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  1. Finally picked up animated Soundwave. Ratchet just needs a real pair of sticks and a kit and these boys will be ready to rock.
  2. "When Universes Collide" Classics Mirage: 'You know the real Prowl would never be caught dead dancing!' Animated Prowl: 'Well then... take your best shot.' Classics Mirage: 'Can't believe I missed that chin!? Thing's huge!' Animated Prowl: 'Enough backtalk from you or you don't get a free ride!' FIN So, has anyone done any stop motion with the animated figures yet? Should be able to do some fun stuff with them.
  3. Prowl taking Black Arachnia for a spin.
  4. Any tips for cutting hard, clear plastic without cracking it?
  5. I started typing my reply thinking you were talking about battle ravage, not the new Jaguar. So, my original suggestion of newspaper and painters tape may not be the best. Still the safest best is to mask off as best you can what you don't want painted, wait for it to dry then do the reverse. Also, I've had some good results using silly putty to mask off abnormal shaped areas. But I've only used it on small spots (headlights) so far.
  6. Depending upon the body style and details, you may be able to modify the body of the alt to what you want. ) an alt swindle would be your best bet.) If that isn't possible, a complete reshell may be the only remedy. On a side note, I agree with FG: reshells are NOT for beginners, at least, not alone. If you decide to undertake this Koolbeans, take it SLOW and ask for help at every step. The close tolerances, body parts strength problems, along with structural integrity issues of parts after removing original body panels and transform conflict issues can complicate matters greatly. Now that I'm back, I'm planning on doing a section here specifically for reshells. It's been something that I've had to wrestle with on Hunter Rose's two projects that he entrusted to me (YES, they are STILL in progress! That's how hard it can get!!!), and I've learned quite a bit. I was planning to shell an alt swindle with a liberty, but I haven't been able to find any 1:24 scale models anywhere. Only liberty model I've seen online is a 1:43. Anyone know if any company actually makes one alt-scale? Looking forward to your reshell guide Wraith.
  7. While I'm no expert on the subject, a bit of isopropyl alcohol on a q-tip seems to work pretty well. Used it to take the paint off the legs of an alt side swipe. Only problem I've noticed is streaks left on the plastic. But that shouldn't be a problem if you painting over it again.
  8. 4) Glued parts? Not really to my knowledge, although that would largely depend upon the alternator in question. I would try working the part free before using any strong chemical removers. If that fails, start with good ol' rubbing alcohol, and work from there. (4) I know for a fact that the Acura RSX (Prowl) has its dash glued together in a very painful way, as well as the seats to the floor of the car. I know that the Ford GT's (Mirage) seats are also glued (the factory glue leaked all over the place, and glued the chest panel hinges...) And the specifics: (1) I wouldn't worry about it. Hell, I didn't do it when I took apart the Corvette. :thumb (2) I think there's a screw somewhere, hidden from view. But I didn't need to take apart the dash for my repaint back then, so I didn't bother with it... Looks like I won't need to take ravage apart. I do need to work on my pin removal technique tho. Only got that long windshield pin to move a millimeter. Also ran into glue taking off BT Dead Ends head. Still, popped apart pretty easy. Bit of a seam now with just the screw holding it together.
  9. I think I went and bought too many Alts. :D Not even sure where I want to start... Thinking about trying to make the RAM grill spin around in bot mode. Like the piece that's joins the roof on skids, but half the size. Would this even work? Cutting that piece that joins the grill to hood in half. Drill a hole in one half. Cut that half in half lengthwise. Dremel out a little grove at the bottom of the drill hole in both. Hammer a finishing into the 1st half. Glue the 2 quarters together over the finishing nail. A pretty crude diagram is attached. (Hopefully my kitbashes won't be anywhere near that bad. :P) Also, how likely is it that an alt came with the wrong size neck ball joint? My nemesis' head is so loose you can just flick it, and it will spin clean around. Put a ton of nail polish in the socket, but it still spins really easy. Now it just won't tilt. Guess that saves me from trying to figure how to attach that neck to the vette. I think I'll just sand it down. Didn't realize there was such a range of head size. Just planning my head swaps is going to be a bit of a project. Thanks for the replies guys
  10. Hello experts. Another complete noob here. I don't actually have any model building experience, so hopefully I don't completly butcher my alts. First a few general questions. 1. My apartment is fairly humid. I that going to cause serious problems for any repaints I attempt? Or are there any additional steps I should take to ensure reasonable results? 2. Scratch and chip repair paint pens from the automotive department: Would the work well on plastic or are they only good for metal? Could they work well for detail painting? But I guess if you tried to do a whole alt with one, it'd end up looking like it was coloured with a marker. 3. Any suggestions for determining if another car body will fit over an alt for a reshell? 4. Are there many gued parts on most alts. Any tips for removing old, dried glue, before regluing the parts? And a couple of specific questions. 1. Should I even worry about regluing the corvette exhasut pipes under the chest? Seems like it'll hold ok if I just jam it back in. Maybe add a bit of clear nail polish to the pegs. 2. What's holding the corvette dashboard in place? Is there another screw under the windshield flap? 3. Should I keep asking specific questions in this thread? Or make a new one and leave this for more general inquiries? Thanks for all the great info in this thread. I wouldn't even be attempting a bash if this wasn't here.
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