FANS HOBBY MB-15 Naval Commander (Armada Optimus Prime)

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by blitzjoans, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. evilash3373

    evilash3373 Well-Known Member

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    I hope the cost of all these replacement parts doesn't kill them. Fans Hobby is one of my favorite 3rd party companies.

    Hope they can turn it around. Would like to pick this guy up if they can fix all the issues.
     
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    So just a heads up to those of you that haven’t attempted to swap the head fins or place the batteries in Naval Commander’s head, be very careful trying to take the screw out that holds it to the plate. Mine was so tightly packed it ended up stripping out. After several attempts of different removals, I had to dremel a notch for a flathead screwdriver to get in there a take it out. Luckily I had some extra screws from ShowZ trying to half ass an issue with a Xtb product. A load of BS to be sure.
     

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    RoboW4rrior298 Maximum blast!

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    Thanks for reminding me, I had a lot of grief with this screw on my copies. It was unbelievably tight on all 3 and took forever to get them out without stripping it.
     
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    No problem. These 3P companies need to realize that if they're going to use these tiny screws, don't tighten the hell out of them. They're so easy to wreck with a few turns of a screwdriver. I'm not exactly pleased I have a couple of cut marks from my Dremel on the plastic now. Maybe I'll try a little heat next time.
     
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    RoboW4rrior298 Maximum blast!

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    If the part with the cut marks on yours is the one I’m imagining in my head then at least it’s not in view all the time? Still sucks though. The screws are so fragile.
     
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    My replacement parts arrived! Was the whole front section of the cab. No cracks on it now and I'm a lot more confident picking it up and playing with it. It didn't come with a replacement super head however and my screw head was stripped to fudge like others have said here so I emailed FH and they said they can send out a replacement screw and super head, but I'll have to cover the cost of shipping going forward, which I'm more than happy to do.

    So it seems like as of after first replacement parts are sent, if you have any other issues you can get replacement parts sent out but you just need to cover shipping.

    Still really hoping for a Nemesis Prime of the Cab and a Jetfire!
     
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  7. BlueAngel_Bolt

    BlueAngel_Bolt I'M REALLY FEELING IT

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    So I got a text from Fedex this morning. Are these the replacement parts? If so i'm super hyyype
     

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    That’s correct!

    Mine are now suddenly out for delivery today as well (a whole 4 days early)
    I’m so so excited to see people getting their parts shipped out and getting them in hand.

    It’s been a journey but this thread has been totally great to chat in and give good feedback!

    EDIT: Minutes after I posted this I got a knock on the door from FedEx!
    I won’t be able to open it up till possibly tomorrow though (received my second vaccine shot yesterday and wow did it kick me down hard)
     
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  9. bman29

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    Isn’t Fext Hobby a display set?
     
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    BlueAngel_Bolt I'M REALLY FEELING IT

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    YESSSS. I'm so excited. I haven't transformed mine out of super mode in 2 months. And only recently handled it to make sure there weren't any cracks in the trailer (so far so good!) So i'm excited to handle him without fear of breaking anything soon.

    And I just got my second poke today too! Feel better dude!

    That's what made me question it at first. Esoecially since I haven't ordered anything in awhile :lol 
     
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  11. idkwdya

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    Thankfully my fever went down (finally) and got a few minutes to install the new parts. Pictured below are the new parts installed and have no signs of cracking or being overly tight. The upper cab section now moves all the way down to reveal the combined head without feeling it’ll stress!

    FH really pulled through here, I’m super happy to finally be able t enjoy this figure!

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    Did they make the head bigger? The proportions for it look much better in this photo for some reason
     
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    Looks to be the same sized head after comparing it to the original!
     
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    idkwdya Well-Known Member

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    Apologies for the multiple posts today, I noticed this little piece on the floor after I installed the replacement parts and for the life of me can’t figure out where it goes.

    Does anyone have a clue? Thanks!
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    One of these actually got dislodged off mine just yesterday! If they are what I think they are, then they go on the forearms, right beneath the fists, covering up some screws.
     
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    The fact that for most of us, the entire upper torso is being replaced, gives it a weird ship-of-Thesus conundrum. It's weird that one of the parts that will be replaced is the face! I'm going to give the old upper torso to someone maybe because I don't want to have to throw it away.
     
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    You are a legend!! Thank you! That’s exactly where it went.
    Yeah it feels weird to just, have a torso laying around. I’ll probably just keep mine as a backup just in case I need to swap out a tire or something specific down the road.

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    Ah, it was above, not beneath.

    That's what I might end up doing!
     
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    If the face plastic is not likely to break; if I had any say, I would not have sent heads lol
     
  20. idkwdya

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    An absolutely wonderful feeling to know that this guy isn’t going to crack and break into bits now.
    The combination process is 100% smoother and I have seen zero cracking issues. The version 2 parts also can connect his chest in combined mode properly!
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