Sunday, August 21, 2011

Transformers Rodimus Kit Build Instructions

I got a preview copy of the Transformers Rodimus Kit from kotoys.com. The copy I got was the clear version. It is also available in clear black, clear red, black, and white. Like previous kotoys.com kits this didn't some with instructions so I tool some photos and notes as I went.

Package

The tree's came in a plain white box. I am not sure if the final product with have artwork or not, but that isn't as important as what is in the box.



Parts

Included in the box is three trees of parts, a bag of parts and you should also find some stickers (it wasn't ready when mine was shipped)



This tree wasn't completely clear, but had a very slightly pink tint to it. I would expect that the final version will be all clear.



My bag of screws was missing some parts. The final version might contain a spring for the gun and some more screws (I used screws from my sideswipe for now).


Putting it together:

Gun
Getting the easiest thing out of the way collect the five parts (and a spring if the final box comes with one)

Assemble and a spot of glue and you are done.



Back / Wings

Attach the steering wheel and if you want use some glue (mine was pretty snug) to the lower part of the back.


Thread the long pin through the top front of the car, the back piece and back through the front of the car piece. The holes on mine didn't cleanly line up and after assembling it I ran a small drill through the length to make a smooth hole for the pin first.


While it looks like the center spoiler screws right on none of my screws were big enough to fit the hole so I just used some glue which holds it well enough. Use a second screw to secure the front of the car / robot back.


Pop on the two wings and you are done.





Arms

With a small amount of glue attach the inner upper walls of the arms.

Using the longer screws attach the ball joints




While you can attach the wheels now I would recommend waiting until the end when the chest is ready to try out the ball joints to make sure they are secure and all the way in before attaching the wheels which are a pain to take off (and make this screw inaccessible).


Using a pin attach the upper and lower arms



Attach the hands and saw. Tripple check you are putting them on the right side and in the right direction before putting in the pin.



Legs

Start with the lower legs. Unlike other transformers all four wheels are the same size so you can pick any one.


Assemble the lower leg without the kneecap and wheel


Three screws hold the lower leg together


Attach the wheel


Attach the kneecap. Note that once you do this taking apart the lower leg is much more difficult so confirm everything is all ok. Make double sure that the left knee cap is used on the left leg and vice versa as they are not the same.


The upper legs come in four pieces and require two screws (don't put together just yet)



Attach the upper leg piece to the lower leg

Assemble the upper leg, transform the leg to confirm that the correct left side/right side parts were used and then screw it all together.


Attach the hips with pins, again check that the left/right is attached




Chest

The chest is made up of a number of larger pieces and a small connector where the head sits.


Start by connecting the small connector (where the head will sit) to the bottom of the front of the car.


Place the shoulders into the front of the car


Place the hood on top and then screw the front of the car together.


Connect the two main pieces of the chest together. When threading the pin through the rear chest piece it came out at a slight angle, once again I used a small drill to smooth it out so they lined up again before inserting the pin.


Put in the crotch piece so the screw hole is facing up and screw down the bottom chest piece holding it in place.


Attach the legs to the crotch and screw down the other half of the crotch.


Pop in the arms into the shoulder sockets


Place the back/spoiler into the hole and use the flat screw to secure it.



Head
The head is made up of three parts (front/back/eyes) which slide together, but don't lock together.

A little bit of glue to keep the two sides together and place onto to the chest

Finished!


Gallery


With my one armed KO Kit Starscream


Classics Rodimus with some repo stickers and the TFCC Sideburn.

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