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“In this issue, you will fit the instep and toes of Optimus Prime’s right foot.”
Materials: The Bridge Inner Structure, both Toes, and the Outer Bridge Frame (R) are metal – the other parts are plastic.
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- Step-by-Step Assembly Instructions
Front of the Right Foot
Fit the large hole of the Upper Bridge Guard Bracket (4A) onto the long post of the Outer Bridge Frame (R) (4K), orienting it and aligning the screw hole in the second post as shown:
Secure the Bracket to the Frame with one (1) BM screw.
This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
On the other side of the Outer Bridge Frame (R), fit the Right Toe (4J) over this post as shown.
NOTE: The Toe parts are incorrectly labelled in the parts list. These are how they should have been described:
Using the correct Right Toe, this fits together as expected:
Fit a Washer onto the threads of one (1) CM screw…
… and secure the Right Toe into place, as shown:
Press a Toe Cup (4N) into the opening of the Right Toe, as shown.
There is a groove in the Toe Cup that matches a tab inside the Right Toe, so this will only sit flush when correctly aligned:
In much the same way as before, fit the Left Toe (4I) over this post of the Bridge Inner Structure (R) (4H), as shown:
Fit another Washer onto the threads of one (1) more CM screw and secure the Left Toe into place, as shown:
Press the second Toe Cup (4N) into the opening of the Left Toe, in the same way as before:
Retrieve your Right Foot assembly from the previous issue. Fit a Bridge Washer (4O – with the radial pattern facing out) into this matching recess of the Foot Casing, as shown:
You may find the following steps a bit easier if you use tiny drops of super glue to hold these Bridge Washers in place. Just make sure the radial pattern is facing up and no glue seeps up around the edge – this is a movement area:
On the opposite side of the Foot Casing, fit the second Bridge Washer into place in the same way.
I glued both of my Bridge Washers in place:
Fit the upper post of the Bridge Inner Structure (R) assembly (with the Left Toe) through the Foot Casing, and into the Outer Bridge Frame (R) assembly (with the Right Toe), as shown. The Bridge Washers will be captured in between:
There are four pins on the Left Toe side that need to be pressed into the matching posts of the Right Toe side until the parts are flush together:
With the pins seated completely, this front toe assembly will stay attached to the Foot Casing on its own:
Secure the two Bridge assemblies to each other from the inner side with one (1) BM screw, as shown.
This screw further keeps the toe assembly from coming apart:
Fit the keyed post of the Right Stabilizer Bracket (4D) through this matching hole of the Foot Casing, as shown:
Fit a Washer onto the threads of one (1) LP screw…
… and secure the Stabilizer Bracket into place, as shown:
Press a Cap (4M) over the head of the previous screw until flush, as shown.
The second Cap is a spare and can be used/saved as required. However, look closely at them – the smooth side of the Cap should end up facing out:
Press the D-shaped hole of the Right Stabilizer (4E) onto the matching pin of the Right Stabilizer Bracket, as shown:
Fit the split post of the Upper Bridge Guard Plate (4C) onto this matching ball of the Foot Casing, as shown.
This Guard Plate can be pivoted around as needed depending on the position of the foot:
Slide the Upper Bridge Guard (4B) down onto this large keyed post of the Upper Bridge Guard Bracket (4A), as shown:
Secure the Upper Bridge Guard into place with one (1) IP screw:
Press the hole of the Small Grille (4L) into this pin of the Upper Bridge Guard, as shown:
Finally, press the two pins of the Bridge Cover (4F) into the matching holes on top of the Upper Bridge Guard, as shown:
Well, now our right foot has some Toes! I am really enjoying the level of detail on these parts. I have not had to paint or add detail to anything, it just looks great as it is. And the weight… I am going to have to weigh this foot once we complete it!
Issue 05 – Right Foot Tire, Inner Rim, Rear Stabilizer/Joint, Upper End of Bridge