Heavy/Scratch: BBM Shockwave Mods

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by Dachande, May 20, 2024.

  1. Dachande

    Dachande MULTI-QUOTE- USE IT. Super Mod

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    Thanks to the mod @SideSwipe154 did on his BBM Shockwave, I decided to take a stab at it to make a figure I had zero intention of buying into something I would actually display.

    Tools needed:
    • Sharp Xacto
    • Razor saw
    • Dremel with carving, sanding and drill bits.
    • Good glue (I use Insta-cure+)
    • JBWeld JB Kwik 2-part epoxy
    • Lego Ball Joints (x2)
    Started with the feet. The tilt range was limited, but with some strategic cutting, it's actually pretty good.
    The dark plastic on the actual foot ran into the leg structure, so I angled the bit so it would sit flush against the leg part. Pretty easy to do with a sharp Xacto, with good results.
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    Next, the biceps.
    Started by freeing up the shoulder armor. Had to cut away a small section of the dark plastic.
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    This allows the armor to be pulled outward.
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    Do note that it causes two very small pieces of the purple plastic to crack, but it isn't noticable and affects nothing.
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    Now, the fun part- the biceps (aka articulation that should have been there to begin with).

    There is a line in the arm design that is perfect for the separation cut. I used a razor saw to get the cleanest cut, but there was still some cleanup to do.
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    Next, I hollowed out the cavity on the lower arm point to fit a trimmed Lego ball joint socket. This was done with the Dremel rotary cutting bits, an Xacto and a very small drill bit to get the corners deeper.
    You also need to cut a channel in the "roof" to allow the ball joint to pass through when mounting. You can not attach the ball joint after mounting the receiving end, so the channel is necessary.
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    Trimmed the ball joint side down to basically a small T-bar, and hollowed out the upper arm spot to mount this. I also drilled a small hole in to pin it in place for added stability, and because there will be some tension on it when moved.
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    I also added some 2-part epoxy to the ball side for additional support.
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    Now, put it all together and add more epoxy around the socket, being extra careful to not get any on the actual joint.
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    I have gap fillers made out of styrene that will be added once the epoxy cures fully (will add pics of that later). I also like to add a bit of glue around the epoxy just for support.

    Overall, this is a fun project that should never have been necessary.
     
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  2. Dachande

    Dachande MULTI-QUOTE- USE IT. Super Mod

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    I'm impatient, so I assembled the arms.
    MUCH better, and more natural to pose.
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  3. POSSESSED_DIGIT

    POSSESSED_DIGIT WE ARE NUBBY THUMB!!

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    Very nice. I might check out that ankle trick. I thought about doing that shoulder trick too.

    I just did my own bicep swivel and yours is much nicer aesthetically.

    I also replaced his dopey hand gun with multiple attachments. I also added a bunch of Lego ports to hold said attachments
     
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  4. shiftypenguin

    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

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    Very nicely done!
     
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  5. SideSwipe154

    SideSwipe154 Not a Decepticon

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    This is awesome and I'm glad I could play some part in making this a worthwhile purchase for you and anyone else! It's such a small but effective change to the overall quality of the figure. I'm also thinking about doing the ankle tilt mod but I'll get to it eventually. Great work!
     
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  6. Joey_Santana

    Joey_Santana Shockwave fanboy

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    Very cool! I remember seeing the other guy mods before yours but didn’t have a proper time to comment.

    I confess that I don’t get so bothered about this biceps issue but I recognize that it is upsetting not being able to do certain poses with this figure.

    I see those are great and complex mods which make this awesome figure even better. I will never understand why Hasbro has always to make certain figures incomplete in therms of articulation or proper aesthetics… If I ever get patient enough, I will certainly customize mine too, thank you for showing the steps.
     
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  7. Decepticon Shockwave

    Decepticon Shockwave Heroic Scientist

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  8. Josephimus Prime 14

    Josephimus Prime 14 Member Of Freaking Army Of Primes,Knights Of Iacon

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    Ello Shockwave! :D 
     
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  9. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    Very nice! Especially that bicep swivel.
     
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