Last night i began work on the contemptor dreadnought.
I was (and still somewhat are) unsure about a pose for him so i thought, to maximise the options i would make some modifications to the model to make posing him easier..
Firstly i magnetised the arms so i can change them later on if i wish, as well as change the angle.
I started by getting the 'forearm' joint from the assault cannon pack and drilling out the main section of it, which attaches to the shoulder joint of the contemptor:
Then i polished it up so the magnet would fit flush to the origional face of the joint and glued it in, ensuring glue was on the sides as well as base of the forearm joint for added strength. Heres a comparison of the origional to the magnetised:
Finally, i got the shoulder joint and simply glued a magnet into the recess. this would make the arm slightly longer than origional however it maintains the structural integrity of the shoulder joint, i was very generous with the glue when attaching it however if it disconnexts i may need to green stuff it in in future. (note care was taken to ensure the magnet was centralised in the recess so the arm doesnt look disjointed):
Next i decided to see if it would be possible to make the shoulder joint flexible to move on a pinned rod behind it, and it was.
so step 1 was to drill a hole in the back of the shoulder joint like so:
Next step i cut a piece of paper clip a bit longer than the width of the shoulder joint and fed it through like so:
Next i drilled two holes in the shoulder piece in the basic area where i hypothesised the pins to connect through, note the angle is pretty awkward but the pins dont need to go too deep so it shouldnt matter too much.
Furthermore i added 'tracks' for the pins to slide into their housings like so:
Then using a bit of elbow grease i forced the shoulder joint into the position (due to the resin being softer than plastic it goes in quite easily)
heres some after shots of it extended and retracted:
heres the final arm with the magnetised arms and hinges:
Hopefully i can keep up this amount of work and photos