Welcome at FreeTime Toys

Hello everybody and welcome here. This blog will be dedicated to the few toys projects I will do during my free time. You can expect some toys rehab, some design adaptation and some brand new design.

If you are here you probably know my taste for Jumbo Machinder, so most of my projects are related to those big guys. Hope you will enjoy it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The curse of the lost spear

Double post today as I'm in great shape after the break.

One of my main focus for the moment in my collection, and maybe my main goal is to get a Spartan K5. He's not that hard to get in the villains series, but strangely he always escaped me, and I've already lost a huge amount of auctions trying to get it and ended second on most of them. GRRRR

This villains comes with a spear but he's always missing it, trying to get one with a spear is a real challenge and when it comes with it, the price jumps quite high.

I'm sure I will get one one of these days but I'm sure he's going to miss it too. So I've decide to already start working on the spear. It's a bit close to the idea of the Mach Baron car, doing a replica of the eternal missing accessory.

Here's an image of the modeling in progress. I need to take some dimensions on a real Spartan from a friend to be sure it will shoot and have the right size. Unfortunately my friend doesn't have the spear but at least he got the Spartan with his launcher, lucky guy :))

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Buffalo Launchers

Back from amazing holidays, back to work, back to some Machinder projects.

Here's the final images of the launcher replica I've build for the Taihou Buffalo.
For the K7 and C3 I was not able to do the launcher as accurate as the original mainly because of the fact that the original toys were made of vinyl and the launchers were push into them and stayed in place because of their shape, not possible with a 3D print as it's rigid.

For the Buffalo it was different as they fit on the shoulder, so they can be more accurate for the shape. But the challenge here is that I've never see those launchers in real and I have no idea how they were build and how the spring and the mechanism was put in place.

I've decide to separate the tube in two at the colot connection and design some plug to hold the pieces together, I just have to push the back into the front and turn it by 90° to lock it.

Here's a pict of the whole launcher open.

You can see the connection part. I've decide not to paint it to avoid the fact that it might be difficult to connect after.

And here's two picts on the shoulder of the Buffalo. He's now ready for battle and look way more cool like this.

I still have to do the little red rubber on the back of the lever, but for the moment I'm fine like that and what I'm really happy is that they actually work fine.