As you can see from my previous posting, I cloned some of my favorites Transformer MOC to be exhibited. During the cloning process, I redesigned a few of them to be more stable and won't easily topple over from minor tremors on the display table. Springer (made in 2009) ended up being redesigned almost 50% ,mainly on the torso and below.
The Original Springer from 2009
The speeder-tank mode is too top heavy /bulky.
One of the main weakness in Springer v1.00 robot mode is the weak pelvis joint. The stability of the more-action poses on the legs are compounded by the back kibbles as well! Another pet peeve are the hinged tyres connected on the side of each thighs. They're held together by a flimsy one-stud connection each.
Springer v1.5 Changes
I've decided to use the dual ball-jointed part for the pelvis, which is one of my preferred method from year 2011 onwards I think.
Lie him down flat and start transforming....
Another improvement made is the speedertank mode ,which I think is now more streamlined as some simplifications are made to reduce the bulk and still maintain a decent, stable and thicker + longer robot legs too!
However... Such streamlining came with a cost of an even simpler rotor-rifles.
I just love how the robot legs/copter tailfins are folded outwards to become the vehicle spoiler!
Transformation to helicopter...
Did I overheard requests for instructions? Click on the link below to download it in the form of PDF file.