Customs: CHALLENGE: I need help to fix my new Rodimus! ARGH!

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  1. Cinemastique

    Cinemastique Earth Culture Specialist

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    I just bought an MISB SDCC Alternators Rodimus from a board member in the Junkion Exchange. Opening him up, I found that he was broken from the factory!

    The cylinder on his left door panel (the one the pin fits into that slides along the channel) had been shattered into about five pieces. I have all the pieces, but gluing the cylinder back together just really isn't an option, since the cylinder has to retain the precise size to hold the pin and to slide in the channel.

    I have no idea what to do to fix the door. I'm pretty miffed that I spent $35 on a toy that Hasbro broke, but if I can fix it well enough for the door to hold position and slide back and forth, I'll be satisfied.

    Please help!

    Ken

    ETA: Did some googling, and apparently, there were some all-around QC issues with this guy. :banghead: 

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    Could you post some photos of this?
     
  3. Cinemastique

    Cinemastique Earth Culture Specialist

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    Sure, I'll post some pics tonight when I get home. :) 
     
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    I'll wait for pics. I'm sure there is a way to fix it up right. Might have to ditch the broken cylinder parts and fab one out of solid or hollow tube stock styrene, won't be able to help ya much 'til I see some pics!:confused: 
     
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    There aint nothin a little bailing wire, and duct tape cant fix.:wink: 
     
  6. Cinemastique

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    I attempted a glue job last night before bed...
    Not thrilled with it, but I'll see tonight how it turned out. If it didn't work, I'm back to square one. It's the precision needed in gluing a sliding part that has me discouraged.

    Pics forthcoming, either way. I knew y'all would mobilize if I put out an SOS. :p 
     
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    Hopefully you got it all squared away :thumb 
     
  8. Cinemastique

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    Pics added.

    The glue job didn't work. I'm turning this over to the RADICONS for support...

    HOT ROD NEEDS YOUR HELP!
     
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    Got any junker tf's laying around?

    If so find one that has some type of "post" thats about the same size as the one that broke on the door....

    if its a little longer, that o.k....just sand it down till its the right length.

    Make a hole in one end with a small drill bit (you can even do this by hand, I've done it a plenty time)....

    now from that same junker tf, salvage a small screw, that's a little shorter than your new "post", make sure it fits into the hole you just made with the drill bit snugly, also make sure that it wont "go thru" the slider slot on the inner door skin, see if you can find one with a washer on it, or add one to it....screw it into the hole on your new post, this will make threads in the plastic....takes a little effort, but it can be done....once you got that, take the screw out

    Scuff up the opposite end of your post with sand paper, emery board, what ever you got handy....do the same on the inside of the door where the peg broke.

    If using superglue/krazy glue, remember less is more....glue the post to the door right where the old one was....let that set and cure.

    Once its cured, test it first by screwing your screw into it....if the post holds, you are good to go...take the screw out, reassemble the door, and you're good to go....if it doesn't hold, maybe try some stronger glue.
     
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    Probably a piece of round styrene found at most good hobby shops, and avalible in many sizes, and good epoxy, not the 15min stuff, would work great. If you can prep the surface well, and make the contact points of the pieces your bonding clean, with plenty of surface area, cyanoacrylate (super glue) type glue would work.

    But before you glue in the new piece, run the screw through a few time to make the threads, that way there is less stress on the glued parts when your assembling it.
     
  11. Cinemastique

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    I like the Styrene idea, as I don't have any junkers at the moment.

    Most of the styrene I've seen comes in strips or sheets... I assume that's not the kind you're referring to.

    One of the problems I have is that the door has to slide pretty precisely: not enough either direction, and the door won't close.

    Still, I could probably shave the styrene with my Xacto little by little after gluing until it fits just right?
     
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    Both pk and turboedguy give you some great advice. Keep us posted as to how this turns out :) 
     
  13. Cinemastique

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    I'm having trouble finding the styrene rods in the size I need locally. I'd rather not order online, since I don't want to spend $30 to fix a $30 toy.

    Posted in the Junk Pit thread, and will reiterate here: if anyone can sell/donate a junker left door panel from the GT mold, in any condition that preserves the cylinder section, it'd be a huge help! :) 

    Ken
     

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