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Greetings, today I picked up a Trygon kit. And I simply cannot leave well enough alone, One look and I had to do some type of conversion for it. And then I remembered I had recently picked up some of the rare earth neodyium magnets.
I initially was going to create all 3 heads and just swap them out when I wanted to use one of the 3 variations. However there is only one base head piece on the sprue. This limited the choices I had in which version to make, But I wasn't going to let that deter me.
I had 3 different size magnets, Although I cant remember the sizes. One is small enough for a space marine arm, The second is slightly larger than that and the third is slightly larger than that. So if you know the size for the tiny one that fits in marine arms the other 2 are the next 2 sizes of disc magnet up.
I formed a block of greenstuff to wedge into the center of the head. Then I took 3 of the larger disc magnets and placed one on each side near the front of the brick, And one on top of the brick.
I then cut into the inside of the head assemble and removed the back of the concave pits in the side of the head for the pincers that protude above and behind the bottom jaw. After cutting these out I hollowed them out a little and filed down a little bit on the top of the inside jaw.
Next I wedged the greenstuff block into the inside of the head, I squished the brick around a bit and moved the side magnets into alignment with the now hollowed concave pincer slots. Then i molded the excess greenstuff on the lower jaw to conform to the original shape and cut away the excess so it would allow the lower jaw to fit in snugly.
At this point I wasnt sure if i was going to magnetize the jaw as the prime one fit snugly inside. however the mawloc jaw attached to the head funny and doesn't go all the way in the recess so I ended up fitting the middle size magnet into the lower jaw greenstuff.
Picture of the lower jaw magnet, Sorry it's blurry I couldn't get a good shot due to the texture of the greenstuff.
Picture of the side of the head assembly, You can see where I hollowed out the concave area so the magnet would show through
Top down view of the greenstuff block and where I positioned the magnet for the cranium.
After I had the base head assembly finished I moved on to the Jaw/Pincers/Cranium bits. I then drilled holes in the end of the pincers and glued magnets in them. Then I fixed magnets to a blob of greenstuff and molded that into the cranial plates. And finally i just glued a magnet to the prime jaw, And had to mold some greenstuff to the back of the mawloc jaw so the magent would align with the upper jaw.
Picture of the finished bits after inserting all the magnets.
I was originally going to insert a fixed pin into the base of the tail and then just drill holes in the 3 variations and slip them off and in. This didnt end up working like I wanted it to, As the tail ends curve and leave very little space for a proper pin. I ended up putting the medium size magnets in each of the tail ends and one in the base of the tail giving me the option to change out any of them without having to worry about the pin mussing up a fishing paint job.
And here are some various pictures of the finished pieces attached to the base head.
I was going to magnetize the arms as well but in the end decided that the difference between trygon/prime arms and the mawloc arms wasn't a big enough difference to warrant the conversion. The tail and head swaps are more than sufficient in my opinion.
With prepping and cleaning of the various pieces and inserting the magnets into them the total time spent on converting the head was less than 2 hours ( Most of this spent trying not to glue the magnets to my fingers or insert them backwards, they are tricky little things).
This was a rather simple conversion to do, More tedious than anything. This also allows me to field any of the 3 trygon variants using single model.
I hope this was useful or interesting to someone. I wish I had taken some before photos of the pieces I modified or cut into, But I was a tad bit excited about having something new to work on and dove right in.
Last edited by Rakear; March 5th, 2010 at 08:09.
I will be doing this myself at some point. Did you bother with the spines that go on the carapace for the mawloc? For mine the magnets were glued into drille holes so they were just below flush with the carapace then green stuffed over. So the spines can be attached but if not you can't tell the magnets are there.
I did not do the carapace spines, I just glued them all in place. I didn't really like the way it looked without all the extra spines so I decided to go with having them all on from the start.
That is a fantastic idea for those who don't want all the extra spines on there Mawloc's or vanilla Trygon's though.
I may actually try and do this on my next Trygon purchase.