Metalchaos Posted February 28, 2013 Share Posted February 28, 2013 Hi everyone! In preparation for the Here be dragons challenge, I will hold a WIP topic on my actual project, Cinder the Red Dragon. Since it was very well and exhaustively explained in TaleSpinner's Cinder WIP back in 2006, I won't be going through all the steps of assembling and painting the dragon. I'll just share some of the things I will do differently, things I think could be helpful for anyone willing to assemble a boxed set Dragon. So, feel free to join in and share your thoughts or ask questions.For now, I've been cleaning the parts from flash and mold lines using a craft knife and a drumel mini grinder. I'm also done drilling the holes and preparing the pins to secure the parts together. I will use a 1/32" (1mm) paperclip to pin the tail and the arms. The right leg and the wings will be secured in place with 3/32" (2.4mm) pins cut from a coat hanger. Finally, I will use wood screw with long pitch thread to fix the Dragon on an aluminum base.Like TailSpinner explained, the ankles are the weak part holding all the weight of the model. The legs need to be firmly assembled on the base. I also noted the center of gravity is located to much on the front of the model, and it gets even worst with the weight of the wings, so it tend to make the model lean forward. To limit the induced torsion in the ankles, I will make the Dragon stand more verticaly, the way he's standing naturally in balance without any pins or glue on the second picture. Another thing I did, is I folded the pins coming out from the arms so they will act as anchor in the bigger holes in the Dragon's body. I used super glue for the small pins and I will use two parts epoxy glue to complete the work. 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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