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RCade's X-Men full Bowen mod. Attempt #1.....


By Rcade

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

Okay, so we all love adding a little "something" to our XMs in the form of figures and such. I got the Disney little figures, but I thought they look too "kiddie", and didn't really mesh well with how big Mags and Wolvie were, just looked out of place. So I got rid of them and I've had the Beast and Cyclops Bowen Mini-busts in my XM for a while now, and I love them because they look classy and go together with the esthetic of the machine perfectly, IMO. But with all the repainting of Mags and Wolvie, as well as the suggestion of pursuing finding an alternate choice to the current massive Wolvie toy, I decided to take the plunge and experiment with replacing My Magneto and Wolvie with Bowen Mini-Busts of themselves, so now all figures are Bowen sculpts and go together nicely.

Took me FOREVER to get the Wolvie moded so that it would mount......but I did it.....and it works.

I'll post some pics, but just know:

-I'm not good with my hands,lol. My pin play should show you as much . But I'm also not very good with tools, so I did all the drilling and cutting of the resin Wolvie bust with a Dremel. I didn't have any fancy drill bits or anything that probably would have made it 1,000x's easier than it turned out to be for me....so it IS possible to get a better fit and look than I got if you're more of a handy man.

-Thanks to my 3 year old daughter, one of Wolvie's claws broke off. So that's why it's missing, and I'll be epoxying it back on tomorrow....

-I had to remove the Wolvie head lamp. It was pretty useless anyways.

-Mags it held in place by double sided craft glue tape. Dude ain't moving anytime soon or later. very solid and reversable and a helluva lot easier to remove than the stock Mags.

-I had to give Mags a tiny lobotomy. The crown of his head was too tall, and shaving the base down meant shaving off the flag and would have possibly blocked the Clops shot. So I Dremel'ed off the top of the head and color matched it. Looks pretty good. Again, will look better if you're actually adept at modding and even leveling.

-was taking the pics with my iPod, thus the quality :p

....okay, here's some pics.....

#2 6 years ago

Full view...

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#3 6 years ago

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#4 6 years ago

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#5 6 years ago

Rear mount view

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#6 6 years ago

Sorry, Don't know why they're all sideways :\

#7 6 years ago

Pretty sweet!
Have you seen the Phoneix one?

#8 6 years ago

Yeah, but it starts to get pretty crowded with her squeezed in there :\. I might add a Storm one though, In the back corner, but I think it look just about right where everything is right now. Not too gaudy, but sophisticated.

The one thing that still bugs me is I currently have a cheap Cerebro helmet that came from an action figure on the plastic after the Xavier VUK. I've scoured seemingly everywhere for a better cerebro....but not luck. I think it would be bad assed to have a light up Cerebro Helmet there on that plastic....it's practically BEGGING for it,lol.

#9 6 years ago

Three more, for scale...

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#10 6 years ago

That Wolverine looks to be just the right size and pose. Claws out of the way of the ramp. No elbow hanging down to trap balls. Not so wide that it seems to either block the Beast or Xavier shots too much. No need to have different positions for the Pro and LEs.

Too bad Stern didn't think more than a minute before approving the mold that was actually used. I can only imagine how much money and reputation they would have saved on thinking that through just a little bit.

Your game looks great. So what are those mini busts made out of?

#11 6 years ago

Thanks Dug! They're all resin.

#12 6 years ago

For a guy with no professed mechanical talent, you rocked it!

Well done, really takes the game up a notch in sophistication.

rody

#13 6 years ago
Quoted from DugFreez:

Too bad Stern didn't think more than a minute before approving the mold that was actually used. I can only imagine how much money and reputation they would have saved on thinking that through just a little bit.

In chatting with Borg himself a bit at Expo last fall, I recall he mentioned that Stern had to do a bunch of separate submissions of the Wolvie figure to Marvel before they would approve it. Marvel was really picky about having the figure NOT resemble any of the other poses of busts that were already out there...

Later,
EV

#14 6 years ago
Quoted from EchoVictor:

In chatting with Borg himself a bit at Expo last fall, I recall he mentioned that Stern had to do a bunch of separate submissions of the Wolvie figure to Marvel before they would approve it. Marvel was really picky about having the figure NOT resemble any of the other poses of busts that were already out there...
Later,
EV

I can see this being the case. I wonder if they could have come up with something that would not cradle a ball.

#15 6 years ago

Awesome job Rcade!

#16 6 years ago
Quoted from Rody:

For a guy with no professed mechanical talent, you rocked it!
Well done, really takes the game up a notch in sophistication.
rody

Quoted from Eskaybee:

Awesome job Rcade!

Thanks guys! Yeah, I'm pretty satisfied with the results. Still going to send off my stock Wolvie to ZDoor to get repainted, if he still does it, as I might want to go back to him later. So far I've played about 4 games since the install, and so far so good; but I don't know how it will hold up long term. I doubled up on the foam around wolvie's base because resin is so hard I didn't want it to tear the ball up, do we'll see how things are going once I get a bunch more games on it.

#17 6 years ago

Frickn' sweer mod! That deserves the 'around the world and back snap'

#18 6 years ago

first airball to magneto or wolverine you'll be breaking out the epoxy. they look awesome, but i feel like all its going to take is one airball... =(

#19 6 years ago
Quoted from jespo_19:

first airball to magneto or wolverine you'll be breaking out the epoxy. they look awesome, but i feel like all its going to take is one airball... =(

Quite possible. That's why I tried to make these as quickly reversible as possible if need be. I just wanted to shake things up

#20 6 years ago

i gotcha, they really do look great, but knowing statues, it doesn't take much. best of luck and i hope that magneto rules over the silver ball and not the other way around

#21 6 years ago

Now that you know the Statues are easy to cut buy a small red laser diode and carefully dremel Cyclops visor out.I tried a red led but it was washed out by the other game leds.
I added a switch on the spinner to turn the laser on and off with 5 volts and a resistor but you can also patch into the Iceman flasher too.

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#22 6 years ago

Here are a few pics.

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#23 2 years ago

Where can I find this Phoenix and Cyclopes mod

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