ISSUE 31

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“In this issue, you will join together the pelvis and torso parts so far assembled.”

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Lower Torso Supports are metal and the other parts are plastic.

Magazine

  • Tom Banachek: Head of the Advanced Research Division, Sector Seven
  • Allspark: The Spark of Life
  • Laserbeak: Flying Phantom
  • Autobots Series 6: Good Things Come in Small Packages
  • Step-by-Step Assembly Instructions

Build


Pelvis (8) and Torso (5)

Step 31-1

Retrieve your Left Side of the Pelvis assembly from the previous stage. Fit the keyed post of a Lower Torso Support through this matching hole of the Pelvis, as shown.

Both Torso Supports are the same, so either can be used here:

Slide a Spring Washer (31I) and a flat Washer (31H) over the threads of a Hexagonal Screw, as shown:

Secure the Torso Support to the Pelvis assembly using this Screw/Washers combination.

As this will be the pivot point for the leg-hip junction, the tighter the Screw is, the stiffer the joint will be. I typically make these joints very stiff:

Step 31-2

Retrieve your Right Side of the Pelvis assembly from the previous stage. As before, fit the keyed post of the second Lower Torso Support through this matching hole of the Pelvis as shown:

As before, slide a Spring Washer and a flat Washer over the threads of another Hexagonal Screw. Use this Screw/Washers combination to secure the Torso Support to the Pelvis assembly:

Step 31-3

Fit these Left Side and Right Side assemblies together, aligning the posts and screw holes as shown:

Secure these components together with four (4) IM screws.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Step 31-4

Retrieve your Rear of the Torso assembly from Issue 27. Fit the four posts of the square Upper Fixed Connection Bracket A to this location on the Rear Torso, as shown:

Secure the Bracket to the Torso with four (4) IP screws:

Step 31-5

Press the pin of the Left Torso Detail B and Right Torso Detail B into these matching holes of the Front of Torso.

The Right Torso Detail A and Right Torso Detail B are not the same. Note the differences in the curved edges below:

Knowing this, fit these Details B to the Front Torso as shown:

Next, press the D-shaped pin of the Left Torso Detail A and Right Torso Detail A into these matching holes of the Front of Torso.

These Details A are also not the same. When fitted, they should angle down and away from the Torso, as shown:

Step 31-6

Retrieve your Central Part of Torso assembly from the previous issue. Fit the Front of Torso to this assembly as shown, aligning the posts to the matching screw holes:

Secure the lower pin of these parts together from the inside with one (1) KP screw in the lower hole:

Step 31-7

Retrieve your Upper Fixed Connection assembly from Issue 28. Fit the large hole of the square mounting section onto this large pin of the Central Part of Torso, as shown.

To orient this properly, note how the screw holes in the Fixed Connection are facing away from the Torso. On my model, this was a very tight fit:

In the same way as before, slide a Spring Washer (31I) and a flat Washer (31H) over the threads of a VP screw. Use this Screw/Washers combination to secure the Fixed Connection to the Central Torso post.

This Fixed Connection acts as the ‘shoulders’ of our model. The tighter this screw, the stiffer the pivot point will be:

Step 31-8

Fit this Central Part of Torso assembly to the Rear of Torso assembly, aligning the posts to the matching screw holes as shown:

Secure these assemblies together from the rear with six (6) KP screws:

Thoughts


I love when we are able to bring a bunch of separate components together to create a large unified assembly. Optimus‘ chest looks great!

Next Up


 Issue 32 – Lower Torso Supports, Lumbar Plates, Pelvis Details, Torso Details

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