Next up in the ultimate Ravage tail mod…
Step 3, Bob Tail!
Next you need to cut each usable section of the tail apart from the others. A usable section is just the ordinary parts, not the bits with joints already.
Now, here’s where I would traditionally have told about how I used a razor blade to get all choppy choppy on the tail. However, I took Bosch’s advice and grabbed a flush cutter from the craft section of Walmart. Look around where they have the beads and jewelry making supplies and you’ll find a pair.
Keep in mind, these aren’t just wire cutters. The key thing to look for is a pair of cutters with a flat edge on the bottom of the blades. Most cutters are angled on both sides, so the blades come together and look like ><. The ones you should get are like \ /.
The blades if used by themselves will not just cut the plastic, though. They’re designed to cut on the bottom and lift the excess up and away from the cut on the other side. If you press the flat edges (the bottom part of the blades) against the flat back part of each section, cut, and then cut around the remaining, it’s going to actually leave it with an angled piece on the other part of the section.
Okay, so that sounds really complicated, so on with the pictures.
The red part represents the cutters, how you’ll orient them (the ‘flush’ or flat part of the blades is the right side of the triangle in that picture), and where you’ll make the initial cut. The two sections in the picture have the thin spikes facing up and the wide flat sections at the bottom. You’ll want to put the flat edges of the blades up against that and make your initial cut there. Don’t worry about being too meticulous, because as you cut it’s going to force the other section of the tail up.
In the picture above, the left hand section would be forcibly swiveled upwards. It’s just the way the cutters work (One side cuts, the other side pushes things away from the cut.) and it’s not going to hurt anything.
Once you’ve made your initial cut, one or two more cuts and the pieces should be separated. Then just do that for all the other non-jointed sections for the tail.
Now, why is it that we don’t care about the way the cutters push the other piece away? Well, since we’ve got the flat edge up against the flat part of the cutter, that’s going to stay fine and the other part is going to come off as angled, almost rounded in places. That’s good for Ravage, because it gives his tail joints room to move!
Before we move on though, we need to discuss what’s happening with the non-standard pieces. By now you should’ve chopped off all the parts that look like the ones in the picture above. In the middle of the tail, you’ll find a section of specialized pieces.
Here’s a picture!
You’ll notice on the far left there’s a section colored pink. The part that it is attached to is a standard part except for the pink area, so chop that part off an use it as a standard piece for the new tail.
Next is the two piece section with the hinge joint. It’s colored red to indicate you can chop it off and throw it away.
To the right of that is a two piece swivel joint that consists of a usable standard piece with a plug on the tip and a mostly hollow piece that forms the bulk of the swivel joint. Cut off the plug from the standard piece and then cut away the mostly hollow piece. You can throw both the plug and the hollow piece away. (You might think you can use the hollow piece later, but it’s not going to work very well for our purpose. Try it if you like.)
After that, the only non-standard parts left are the base of the tail and the tip. They’ll be dealt with in depth during step 5, but for now just cut the standard sections of tail away from them using the same method used for all the other pieces.
Here’s a couple of pictures to illustrate!
The tip of the tail has an extra section that needs cut off, similar to the piece in the previous picture. Just cut off the pink section and throw it away, then cut along the red line to separate the specialized tip piece from the standard tail section.
Next, separate the base of the tail from the standard tail section. Just cut along the red line in the picture, same as you would for a regular tail piece. For illustrative purposes, that picture shows the tail still attached to Ravage, but you took care of that in the previous step.
What you should have left are several regular pieces and two specialized pieces (one with a ball joint where the barbed tip is attached, and one with a pin that forms the base of the tail.)
Not only were the flush cutters much quicker and easier than using a razor blade for this, but their method actually facilitated part of the mod. Thanks again, Bosch!
If you don’t use a second Ravage, then his tail will be about three sections shorter. This isn’t much of a difference, and again you can add more sections later if you do get another Ravage.
Come back tomorrow for Part 5 and Step 4 of Ravage- Chasing Tail!