Minor/Repaint: MP-28 Tummy Fix

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by SPLIT LIP, May 9, 2020.

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Should I buy a KO for replacement pipes?

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  1. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Be strong enough to be gentle

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    It might work with Lego pieces if you used bars instead of pins. There's not a ton of room in there but once I put the pics up (I'm at work, sorry) you'll see how the mechanism works. The issue would be finding a piece to allow the bar to slide into that's also capable of rotating. Originally I tried just simple hinges to "accordion" the bumper in, but nothing was strong and small enough to fit.
     
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    SPLIT LIP Be strong enough to be gentle

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    Okay so little late on that tutorial, mostly because the majority of my pics turned out like shit. Luckily it's pretty straightforward and whatever's not shown can be easily explained:

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    These are the pieces I use for the hinge. They're spare connectors and a bit of runner from this 30 Minute Mission add-on, and are small enough to fit in the chest cavity but big enough to be sturdy.

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    I trim off the two unneeded pegs from the plus-sign thing and assemble them in a hammer shape. No glue, everything moves freely.

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    Then we take out those bottom pins the fender pieces hinge on.

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    Kinda hard to see, but I cut out the majority of the "beams" holding the bumper, but left the section with half the pegs that hold the Matrix. These will be used to cradle the "hammer" ends.

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    Removed the leftover hinges from the fenders and most of the bumper.

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    This was a last-minute desperation pic from my first Hot Rod. Shows the runner bit installed and what the final bumper should look like, all smoothed out and free of protrusions so it can safely slide up the chest.

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    Here's a pic of the hinge installed. It's hard to see but it's "resting" in between the edge of the matrix chamber and the tabs that held the Matrix itself, then glued down. The reason I made it hinge up and down is so that the bumper can angle ever so slightly to let the hood rest over it, since otherwise they're on the same "plane."

    And just the pic from the first post as a refresher:

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    So yeah, properly scooped out this allows the bumper to slide nicely up inside the chest. There's already a slant to the chest's inside so no worries about anything getting in the way, it's a perfect fit. (also on my first Hot Rod I supported the hinges with more extra runner, but on my second one I found it unnecessary)

    Hope this is a decent enough tutorial. I didn't care for the Matrix gimmick at all, it looked weird sitting in his gut rather than the chest, so if I fucked up I could always just attach the bumper back with some more runner and not have it retract, but I've done it twice now and it's quite stable. I'm sure there's even better ways of achieving the same result with more cleanliness, but hey it's not visible in either mode so it's good enough for me.
     
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  3. pezley

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    I did exactly that with mine, swapped the chrome from a KO. Was much better

    Excellent work, really changes his profile. Very impressed
     
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    Very nice, gives the figure new life. Where can I get these parts as they are back ordered on the link you posted (HLJ). Thanks.
     
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  5. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Be strong enough to be gentle

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    Pretty much any place that sells Gundam, like Hobbylobby, will carry them, though I don't live in the US so I can't be certain. However backordered items on HLJ can still be ordered as normal, they just might take a few weeks to arrive. They will restock eventually. (HLJ keeps virtually all Bandai models in-stock, or at least available to backorder)
     
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    Recommendation: When transforming into bot mode, fold the front fender sides in AFTER the arms are pegged in, so that the flanks of his chest stick out. It really makes a difference.
     
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    Thanks for sharing this mod! Such a small thing, but it really does make a huge difference. Was thinking about getting a hoodlum and relegating this guy to alt mode, but this has breathed new life into the figure.
     
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    One of these days I'm going to print parts to replicate the needed gundam parts - when I do I will put up the files.
     
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    Here's a start with all the cutting... gluing is next.
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    The cutting was nerve wracking and I made some mistakes. Wish I had given this more thought but coming along fine so far.
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    Holy shit. Just stumbled across this looking to see if anyone made longer/thicker thighs. Such a difference! Will probably look at printing out the parts needed though. Still want to give him bigger legs too to complete the look.
     
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    Really cool modification here, dude!
    I like seeing things from you a lot, man :) 
     
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  13. SPLIT LIP

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    Thank you both! :D 
     
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    Heatwaves I’m going digital. Completely digital.

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    I've been resting this stuff out for chrome repair and this might serve as a better option than buying a whole new hotrod. The cans arent *that* cheap, but you can atleast use it for multiple other projects versus buying and selling a hotrod. I have some pictures of some items i've chromed with good results.
     
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    Completed this mod today. I am a huge mp28 fan and this just sends him over the top for me. Hats off to you for coming up with this solution. I made some minor changes in using screws instead of glue for a sturdier connection/transformation. As I love both modes a lot. IMG_7708.jpeg IMG_7707.jpeg IMG_7710.jpeg
     
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    Luckily I solved the chrome conundrum a little while ago. I bought a Target Master Hot Rodimus which I used for the tutorial, and gave his chrome to my original. I then gave the TM version the faded chrome painted flat silver, which honestly matches the AKOM colour grading they gave him IMO. :D 

    Thank you! Glad my Maverick hack and slash job could be of help!

    That turned out great! The screws should make it even more stable, in fact you’re making me consider booting mine into place…
     
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