!!

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  2. SPLIT LIP

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    Magnificent!
     
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  3. King Glurch

    King Glurch It's too late for Christmas, Starscream!

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    That's pretty cool. I don't think I understand why you replaced the pin in the joint with a bit of a paper clip though. Is that to make the hinge tighter?
     
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  4. savio-prime

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    Yep! That's the idea. The hinge is too floppy out of the bag. Using the jumbo size paper clip makes the hinge very snug and strong enough to keep the angles!
     
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  5. Andrew28b

    Andrew28b Nemesis custom

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    Can we get this stickied for a Tutorial?
     
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  6. CautionLowSign

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    Great work!
     
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  7. Ae38

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  8. shiftypenguin

    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

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    Clever mod!
     
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  9. closetrat

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    Absolutely what this piece needs - aside from a redesigned bumper altogether

    Still, this is a very doable mod, that improves the figure immensely - great work!
     
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  10. ObakaChanTachi

    ObakaChanTachi What’s my age again?

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    With this mod is there still any good reason to spend $100 on the MPM over this $30 beauty?
     
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  11. savio-prime

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    I love this figure, but I'm still going to get MPM Ironhide!!!
     
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  12. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan OFFICIAL MMM REP

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    Nice, just have to find those hinges somewhere. EDIT: found on eBay for about $5.

    How much does it suck to get the bumper off in the first place?
     
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  13. savio-prime

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    I bought the hinges at a hobby shop place that specializes in model airplane parts and other R/C devices.

    Removing the bumper is super easy. Just pop off the snap-on wheels, and you should see the pin located where the front "axle" would typically be approximately.

    Then with another pin or nail (of similar thickness to the pin) tap the pin out from the side of the vehicle with the silver autobot logo. It shouldn't take much pressure at all, and slide out very easily!

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  14. KayODave

    KayODave Still a grey prototype

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    I don’t normally mod my figures, but I can see me doing this. Alt mode pics, please?
     
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  15. savio-prime

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    I'll try to get a pic for you this afternoon
     
  16. savio-prime

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    Alt mode pics.

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    Today, I re-worked the hinges because they were about 1/32nd too close to center. The result was that the ends could not bend all the way up as I originally envisioned.

    I wanted the bumper ends to sit completely flush against tires. So, I had to break the super glue bonds of yesterday's work and reposition the hinges a tad bit more outward. Now it's just like I planned it!!! The joint of the hinges have to clear the outer edge of the tires.

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  17. World Prime

    World Prime Za Warudo!

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    This is beyond my abilities but I’m always impressed with your work!
     
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  18. Kamijou Touma

    Kamijou Touma Imagine Breaker TFW2005 Supporter

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    Great work, much better.
     
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  19. Jazz210

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    Alright which one of u is willing to customize mine??
     
  20. Gepard

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    The MPM places the rear tires in the hips, the first and only figure to actually do it for real. That's worth a buy right there IMO.
     
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