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Flippers for “Shorty.”

October 17, 2010

I decided to build one of DivNull’s new “Shorty Chassis” mechs.  It is very versatile, posable, and lends itself well to customization.  The only problem I had with it was stability.  It was very difficult to pose it and keep it standing.  It stands well enough on its own when it’s straight up and down, and not holding anything.  The problems started when I posed it, or gave it something to hold that was off-center.

If you’ve read my T.A.G. post you will know that I value stability and durability in a mech model.  This mech frame is very posable, so it gets a high T rating.  My impression so far is that it is reasonably durable if constructed of new parts, but the tiny little feet keep it from a high G rating.  I came up with three different methods of enlarging the feet but all three ended up looking very “clunky.”  I then on a whim put a pair of mini-fig scuba flippers on the bottom of the feet.  All of a sudden I could put it in very off-center poses without fear of it tipping over.

Here is a quick shot of my “table scraps” “Shorty Chassis” standing just inside a window of our livingroom.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mantisking permalink
    October 19, 2010 3:13 am

    Well, if you make the frame in greens and blues it could look like an amphibious mecha.

    • October 19, 2010 1:14 pm

      Shorty from the black lagoon?

      • Mantisking permalink
        October 19, 2010 5:26 pm

        Better there than the Blue Lagoon. 🙂

        • October 19, 2010 5:35 pm

          Ok wise guy. Trying to run a family friendly blog here. 😉 Can’t have the kids trying to track down obscure references to bad movies involving underage incest.

  2. Mantisking permalink
    October 19, 2010 6:34 pm

    Sorry. :p Aaaaaaanyway, I wonder if the original developer builds only in LDraw? Because all of his other kitted out builds have small feet as well.

    • October 20, 2010 6:40 pm

      Good point. That may very-well be the case. Many people prefere it because they always have as many parts as they need, and in the right color as well.

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