Step 3: Where to cut on the main stinger piece
You may have noticed by now that the stinger wasn’t molded to fit the way we want it to. Sorry kids, just turning it around and putting the pin back in isn’t going to cut it, so instead we’ll cut on Bumblebee…
Here’s how it looks at first, and a second picture showing what we’re going to remove.
If you have a dremel, a sharkticon, or are feeling adventurous, you can just cut out that junk in a single step. I tried that with the razor blade on a spare stinger and it took longer than the three part method I’m about to describe.
First, cut off two triangles from the sides. That requires two cuts on each side, both perpendicular to each other. That essentially will chop off the triangle. Easier to see than read, so here’s a couple of pictures:
You’ll notice from the second picture that you can use the bit with the hinge-hole as a guide to keep your cut straight. The other cut is even with the edge of the painted gray.
At first I thought that would be all the cutting required for this piece, as the stinger just needs to lay flat against his forearm when folded over. However, there’s an excess of plastic on the bit with the hinge-hole (Why do I feel dirty typing that?) that needs to be trimmed off.
It’s basically connecting the dots between the two triangles. Hence the possibility of just cutting off a single piece for all of it.
I don’t have a photo of this step, so, uh, here’s a quick photoshop of the completed stinger piece…
Why hey, that looks just like the one with the red triangle, but with the background filled in over the red. Behold, my laziness ingenuity.
After that, you’re done with this part of the stinger and can attach it to your Bumblebee. If you do, just make sure it’s positioned so the stinger piece will be over his hand, instead of angling out towards the middle.
Repeat this step for the other stinger and you’ll be ready to follow along tomorrow in Step 4.