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Articulation Addition Addiction
« on: August 7, 2019, 10:47 PM »
Iíve been fiddling around articulating underarticulated figures lately. 

I cleaned my work bench off to do something and wound up getting distracted with this, which Iíve had in the works but didnít act on.  First was a 5poa First Order Trooper as kind of a proof of concept test figure.  I figured if I butchered him then no real loss. 

   

Next was a little bit of a detour to 1999.  I always liked the sandtrooper from potj and his subsequent clean rereleases.  Plus heís the only way to get a set of macro binocs!  But it always felt a waste to buy a figure for an accessory...  now the figure is usable to me and he turned out quite well except for a hole in his forearm I had to fill (overzealous drilling combined with a kind of thin forearm).

 

Next up was a Rogue One Tanker...  I love these guys and wanted the cheapies to be usable.  I took a little detour with him to give him a removable helmet feature too.  Again super thin forearms make this tough but it worked.  It was def harder than the other two were.  Turns out I donít have pics of him yet.  Guess I forgot. 🤷‍♂️  EDIT: Okay now I have em and added em.




Tanker turned out ok but the oddly colored pants and the fact they are painted and not cast in color, makes for some color issues.  I may repaint the joint but Iím more concerned with the white ring the pants leave once cut and hollowed out.  Heís definitely needing some polish work.

Next up will be a landing crewman because they are a cool new design that just needs beefed up to be poseable.  I suspect trouble on this one due to the thin frame of the limbs, but we shall see.

I got distracted with some car work and a major garage cleaning and tool move this week but Iíll get back to the customs bench eventually.  Still have some work to get done first though.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2019, 10:17 AM by Jeff »
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Re: Articulation Addition Addiction
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2019, 01:36 AM »
Couple more...  Imperial Landing Crew and Director Krennic... who was kind of a dick.





Neither was as smooth as the Stormtrooper.  The arms on Krennic are sort of thinner than I had expected, and the Landing Crew is a particularly thin limbed character.  Both turned out ok though.  Another challenge on the Landing Crew was the knee pads and retaining those over the ball joints.

Maintaining control of the dremel is difficult on a good day.  This kind of stuff without a flexshaft attachment is just that much harder, if not impossible.  As it was I lose control and have some clean up to do if I nick the part Iím working on where I donít want to cut. 🙄  A good desk and lighting are the next keys.  That or my eyes are getting worse than I imagined haha.  Iíve loved the 36LED clip on lamp I got cheap a few years back though.
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Re: Articulation Addition Addiction
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2019, 01:45 AM »
Here's Krennic...  I know, images big, but this is hosted off my twitter feed, so it's just the easy way for me to post this haha.



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Re: Articulation Addition Addiction
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 10:20 AM »
Man, Krennic looks 100 times better with elbows. Wish he'd get the TVC treatment as I don't have time to add SA a la Jesse style.

I know, images big, but this is hosted off my twitter feed, so it's just the easy way for me to post this haha.

Public service announcement - You can use width=xxx to resize images on the JD forums.  :-*

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Re: Articulation Addition Addiction
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2019, 04:12 PM »
No way?  I obviously had no idea we could do that.

Once again Iím techno-dumb, but thanks Jeff. 

The joints are noticeable obviously so itís not gonna be for everyone but the articulation helps me sleep better at night anyway.  No more tossing and turning over nightmares that a 5poa is on my shelf mocking me. 😒

Krennicís knees you can barely see, but the elbows are more obvious.  I couldnít recess them as much as Iíd have liked and the next size down ball joint is significantly smaller and more fragile.
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