I kind of wanted to call this guide, Fansproject Stunticons – Fix ’em if you got ’em, because really, if you got ’em, they need fixin’. But I’m also trying to be more specific with the titles for friendly interweb searching.
If you have them, you probably already know what I’m talking about. Transforming them makes you feel like you’re breaking them.
Fansproject has done a great job with these two. Really, they have. They’re not deluxe size, but they are bigger than scouts, and I’m a fan of smaller TFs. They’ve got great articulation, and that with the excellent robot sculpts mean FP Car Crash and FP T-Bone are just begging to be put in dynamic action poses.
And who doesn’t like sexy race cars?
“What, no Sunstreaker joke?”
Shh! Breakdown is so paranoid about that, he snuck in under an assumed name.
“Oh, so that’s why…”
Even Wildrider removed his iconic G1 ear spikes.
“Okay, I’ll bite.”
They could be used as handles.
Not yet. Gotta give it some time for that thought to filter out or you’ll have nightmares.
So back on topic, Fansproject Car Crash and T-Bone are good, except transforming them feels like they’re going to break. That may sound scary to those of you that don’t have them, but it’s even worse for those of you that own them. $60 Transform, er, rather, $60 converting robots shouldn’t have any darn problems, especially from a company as reputable as Fansproject.
Well, reputable being a relative term if you consider that whole 3rd party thing… But lets not get into that.
Point is, there’s an easy fix!
It will take you less than a minute to do if you’ve got a pair of flush cutters.
Somewhere, someone will read those words and have their butt pucker tighter than DP when he has that ‘the ole banana in the tailpipe’ dream that he’s going to have when he goes to sleep tonight.
Yes, it’s cutting the plastic on your high end adult collectable not-Stunticons.
No, it’s not something drastic or even difficult to do.
Just hear me out, okay?
Both FP Car Crash and FP T-Bone share a basic transformation scheme. Even if they actually only share a few of the same molded parts, they still share a basic style.
That means both of them have lower legs that consist of two main parts, an outer car shell and an inner structure that allows the upper leg and knee to fold down into the car shell for alt mode.
For robot mode, the car shell of the lower leg has a pair of pegs that plug into holes on each side of the knee. If you look closely, you can see one of those pegs on FP T-Bone in the above picture, just below the two screws on the red section of the top of the leg.
That may sound complicated, but don’t worry, there will be more pictures.
So two pegs on the shell go into the sides of the knee, and that keeps the upper leg lined up correctly.
With me so far?
The problem is actually those pegs. They’re too long.
They plug into the knee securely, but since they’re too long it makes it hard to actually get them into and out of the knee.
And by ‘hard’, I mean you have to bow the plastic at the base of the peg, just to make enough clearance for plugging and unplugging the peg.
That’s not exaggerating.
If you’ve been following along, you probably already know the solution is just to trim the pegs. But how much to trim? Each peg or only certain ones? Should you accidentally cut yourself, or buy those kevlar gloves?
Fear not, dear reader. I’ve already taken the chance on trimming my high end adult collectable not-Stunticons, so you have some footsteps to follow in.
And remember how I said that FP Car Crash and FP T-Bone share the same basic style, but they only share a few of the same molded parts?
If you said no, stop skimming and start reading.
But yeah, most of their parts are different. Because of that, the what to trim on each one is actually a bit different. Still easy, but different.
Both require you get a pair of flush cutters. You could just use a sharp blade, but flush cutters are so much easier. You’ve been warned!
Fansproject Car Crash Leg Mod Knee Fix
For FP Car Crash, you just have to trim one of the pegs.
One is a white peg. One is a blue peg.
Trim the white peg. Do not trim the blue peg.
(The rest of the pictures for this mod guide have the details magnified and sharpened. Don’t worry, the plastic on the actual Fansproject Stunticons is good quality and looks great.)
Does my explanation from earlier make more sense now? Those pegs plug into holes on the sides of the knee when the upper leg folds up into place for robot mode.
How much do you trim that white peg?
Well… Part of going out and doing these mod guides means being the first to do things, which means taking chances, and sometimes that means screwing up.
And I screwed up.
Wait! Don’t click away just yet. The thing is, IT DIDN’T MATTER.
See, I trimmed the white pegs too much, and now they are so short they just barely touch the knee, and don’t peg into it at all.
But that’s okay, because the blue peg is all that’s actually needed. It plugs in tightly to the knee, but it’s short enough already that no plastic warping is needed to transform it.
Do I recommend trimming the peg that much?
No. But if you accidentally do, at least it won’t matter. :)
So what you should do is take a bit to get familiar with the peg and how much you think will need trimmed, then trim off less than that. Transform the leg, then untransform the leg. If needed, trim a little more.
Fansproject T-Bone Leg Mod Knee Fix
FP T-Bone is a bit different. Instead of trimming only one peg, you’re going to trim both pegs, and trim them differently.
One side gets trimmed more, the other just barely.
Okay, so the red in that picture came out orange, but it should be clear which peg is being referred to.
The red peg is the one that needs trimmed more, so start with it. Take a look at it, get a feel for how much you think will need trimmed, and trim a bit less than that. Transform it, then untransform it, and trim it more if necessary.
BUT WHAT IF YOU TRIM TOO MUCH?
Don’t worry! Even if you trim this particular peg too much, it’ll be okay. Just like FP Car Crash’s white peg, the red peg is not really needed.
But again, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
So after you’ve trimmed the red peg, there’s that gray one on the other side. It’s a bit tricky, because it’s just barely big enough to still make it annoying to transform Fansproject T-Bone.
If you’re comfortable with that on yours, feel free to stop modding it right there.
If not, you need to just barely trim off a tiny sliver of plastic from the gray peg.
Just like with all the other pegs, take a moment to get familiar with it, and make a conservative estimate on how much you think needs cut. We’ve saved this step for last, and you’ve had practice doing this on four other pegs by now.
You can do this.
For this step, I used a sharp blade instead of the flush cutters, just because it can give you more control when cutting a small sliver.
Take your time. Going slowly and doing a small amount is the key for this step.
And like I said, this step is potentially optional. See how yours is, and you may not be bothered enough to do it. Even if you skip trimming the gray peg, doing the rest of the steps in this guide will make your FP Stunticons so much better.
A couple of nice users over at TFW, OptionZero and David Hingtgen, have said that the red tab on their T-Bone was less of a problem than the gray tab, which needed more than a sliver shaved off.
That wasn’t the case on mine, but it’s something to be aware of. So just check yours, go slowly, and be careful. :)
And that’s it for this mod guide on how to fix the first two FP Stunticons.
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