Welcome back to part 5 of my guide on how to fix your ROTF deluxe Ratchet! Today’s step is an easy one, not being a mod so much as a better transformation. Still, it’s a simple thing that people overlook and it fixes a very annoying problem with Ratchet.
Before we get started on today’s step, I want to address something that many of you might have a gripe with, but that’s not in the guide.
Ratchet’s hip kibble.
Well, I had thought about fixing it, maybe adding a swivel or a ball joint, but honestly it doesn’t really bother me as bad as I thought it would. Causing it to swivel up is just going to clutter up his already over kibbled back and also get in the way of his arms.
And honestly, I kind of like them.
I would’ve preferred they integrate his legs into parts of the vehicle instead of just having his back and hips form the shell of his alt mode’s rear end, but it could’ve been worse.
Step 4 – Fix Floppy Backpack
The bumper and roof of Ratchet’s vehicle mode folds up to become a backpack. This isn’t too bad, as that’s a traditional place for transformer kibble to go. The problem comes in when it starts to flop down every time he moves.
The fix is pretty simple, and it makes the backpack look more integrated and less like his alt mode’s ass end accordioned up into a square.
All you have to do is fold the tailgate section down to the alt mode position. This causes it to rest against his waist and prop up the backpack.
Here’s a picture, with the official transformation on the left and the better transformation on the right.
It may not seem like much, but if you’ve got a Ratchet, chances are you’ve been annoyed by the floppy backpack and this will completely fix that.
Today’s step was a bit on the easy side, so I’ll take the extra space to address another issue. I’m not making this a step in the guide because my Ratchet doesn’t have the problem (and neither does Luke’s), but apparently it’s widespread.
Bonus Section – ROTF Ratchet Gun Fix
Does your Ratchet’s gun pop off? If it does, it’s more than likely because of spring variances in the gearing of his arm, and you’ve got a stiffer spring than should be.
Not to worry, lots of people have answered this problem already. I’m not sure who originally came up with it, but the solution is just to ‘spring’ the springs a bit. Bend them farther than they should and keep them that way for a while.
The best guide I’ve found on the problem is over at Ozformers. Take a look.
In case that link goes down, it’s just folding up the two automorph pieces and wrapping a twist tie around them so they stay in that position for a few days.
Apart from that? You could probably thicken up the plug for his wrist with some nail polish.
Come back on Monday for a more involved step in Nursing Ratchet Part 6, rotf Ratchet head flap fix!