This model kit is for a Legends scale figure of Ratbat, designed to accompany DX9's War in Pocket "Sonic Wizard" (Soundwave) figure. Though the figure is transformable between cassette mode (that fits in Soundwave's chest), and bat mode, it is intended for collectors and not for play. Completed model stands approximately 1.6cm tall in robot mode, with an approximate wingspan of 4.6cm.
This kit inlcudes one set of the following:
One set of wingsTwo sets of feet
Here you can find a diagram of the parts as they are laid out on the sprue, painting instructions, assembly instructions, and transformation intructions.
- One flight stand attachment for straighforward flight, with a receiving port for a 3mm peg
- One flight stand attachment for hovering flight, with a receiving port for a 3mm peg
- Two heads
For the best end result, please follow these steps in constructing this kit:
- Parts Removal
- The thin arms that parts are attached to the sprue with may break easily, but can leave you with pitted parts surfaces, and more spots to sand smooth on your parts. In order to prevent accidental breakage or damage to parts, please use a cutting tool to remove the parts from their sprue. All sprue connections are along sandable, flat surfaces so that they can be easily cut with a Sprue Cutter or sharp X-Acto Knife.
- Parts Sanding
- Your model parts may have uneven edges from their sprue connections that you cut, or ridged surfaces from the 3d printing process. These minor imperfections become much more visible once you paint them, so a little bit of sanding can really improve your end result. Surfaces can be easily smoothened by lightly sanding them with a file or high grit (220 or more) sand paper.
- Parts Cleaning
- Model parts will have detail-hiding residue on them from the printing process that you will want to remove before painting. Do not use Acetone, Lacquer Thinner, or Isopropyl Alcohol, as all of these will damage or destroy your parts unless exactly diluted. Cleaning parts is easily done by gently scrubbing the pieces with a toothbrush, an unconcentrated degreasing dish soap, and hot water (if it's too hot to touch then it's too hot to use).
- Parts Dying
- Painting the joint pieces of your parts will make it difficult to assemble them, and will add thickness to the joints that could hinder their movement, or stress thin parts enough to break. Frosted Ultra Detail is a translucent material that can be easily dyed with fabric dye.
Dying is a very simple process consisting of a ten minute soak in two teaspoons of fabric dye and hot water (too hot to touch, too hot to use), followed by a clean rinse in cold water. Fabric dye will stain just about anything it touches, so it's best to do this in an expendable container from your local Dollar Store. This link shows a photo guide to dying the parts of one of my model kits.
If dying the parts sounds like too imposing of a process, or too big of a hassle, you could achieve a similar result by using a permanent Sharpie marker.
- Parts Painting
- It is best to avoid painting the joint pieces of your parts because it will add thickness to the joints that will make them difficult to assemble, could hinder their movement, or stress thin parts enough to break. This diagram highlights the joint surfaces you want to avoid painting. Acrylic paints are recommended for excellent painting results. They're both easy to work with and to clean up when wet, while managing to still be vibrant and durable when dry.
Apply paint in multiple thin, even layers. Avoid applying too much paint, as it will obscure your model's detail, and possibly hinder its movement and transformation. A sealant or topcoat shouldn't be necessary, but may be useful in achieving your desired surface finish (matte or gloss). This link provides a paint color guide for the variations of this figure.
- Parts Stickering
- Parts Assembling
- There is a detailed guide for assembling this model, at this link, that you will want to follow in order to avoid breaking your model when assembling it. This model has small, unforgiving pieces that will likely break if put on wrong, or even in the incorrect order. It's very helpful to dip joint nubs and balls in soapy water when assembling.
- Figure Transformation
- The part you've been waiting for! This link provides a photo guide on transforming your completed model. Please take note that when inserting and removing your figure from inside of Soundwave that his waist swivel will need to be straight, with his torso parallel to his hips, and his cassette door fully opened. All cassette minicon models fit inside best when the "tape cogs" on them are at the top and facing outward.
Please feel free to send me images of your completed kit to add to its gallery. Or, if you're a member of TFW2005, you can add them yourself to the kit's thread there