Spiderman Techmarine servo arm construction


The first step in getting this guy built was finding just the right material to bulk out the new servo arms.

It took a good bit of hunting and it was actually my Daughter who found the right stuff to use. Turned out to be a long plastic lollipop stick that was hollow. I cut it into small sections (so it would follow the curves of the wire arm smoother) and threaded the bits onto each wire arm.


This guy needed to be pinned everywhere. Partly because he's a delicate build and mostly because I wanted to reinforce as many joints as I could so he would stand up to regular game play and handling.


This picture gives you an idea of the scale or length of the arms. At first, they were way too long, I shortened them up a bit to just under three inches and they loooked much better. I wanted them to look like they fit with the model and it was "believeable."


A quick sculpt of a Raven Guard Chapter symbol on his left shoulder pad finished off his regular arms. That and when I repositioned them, I needed to greenstuff the flex-fitting joints at his shoulders. I also added some more Techmarine cables to make it convincing and blend in with the rest of the model.



When it came time to attach the weapons, I measured the wire for each arm, clipped the weapons off at a point that looked suitable for each one and drilled a small hole in the end of each for the wire to be inserted into.

Once these guys were secure, I threaded the plastic sleeves onto the wire and began the work of attaching them to the backpack.

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Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!

9 comments:

  1. Very nice - good call on using the thin tubing cut up into rings threaded over the wire, not only will it look great, but I'd imagine it'll be a heck of a lot easier than trying to sculpt cables out of greenstuff. Keep up the great work!

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  2. Good use of everyday items with the lolly sticks. I've found just having my son around sometimes helps solve hobby dilemas as kids seem to have a far more lateral way of thinking than us adults! :D

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  3. Another option for the arms is the iron-on beads your daughter might also play with sometime. Then again, if your techmarine is ever near a hot iron ... :-)

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  4. Now where in England can one buy lolipop sticks?

    Hmmm - a two-pipe problem, I think, Watson.

    John

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  5. Mordian 7th: There was no way I could sculpt all that. It needed to be consistent across all the arms and I don't have that ability.

    Elazar: Once I explained what I needed to her, she knew exactly where in the craft store to go.

    Robartes: Thought about them, thought about almost all of those things. The biggest problem was scale. Everything I thought was going to work, turned out to be too big in relation to the model.

    John: We got these from the candy section, we stated looking in the cake decorating aisle though, there's lots of stuff like that in those aisles.

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  6. Modelling, Painting and GamingAugust 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    This is looking superb so far! I can't wait to see the final painted product!!

    Keep it up!

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  7. I actually got his color scheme the other day and he's going to look all business once painted.

    He'll be very tough looking when done.

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  8. Great idea with the lolly sticks, I've used them before for pipes and gun barrels. I wished I had thought of them for a plasma cable I recently made using electrical wire insulation. It was tuff cutting it to standard size without taking it off the wires too.

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  9. Great idea with the lolly sticks, I've used them before for pipes and gun barrels. I wished I had thought of them for a plasma cable I recently made using electrical wire insulation. It was tuff cutting it to standard size without taking it off the wires too.

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