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“Assemble the support frame for the thoracic vertebrae that will support the head and connect the shoulder joints.”




Materials: The Caps in this issue are hard rubber, but the rest of the parts are metal.


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Working on the Thoracic Vertebra Frame

Step 1

Retrieve the Thoracic Vertebra Frame assembly from the previous issue. Fit two (2) M2 nuts flush into the recesses at the lower left end of the frame as shown.

I found a trick to get these tiny nuts to align into the holes without jamming: put the nuts on the end of a toothpick (cocktail stick) first. Then you can fit them perfectly into the holes and just slide the toothpick out:

Step 2

Fit the tabs of the Thoracic Vertebra Part under the end of the Thoracic Vertebra Frame, on the side away from the nuts, as shown.

I had already installed the screws to take this photo, but you can see how the part attaches here:

Step 3

Turn the assembly over. While holding the nuts in place, secure both sides with two (2) PM 2×6 mm screws:

Step 4

Locate the two small black Caps. They are marked with an ‘L’ and ‘R’ for the left and right sides.

Take note of the notches cut into each cap:

Step 5

Fit the right Cap into the matching socket on the right ball joint housing. Ensure the notch fits over the raised section inside the socket.

The right ball joint housing is also marked with an ‘R’ – circled in red below. The notch in the Cap should match the recess (arrow):

When this Cap is fitted, it should sit flush with the socket:

Steps 6-7

Repeat the previous step with the left Cap on the other side:


Work continues on building up the chest section of our T-800. I am really curious how his chest section will look with the final cover plates on it. The Thoracic Vertebra Frame supplied in this issue was not used, but is needed in the next one.

Next Up

 Issue 36 – Thoracic Vertebra Parts, Caps

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