Minor/Repaint: TR Twinferno wrist articulation

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  1. Massasoit

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    Here's my take on adding a little extra articulation to Twinferno. Basically glued a 8mm ball peg to the end of the arms and snapped the dragon heads on. The tricky part is the pin that holds the lower jaw runs all the way through the wrist, so I had to cut it to fit on the ball joint. I used a small, shallow screw to attach the lower jaw to the head so it can still open and close as normal.

    I actually did this mod before I saw a similar thread from @blastpak which did the ball peg at the elbow instead of the wrist. Mine does offer a little more articulation and posing options, although I probably wouldn't have attempted it at the wrist had I saw that thread first. :)  I figured I would go ahead and post mine as a slightly different alternative although the end result is mostly the same. Anything to get rid of those horrible curling arms.

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  2. j.a.f.o.

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    Oh man, what a difference that makes. Fantastic job!
     
  3. Saito Satoru

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    Elegant. Did you widen the hole so that the screw can go in?
     
  4. blastpak

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    Nice mod, clean and unobtrusive.

    With mine, I wanted to avoid fiddly cutting, which is why I did the elbow. I think it took an hour tops.
    I notice that on yours the ball is pushing out the sides of the dragon head, I tried to avoid that as pegging the guns in on mine caused stress marks.

    As for articulation, I get the same amount as your mod, the difference is between us the location of the ball joint. After seeing your mod, I might put in a wrist joint. Magnets or another ball joint.

    TBH though "if" it was in Hasbro's budget for the toy they could've made the whole arm a series of ball jointed segments.
     
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    Yep, huge improvement!
     
  6. MastaBlasta

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    See hasbro? It all you had to do. Great work, makes this figure %110 better.
     
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    Are there smaller mm balljoints one can find/use? Like if you used a 6mm instead of a 7mm, would it lessen the stress it puts on the dragon jaws?
     
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  8. Massasoit

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    Thanks, all!

    I actually did have to slight widen the 5mm hole that sticks out the side of the dragon mouth that hold weapons. The head of the screw I used (#10, I think?) was a tad too big. The new screw head prevents him from holding weapons anymore, but he's got freaking dragon hands. He doesn't need weapons. :) 

    I went back and checked, and the ball joints I used were actually 8mm. They were the Big Size Ball Joint Gray from Hobby Base. I will edit the first post. I didn't have a 7mm ball joint, but that might be a better option.
     
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  9. gbm

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    Werd, I just bought a $4 pack from them that has 3mm, 5mm and 6mm ball joints. Can't wait to try this out. Thanks!

    If my math is correct, the 5mm should work perfectly, with 6mm being an even tighter fit. The space currently between the two white parts of the jaw measures 1/2cm ....which converts to 5mm exactly.
     
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  10. blastpak

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    You might have to coat the ball in floor polish or super glue to get the tolerance right. That's what I had to do with mine.
     
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  11. Tom_Servo

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    I like this a lot. How did you remove the pins in the wrists? They seem to have heads on both sides.
     
  12. gbm

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    Thanks for the inspiration man.

    I just completed mine this weekend with a set of ball joints from Hobby Base.

    I wound up using both the ball and the socket in order to fill in the space of the dragon heads. Ultimately I wound up gluing them in place, so now just the ball swivels inside the socked, which is also inside the dragon heads.

    Works 100% perfectly as if it was designed that way from the get go.

    Thanks again!
     
  13. Joeyz1231

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    Where did you get them from, if I may ask? My local hobby store doesn't carry those & ebay pricings are, well, ebay pricings
     
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    Judging by the picture, it looks like he's using the big balljoint set.
    Big Size Ball Joint Gray
     
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    Thanks, can't wait to mod this figure
     
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    Very nice !

    Did you also give the head a slight wash ?