ISSUE 54

 Return to the BUILD


“Attach the side muscles to the torso using ball-joint connections, and prepare another muscle for future integration.”

Much of this issue is repeating steps from previous issues but with new parts.

Contents


Parts

Magazine

  • T-800 Assembly – Model Instructions
  • Sci-Fi Cinema Legends – Stargate
  • Real World Science – Chariots of the Gods?

Build


Assembling a Muscle and Attaching the Side Muscles

Steps 1-2

Slide the thinner end of the Inner Muscle through the Outer Muscle via the wider opening, as shown:

Step 3

Apply a thin line of super glue along this ledge of the Muscle Cap:

Step 4

Slide this Muscle Cap over the exposed end of the Inner Muscle until it seats into the Outer Muscle, as shown:

Don’t worry about alignment; there is no specific way this needs to be secured into the muscle:

Steps 5-6

Retrieve the Muscle Connection from the previous issue. Apply a thin line of super glue along this ledge of the Muscle Connection:

Slide the glued end into this end of the Outer Muscle, as shown:

Don’t worry about alignment; there is no specific way this needs to be secured into the muscle:

Steps 7-8

Retrieve your T-800 endoskeleton. Slide the thicker end of the Inner Side Muscle into this opening of the left Thoracic Cage Joint, as shown:

As I mentioned in the previous issue, these Inner Side Muscles wobble around a lot! I was not happy with this, so I took some steps to stabilize them within the cylinders. First, I needed to remove the two Thoracic Cage Joints by taking out these four screws:

By carefully separating the front and back thoracic cage frames, I was able to pop out both joints:

Next, I cut some long 1″ strips of gaffer tape. The reason I used gaffer tape here is that is that many tapes (such as duct tape or electrical tape) are plastic/vinyl based and the non-adhesive side tends to be a bit ‘grippy’. Gaffer tape is cloth-based, so its non-adhesive side is much smoother and ‘slippery’. Therefore, it works well sliding along the inside of the joint cylinders.

Then, I wrapped the strip around the thick end of one of the Inner Side Muscles until the tape was about 3/16″ thick:

I removed the ‘head’ from the Thoracic Cage Joint and continuously checked if I needed more or less tape. I wanted this to be able to freely slide up and down within the cylinder, but have minimal side-to-side wobble:

Once I was satisfied with the fitment, I slid the muscle through the cylinder and replaced the ‘head’:

I repeated this process on the other muscle/joint assembly and re-secured them into the endoskeleton. They are much straighter now and have hardly any side to side wobble at all:

Steps 9-10

Press the balls on the end of the each Inner Side Muscle down into these sockets on the pelvis assembly. This may require a little force to snap them into place, but do not use any glue here:

Thoughts


The center section of the T-800 now has a bit more girth, which I like. And, the thoracic muscles look so much better after the simple modification! We did not use the Leg Joint Section in this issue, but keep it nearby. All of these parts are plastic.

Running Total of screws used so far: 175

Next Up


 Issue 55 – Right Thigh

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