Step 3 – KNEES!
Yeah, yeah, we know. Murder knees, right?
“HOW DID YOU KNOW OF THIS, SQUISHY?”
Hurm… Well, you aren’t exactly hard to predict.
Okay, so let’s get started with-
Now you’re just asking for it.
RAMPAGE KNEE LEG FIX MOD GUIDE TUTORIAL GO!
Substep 1, Unscrew!
If I keep up the titles like this, people are going to think I’m discriminating against Streaker and Norman.
So, do I really need to explain this step in detail? Unscrew all four screws in the lower leg, separating them into two halves, a knee joint (attached to the upper leg), and a spring.
Substep 2, Spring Cleaning!
Throw away both springs pictured below.
Yes, that’s right. Throw them away, or keep them as parts fodder. If you’ve been following along, the previous full step told you how to fix hip articulation at the cost of the springy jackhammer mode, and this gets rid of the last remnants of it.
Sure, he can still look all jackhammered, but he’s not going to sproing around anywhere. Loss of a crappy gimmick to gain lots of articulation? I don’t think Rampage will mind.
Substep 3, Wired!
Next, you should take a look at the leg piece with the peg for the knee joint, and the knee joint itself. Make sure you are well aware of the proper orientation.
Notice the big black tab goes toward the front of the knee. Also, if you put it back together like in the picture you can see that the spring not only made the leg springy, but held it properly in place. Without the spring, the leg can slide around and wiggle. The spring was only secure if you latched it in properly, but that engages the spring. We have to replace the spring with something, and something that’s both thick enough to keep the leg in place but also something that can stay out of the way of leg articulation.
The easiest and most readily available thing to use here would be the twist ties that Rampage comes with!
If you didn’t save them, don’t worry. If you’re even a casual transformer collector you’ll run across them soon enough.
Once you’ve found one, take the tip of the twist tie and kind of make a rough loop and wrap it around the peg sticking through the knee joint of the half assembled leg. Get it as close to a tight shape as you can, clipping off any excess. It shouldn’t sit completely in the joint, but fit snugly next to it.
Get a tight fit for it and then remove it, setting it aside for later.
Substep 4, Glue Again!
Next we’re going to thicken up the actual joint with glue so the leg isn’t so loose. This is the same principle as adding glue to a ball joint to stiffen it up. Here’s another place I can definitely recommend Krazy glue gel over the liquid. Gel goes where you want it to, instead of dripping everywhere, and it’s very easy to apply a thin tube of glue around the edges of something. If you can put toothpaste on a toothbrush, you’ve got plenty of practice for this. :)
First, apply a small amount to the peg on one half of the leg. Just use a very thin layer, as it’s just to bulk it up a bit. Don’t go all the way to the tip, but you can get close.
Apply the glue to the part I’ve colored in green. While that starts to dry, apply some glue to the knee joint around the edges of the hole that the peg goes through.
Again, apply it where the image has been colored in green. Really, it mainly needs to be applied around the edge of the hole, but don’t be afraid to slather it on there.
Next, let it get tacky but not all the way dry. Trial and error with your type of glue will tell you this. With the Krazy glue gel, I let it get a little too hard and when I went to assemble the joint it pushed a ring of dry glue out. Nothing too bad, so I just reapplied the glue and started again. A different type of glue might react differently, but I’ve been using this kind to tighten balljoints and the like for a while, so I’m going to recommend it.
Anyway, let it get tacky but not all the way dry, then put the leg peg through the knee joint and move it around, which coats everything with sticky glue. Let it sit for about a minute and work it around some more. The leg should be stiff, but not glued together. If it feels too lose, let the glue start to set before you move it again.
Before the glue dries completely, lets move on to the next substep.
Substep 5, Assembly!
See, I could’ve said, ‘get screwed!’ but Streaker is probably still recovering from his last encounter with Rampage.
So, before the glue is completely dry, put the wire back on the joint (as illustrated substep 3) and then reassemble the leg by putting the other half back on and screwing it all back together.
Again, make sure the glue is not quite completely dry, but not in the full on bonding stages. Clean off any excess glue before you add the wire, as you don’t want the wire getting glued to anything. It will remain snugly where it’s at, but you don’t want it glued to two different moving parts. I just used the bottom of the tube of glue to scrape some away.
Once you’re sure of this, reassemble the leg.
The knee should still be a little more than tacky, so let it sit, moving it every now and then. Make sure to keep a close eye on it unless you’re very familiar with how you’re glue reacts. Don’t get scared about this! I didn’t know exactly how fast the glue would react, so I just jumped right in but kept a careful watch. As long as you move the parts around, the glue won’t fuse them.
It will, however, create a thickened barrier to tighten the joint.
Once it dries completely, loosen or tighten the knee screw to your liking and work the knee around to get out any excess stiffness.
There you have it! A Rampage with working elbows, working hips, and working knees!
No pictures of this, as you’ve seen pictures of the other parts already and this… Well, his knees can bend without springing out of position. You don’t need a picture to tell you how awesome that is, just have the figure in hand and try to do dynamic poses without the knee mod!
I’d tell you to come back tomorrow for the next part, but I’m probably going to be napping in preparation for the midnight showing of Revenge of the Fallen. So expect the next part of RAMPAGE! on Thursday!