The TFC Toys Hercules Megathread

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by Tekmen, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. MrUniqZ

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    Which predaking is this again. I was contemplating Herc. I really like the Takara one I have but ultimately I’m of the uniform combiner size religion
     
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    How to bring down his visor?
     
  4. Fretburn

    Fretburn We need Instrument TFs

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    That port will loosen with use; rapidly. Just be sure to gently rotate as you're attaching/detaching the arms.
     
  5. JoeScibelli

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    I just got my Perseus and attached the included Rage parts on the shoulder joints. I ABSOLUTELY cannot get the one on Bonecrusher off, it's way too tight. Does anyone have a way of getting it off safely? I really don't want to ruin this set.
     
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  7. Maverick Hunter Christian

    Maverick Hunter Christian Choke on that, causality!

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    All I can say is I wish you luck. Couple years back I got the rage set and attached it to Hercules. When the time came to disassemble him again, I ran into the same problem you did. Bone rusher absolutely could not pull apart from Hook.

    So, after a lot of scratching my head and gentle prying, I did the idiot thing and pulled as hard as I could. The two toys came apart. But the rage shoulder connector pulled Hook's combiner peg clear out of the toy, shearing away the plastic post it was mounted to inside his body.

    To this day that connector port is still lodged in the rage shoulder connector. Hook wasn't destroyed but he'd never be able to combine again. Even if I could get him repaired, I doubt the fixed connector would sustain another attempt at combining.

    I picked up a replacement Dr. Crank from BBTS when they had them on sale for 40 a piece. If I ever put Hercules together again, it won't be with the rage parts.
     
  8. MrUniqZ

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    I used shock oil. That will help you, the rage kit isn’t exactly molded the best oiling those joints was the only way I could make the kit work.
     
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    Thanks for all the help, I just got it off by dipping the connection in some scalding hot water to heat up the socket. That brings me to another question, there's a chance some water got into the ratchet (not submerged, but that's where the socket is after all). Has anyone ever gotten some water in on their Hercules and the joints rusted to the point of breaking? I'm a paranoid, so this might be completely unwarranted fear.
     
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    If I recall correctly, those shoulder joint ratchets (and most other joints) don’t have springs so you should be fine
     
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    Use a hair dryer, it's the greatest method to manipulate plastic. I don't know why people risk ruining their figures dipping them in hot water.
     
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  12. JoeScibelli

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    My hairdryer can't reach a heat even nearly as hot as that water can, like I'd probably have burnt myself if I'd dipped my hand in.

    No springs? How do they work?
     
  13. Fretburn

    Fretburn We need Instrument TFs

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    They’re not “ratchets”. Just simple tooth-&-tooth detents. simple plastic pieces that have stops moulded in. Like a cog wheel or gear whose teeth find resistance against another piece of plastic.

    What people call “ratchet” joints are typically more complicated things involving springs to create pressure and tension.
     
  14. JoeScibelli

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    Interesting, I would've assumed a proper ratchet to be on a combiner shoulder
     
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    Fretburn We need Instrument TFs

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    Especially in Long Haul's/Dev's hips. They just destroy themselves with very little use.
     
  16. Hyoumaru

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    The first release in the green box yes, the second release in the silver box doesn't have this issue.

    I'm more concerned over Scrapper's shoulder ratchets. I fixed them with locktight after they shredded themselves once, but its left me afraid to transform him.
     
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    Is this a common problem on all releases?
     
  18. Fretburn

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    Pretty much. These aren’t QC issues; they are inherent to the design and materials used.

    And even the “fixed” Long Haul hips aren’t really fixed; they simply had more grease applied to them.
     
  19. DracoPrimal

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    Herc was my first 3P gestalt... loved it for maybe 2 years but then a LOT of stuff started going wrong with joints. Not full failure anywhere but well on its way. Got it sold in time to help fund purchase of Gravity Builder, and never regretted it.
     
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    Much as I love how Gravity Builder looks, he's just too big for my CHUG collection. Hercules meanwhile is scaled perfectly for it.
     
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