G1 Jetfire restoration

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  1. jtscribe

    jtscribe Well-Known Member

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    Hey, guys, not sure if this is the right place or not. I've found the information on cleaning, but I've a more specific question. I bought a loose G1 Jetfire with a loose arm. I've taken it apart and it looks like it's missing the screw that the two upper pieces of the arm clamped over, as well as the black ratcheted piece for the joint.

    Where would I go about finding something to replace this with? Is there anything comparable I can use from more current toys, or should I just keep an eye out for broken Jetfire's on EBay and mix and match pieces?

    Also, the backpack is kind of floppy - something I remember happening with my first Jetfire some twenty years ago. If I punch the pin out and remove it, what's the recommended way to tighten that particular hinge?
     
  2. MasterDeath

    MasterDeath Just Insane

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    just replace the whole thing with a new macross transforming figure :-D
     
  3. mrclean08

    mrclean08 G1 FOR LIFE

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    Your best bet is just keeping an eye out and mixing & matching pieces like you mentioned.

    The main Jetfire body doesn't go for much as a whole even in good condition. It's when he is complete with armor that he tends to get pricier. If you're into restoration, then mixing and matching pieces would be a fun project to build this guy back to good condition.

    However, if your main concern is price point vs value, just get one that is already in good condition. It will only take patience, but you are bound to get a deal on eBay.

    Good luck.
     
  4. jtscribe

    jtscribe Well-Known Member

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    I'm not hugely concerned about resale value, it was one of the first Transformers my grandparents gave me as a child and I want to get one together for my son.

    I've got all of the armor pieces on order so the assembly will be good save for the arm.
     
  5. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    definitely grab a loose broken one, might go for a few bucks on ebay, nothing serious. just make sure you ask if the ratchet works
     
  6. mrclean08

    mrclean08 G1 FOR LIFE

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    I never said anything about resale value. My points were aimed at discussing options for your purchase.
     
  7. megamus

    megamus Overworked and Underpaid Veteran

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    send me pics of which arm, and what parts. I am pretty sure I have some extra parts around here somewhere. Just pay shipping and they are yours.
     
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    Awesome, thanks. It's the right arm. I left him on my desk at the office so I'll get some pictures taken tomorrow.
     
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    Test.

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    juise TFW2005 Token Negro

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    By the looks of it you just need a spring and screw, both of which you should be able to come up with at a decent hardware store.

    The way these joints work is there is a cog that is pressed against the ratcheting by a spring, and held in place with a screw. You can buy a junker Jetfire or Shockwave (has to have good shoulders as thats the parts would come from) for the missing parts.
     
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    Yeah, the cog for the shoulder joint is missing as well. Not sure why Flickr was being stupid, I was using the links they were giving, grr.
     
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    Hi megamus, did you get any of my emails I sent you? I didnt hear back from you. please check your emails. thanks
     
  14. Nighthawkblack

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    I have the same problem with my Jetfires arms. This ratchet looks simple enough. Can anyone make on on shapewaves to replace it?
     

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