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“Assemble and insert a vertebra casing to further extend the Terminator’s spine.”

Before we get started, I wanted to mention that I did *not* get any replacement finger joints with this issue. I know other builders have received them, but maybe it is only available when you purchase this issues at the newsagents and not as part of the subscription.



Materials: The Vertebra Casings are rubber, while the Vertebra Spindle and Vertebra Connector are both metal.


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Fitting a Vertebra and Casing

Step 1

Fit the Vertebra Casing (41-3) into the recess of the Vertebra Connector (hollow side up).

The Vertebra Casing (41-3) used here is the shallower of the two casings. It should sit flush into the connector:

Step 2

Fit the longer shaft of the Vertebra Spindle through the Vertebra Connector, as shown:

Steps 3-4

Fit the other Vertebra Casing over the spindle, like this:

Step 5

Retrieve the entire endoskeleton assembly from the previous issue. Fit this Vertebra Casing assembly to the base of the thoracic cage so the screw holes line up and this spline (circled below) faces to the front:

Step 6

Slide a Spring Washer over the ends of four (4) PM 3×6 mm screws, like this:

Secure the Vertebra Casing in place with these screw/washer sets:


Assembly of the T800’s lower spine has begun! I am hesitant to think this spine will actually support all of the upper body weight, but I believe we will be receiving a support rod towards the end of the build to help with this. We did not use the two plastic Vertebrae this time, but keep them close for the next issue.

Next Up

 Issue 42 – Vertebra (x3), Spinal Cord

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