General Upgrade Kits Thread

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by ziltama, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. CyberDragon10K

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    I think it looks good. The handle design is definitely the best part, but the printing striations on the blade are an understandable turnoff for some.

    Bare in mind I had to sand off some roughness along the centerline of the blade on both sides (running a finger along would catch/irritate the skin). Also had to force a 5mm drill bit into his hands to get them in working order but that's on Slug.
     
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  2. POSSESSED_DIGIT

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    It does look nice. But the print striations kinda suck. Maybe I’ll get it for the handle and splice it with the Nonnef blade…
     
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  3. ziltama

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    I'm not thrilled about any existing Slug / Slag sword solution, although Nonnef's is easily the worst looking one. BDT has the most stylized look. MW's actually doesn't look too bad, but I'd rather not have the rest of the kit.

    There is one LED sword being advertised for both dinos although it's clearly Grimlock-style. My main complaint is that it's short despite how it looks in pics. The LED function doesn't work nearly as nice as the ZX Grimlock LED sword. The handles are also annoyingly loose. Dunno who makes them. The paint finish is so so, although could also benefit from repainting.

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    No one other than 115 Studio made a gap-filler/leg upgrade kit for Siege Doubledealer correct?
     
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    And it's not a good one...

    Speaking of them, I got their Fangry kit in my eBay shipment today and I'm actually impressed by it. Very well made and excellent paint apps. It's such a simple design but does so much.

    I'm very impressed with the Matrix Studio Superion and Defensor weapons. Wow, are they nice. Crisp paint apps, everything fits just right (not too snug, not too loose) and they're surprisingly hefty.

    I got the no-name hand upgrade kits for Sky Shadow/Overlord and man, what a difference they make. Oddly enough, though... Only the connector and 5mm adapter are 3d printed, the hands themselves are clearly injection molded. I don't know who the hands belong to, but they did a pretty nice job on them. The printed parts are nice and sturdy, too.

    Loving the simplicity of the Matrix Studio Wreck-Gar kit. A rifle and an ax handle extension. Can't go wrong!

    Bought the Megatron wrist covers for my G2 Megatron but the shipping company (not the seller) sent me black instead of green and I'm being offered a replacement in green or a $3.00 refund. Honestly, I'm going with the refund, because chances are they'll just send the wrong color again and it'll be even more time. Just not worth the hassle.
     
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    Yea it looked like it was printed at a really low resolution. I was considering thinking about getting one and refinishing it but, not if it's terrible beyond that.
     
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  8. ziltama

    ziltama Mods, molds, and casts. Also full of hot gas.

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    Sweetmall posted this Kingdom Dinobot set. I'm assuming it won't work in alt mode.
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    I'm 99.9% sure that's Rusticon's designs.

    Edit: that said, I think the bronze armor looks better than gold

    Edit 2: hoping they paid the full patreon tier to sell these....
     
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    Rusticon? is that also Funbie Studios? Log into Facebook
     
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    ye. Rusticon is his name here on tfw2005
     
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    Ooooohhhhh, very creative. Shame it wouldn't work in beast mode.

    Where is that Blackarachnia scepter anyway? It should be much easier to do.
     
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    So, according to @rusticon it's not an authorized listing
     
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    ok, good. thanks for looking into it!
     
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    Hi folks , just chanced upon this thread from the mention.

    Just to clarify, that eBay listing is actually unauthorized (daimchoc may have mis-typed that) and has been reported. Please do not support such theft by making a purchase of it.

    We do not have any authorized China-based merchants, and, accounts based there should more often than not be viewed as a red flag for such matters.

    Thank you all!
     
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    I’ve been debating since Kingdom UM got released if I should get it, but maybe I should seeing your pictures with filler and matrix holder.
     
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    What about the taobao listing? (Which sweetmall is sourcing their kits from)
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    They have it credited to Funbie Studios but are they daigou/reselling your kits or cloning them?
    Edit: Ok after checking out Funbie Studios' website (didn't know they are locals), it seems they only sell the .stl so the Taobao version is definitely them printing and painting it themselves unauthorized. Legality and ethics of this is very grey so I'm removing the link.
     

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    Rhinox mod_211016_172335.jpg Just got my rhinox kingdom, and i think its possible to make an upper jaw with teeth on a spring loaded part, so it can retract in when you close the lower jaw...
     
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  20. ziltama

    ziltama Mods, molds, and casts. Also full of hot gas.

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    Upcoming ZX / MSS kit: Showed earlier version before. Shoulder clips and missile launcher for Kingdom Mirage. Maybe that Maximal Grimlock kit is still on track then.
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    Upcoming Go Better kit: New adjustable cannon and spoilers for Kingdom Red Alert.
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