Minor/Repaint: SS-38 Optimus Mod Compilation (Pic Heavy)

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  1. SideSwipe154

    SideSwipe154 Not a Decepticon

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    Hi guys, back again with some more mods I've made to my SS-38 Optimus that I feel like anyone can do. These are tiny but substantial mods that, I think, significantly help the figure become more screen accurate and fun. These are the things I've done:
    1. Shoulder Wings
    2. More Neck movement/Head Placement
    3. Secure Angled Chest
    4. Inner Elbow guard
    5. Enlarged Thighs
    6. Shin guards
    7. Ankle Freedom
    8. Pointed "Toes"
    9. Extended Rifle
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    All very small mods but when all applied, I feel like a makes a world of a difference. I know the paint isn't the cleanest but tried to make do with what I had. Everything after this point is how and why I decided to make these changes, most of which was made by cutting plastic gift cards (essentially in place of styrene/plastic plates) into the correct shape. So, sorry the post ended up being so long. :D 

    I've posted my shoulder mod on a different post, and all i did since then was add the white stripe. If you're interested in that post, you can fine that here : Minor/Repaint: - Studio Series-38 Optimus Prime Shoulder Mod

    I cut a sliver of plastic card and glued it on the bottom placement of where the head sits. It allows the head to sit just a bit higher and makes for a more angular look. It is still able to "snap" into place, so I wouldn't recommend using anything thicker than a single layer. I shaved down the back/bottom of the head as well as the cylinder-shape at the bottom-back of his head for more head movement. Honestly, him being able to look in all directions is a game changer, as opposed to the practically side-to-side movement as packaged.
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    I'm sure, like a lot of people who have SS-38, I like to keep the chest windows un-tabbed to make for a more angular chest. However in doing so, they just kind sit there and can wobble at times when you press on it. A small fix as simple as sanding down the corners of the gray middle pieces allow for the windows to sit more firmly on his body. Not much of a change, but I'm definitely never going to tab those windows into place now.
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    The inner elbow pieces were the most difficult mod to work with because of how small they where. idk what they're actually called, so im just gonna call them inner arm guards. It's just barely thin enough to not mess with the articulation, which I am grateful it even has room for, and finally lets you have those accurate (I cut them into the shape as best I could) inner elbow guards.

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    As we all know, the bots and cons from the Knightverse are THIKKUM BOIS. So with that, I wanted to give Optimus the leg day looks he deserved. Pretty straight forward, I cut out the shape on the plastic cards and glued them into place. The silver really makes the thighs pop out, which is something that I think is lacking on the original mold. It makes much more of a difference than you'd initially think.
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    The shin guards were the most unnecessary mod, in my opinion. Yeah, it is more accurate to his CGI movie render, but honestly, the original mold looked great and didn't bother me enough to make feel like this was absolutely needed. Regardless, I was going for accuracy, so i did it anyway.
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    After looking all over the forums and the threads seeing if anyone else had done similar mods on this guy, I found that a lot of people hated that stupid ankle tab. If you have SS-38, you know what tab I'm talking about. One movement too far and the whole damn leg untabs. Thankfully, there is a clean mod to fix this, and I don't recommend cutting off the tab. I have @Hexatron to thank for this mod.
    -https://bit.ly/2YnjF24

    The missing pointed toes were the thing that bothered me MOST about SS-38. His feet looked terrible. I don't blame Hasbro for being given outdated concept art but this was the most necessary fix for me. I didn't want to cut the whole damn thing off so I just added an extended piece and I think it works really well. There were a lot of trial and error with this so I'm kinda proud with how it came out. a well cut flat piece of plastic and some super glue did the trick just fine. I recommend trying out with some paper to get the right shape first.
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    And now at the last mod I have as of now. Not much to say, I cut some more plastic bits in a "cool lookin shape" whatever that means, and glued them into place. I originally used the tube of an empty pen for the tip of the barrel of the gun, but it kept falling off. I eventually used a cylinder lego piece (not pictured but you get the jist), glued it on, and melted the parts that attached to the gun for reassurance. Gotta say, the extended rifle was not something I thought it needed so much.

    Yay! We've made it to the end! I really am sorry that this post is so long, and if you have any questions feel free to ask! I wanted to share this with anybody who wanted to "fix up" their SS-38 without really harming the figure.

    Bonus Round: Photos my girlfriend took of Optimus. :hearteyes:
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  2. snokoan

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    What plastic did you get to do the pointed toes I tried using the foc deluxe optimus toes but i cant get them to cut.
     
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    You fixed so many of the minor things that bugged me about this Op. Great job! :thumb 
     
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  4. SideSwipe154

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    I used (specifically) a Wendy's gift card. I used a pair of ordinary scissors so hopefully it won't be too hard to work with :) 

    Haha Thank you! I know that this BB Optimus comes with a lot of flaws but I still really enjoy it. Hopefully they'll redo it more accurately in the future :D 
     
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    Nice! Did you use any of the OSKO figures (of this mold) for inspiration?
     
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    How do the mods effect the transformation?
     
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    SideSwipe154 Not a Decepticon

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    I think, if anything, I looked at and referenced the Yolopark figure to get the details down. I do however hope to someday get some articulated hands for this scale much like the Weijiang Optimus does to really bring it all together. Looking at it now, it would have been a great way to compare what SS-38 would look like pre vs post mod. xD

    The mods do not hinder anything in the transformation whatsoever if done right. If I wasn't careful, the toe would snap off if it hit the pin joint on the back of the knee. I shaved it down just a smidge so that wouldn't happen and the two don't make contact. I also generously superglued the toes in place to hold stronger. Also, (if this counts) extending the rifle no longer allows it to be stored in between the legs in truck mode, but that's honestly fine with me. It can still peg into the trailer hitch.


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    SideSwipe154 Not a Decepticon

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    Speaking of Yolopark, Thanks to them for releasing what the the Matrix of Leadership looks like in the Knightverse. I made a "homemade-sticker" and slapped it on him. :) 
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    I realize this post has not been updated for a while. But I reckoned this might be a place to ask about this. Is there a particular shapeways set of hands that would work for SS-38?

    The SS-38 is definitely one I'm going to apply some paint and dry brushing to touch up. Dexterous hands would be a nice touch.
     
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    I've been waiting for someone to ask this too I can honestly see him benefiting from those i know that someone on Instagram told everyone about the articulation hands he had on his
     
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    I saw that Instagram post. But it appears not to have been updated for some time, and no path to order those particular hands. The SS-38 hands seem to have a mushroom-like peg. There are many different articulated hands on Shapeways, for instance. But I wonder if anyone has tried any of them in particular.
     
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