By Generation: Combiner Wars: Articulation for the Combiner Fingers

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    In case anyone wants to articulate the fingers on their Combiner Wars Figures, here is a quick step by step guide on how to do it. The way Hasbro created the molds for the fingers makes it quite easy if you have the right tools.

    First gather your supplies:

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    Next use the hammer, peg board (or something else solid with a hole in it) and hammer to push the pin through the hand. It does not take much. It is only held by a thin wall on the bottom of the hand. Then pull it out with your pliers:

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    This allows you to easily pull out the fingers:

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    Use the thinnest blade saw you can find, I used a jewelers saw, to carefully cut the individual fingers apart. The mold of the fingers gives you a nice solid line to follow. If you happen to have a table with a gap in-between the planks cut on it. The planks will help support the fingers, and the gap will allow the saw blade to move freely:

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    Once you have all four (or however many you want to separate) fingers cut apart, trim any flash off, sand any kerf marks left by the saw, and slide them back onto the pin:.

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    Gently tap the pin all the way into place and your hand is finished:

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    With a little more cutting you can also remove the strange knuckle guns:

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    I didn't like the weird torpedo guns for either hands or feet. You probably could make them removable if you want to, and add some magnets possibly. I just wanted them gone.

    Based on my experience with a rotary cutter, I think you would end up taking off way too much plastic and they would slide back and forth like an abacus.

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    (Some other members added some more items, and those have been shared here below. ~Superquad7)


    JackKnife adds: "You could always put "spacers" between the fingers with the rotary tool method. A small disc of plastic on one side of each finger, about .010 plastic or so."

    flik68 tried it and posted his results:

    "I have already did this and, yes, it makes them a lot nicer. Here are what mine look like":

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