Masterpiece V2 Starscream Coming!

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  1. 4249david

    4249david Autobot's chief customs agent, apparently...

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    I'm pissed because my ankles are good, the wings are all good, so I just need a new left arm :mad: 

    I take it nobody reckons it's salvageable? @BrutiKing or @Jarrod ?
     
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    Normally I would use and recommend his videos for anyone needing help for transformation, but in this case he seemed to rush it and several of the movements look like they could cause a break. Or they are just making things more complicated. For example he doesn’t get everything out of the way on the wings before rotating the nose. PrimeVsPrime broke his copy during transformation so I wouldn’t use his example either. I also recommend tabbing the main wings into the back before inserting the blue tail fins inside the wings. Also when I tab the main wings into the back, I keep the wings sticking straight out from the back. This provides a stronger structure to push with. But you may not need to do this if your tabs go in easily. Mine are quite tight so it requires quite a bit of force on the wings.
     
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  3. Shin Densetsu

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    What puzzles me is that those blue forearm pieces feel tough. The only fix I can think of is using some kind of super glue. However I’m not sure if removing the hand, gluing the cracked pieces, then reinserting the hand if the glue dries, will recrack the piece.

    It does look like the hand peg on yours does have excess flash, not sure if that added tightness to the socket and contributed to the breakage. Trimming that excess flash might help in reinserting the hand and taking tension off of the socket(should you glue the cracked pieces back on)

    Does anyone know what paint was used on MP-52? The forearms are molded in blue plastic but also painted blue on the outside. I’m thinking if it was enamel and the surface wasn’t treated properly before painting, that could be what’s breaking the plastic through chemical reaction. Just a theory. If it was acrylic it wouldn’t be an issue.
     
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    Just a late post and can't seem to find the OG poster.

    This concerns the "sandwiching" of the blue stabilizers to the back wings.

    Iirc, it was mentioned that instead of folding the flap closest to his shoulder intakes under the stabilizers to over it, won't doing the latter increase the stress on the aforementioned peg hole that is said to be prone to cracking out of the box?

    Though doing so cosmetically hides the blue on the top side it well, causes potential stress on the peg that holds the blue stabilizer.

    And a heads up, the inner intakes paint is kind of thin. so be careful mounting it to his shoulders if you finger nails are sharp. I scratched both:cry  though the paint sort of chipped off not instantly.:banghead: 
     
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    How is it done (a nice to know moment), the treatment of the plastic? Heating or chemical ways? I'm more of a "civilian"/noob when it comes to modeling techniques.
     
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    I think most MP figures use some form of synthetic lacquer/acrylic. Alcohol removes it quite easily. If it was enamel it would require some sort of thinner to remove and probably mess up the plastic in the process.
     
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  7. jackisking

    jackisking Yeah, the MP line is soooo dead

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    well flash,would explain why the arm doesnt completely close for some people with the hand extended out.
     
  8. Shin Densetsu

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    To me, that could explain the cracks on Hound(IIRC most, if not all, were on painted pieces) and the cracks on MP-52(save for the ankle joints which I think aren’t painted).
     
  9. jackisking

    jackisking Yeah, the MP line is soooo dead

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    Honestly Hound's plastic felt unique for lack of a better word compared to the later releases. Not much of a fan of the plastic used for 45,46, and 47, maybe they were designing it to be lighweight but feel really flimsy in comparison to other releases. It should have felt more like Tigatron who also has a matte finish.
     
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    I am only buying Skywarp.
    If the quality remains the same on Thundercracker, I will simply cancel my order.
    So much more valuable and cool stuff to collect out there anyway!
     
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    One of my Starscreams has a crack on the tail fin hinge, but as my display copy it's not really going to have much chance of getting worse. Still, I have some apoxy to apply to it and will get around to it at some point. Each has a stress mark on the ankle part others are having trouble with, but I've man-handled (ish) them for a bit and it's gotten no worse than what is thankfully not that bad to begin with. LOVE this mould though and am looking forward to my 2x each of the other two seekers coming in (hopefully with these issues sortid out) because they're going to look great on my shelf not taking up as much space as the MP-11s...
     
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    Man there is nothing cooler than the Masterpiece line :cool: 
     
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  13. Shin Densetsu

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    I think primer paint has to be applied 1st, not entirely sure
     
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    So paint. I thought like some treatment on the plastic itself (chemicals etc). Thanks!
     
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    guarayakha Guara-guara-booyakha~!

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    Lover's quarrel
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    Oof, gotta say, I don't like that this particular issue is popping up more often. This type of break looks suspiciously like Hound's breakages to me. But without seeing it in hand, it's hard to say.

    If you're comfortable, I'd say try gluing it first. But, ultimately, for that kind of break, I'd probably return it. If AJ is completely out of stock for a return, occasionally they have given out gift cards to make up the difference when buying from another seller, as long as it's shipped my them.

    Additionally, if they agree to that, you could even order the new one first, and swap parts between the two, should the second one have any issues.
     
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    4249david Autobot's chief customs agent, apparently...

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    Cheers buddy. Any particular thoughts on type of glue?
     
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    I'd go with some super glue. It seems to work the best on Hound's cracks.
     
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    4249david Autobot's chief customs agent, apparently...

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    I'll give it a go and report back. Need to move quickly on it so that I've got time to organise returning it, especially if I want to try to swap it out for parts
     
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    This arms panels get a ton of stress put on them if you are not careful while transformation. They bend and flex due to how thin they are and how they open.