Customs: Help with attaching ball joints.

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  1. reptileman

    reptileman Well-Known Member

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    So i'm making my first custom transformer.It is going really well.Im making rotf cyclonus out of rotf deluxe soundwave.The only problem is that i cut of the soundwave arms to put on some armorhide/llandmine arms.I learned that the ball joint from rotf robot replicas sideswipe is a good fit after some shaving down. I tried to glue the ball joint to the upper arm with eco power glue.Im guessing that sounds pretty stupid but hey its my first time so yeah. It did not work. So im wondering if there is anyone who can tell me what kind of glue i need or if it even possible for me to place the lower arm to the upper arm using a robot replicas ball joint. Also is it ok to use plastic cement or gorilla glue cauuse that is all i have for now.Thank you.


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    Loctite Super Glue Gel. With such an important and often used joint though it still may not hold it well enough. As was told to me a few weeks back "it's better to modify the part you're trying to attach to fit the joint, than to modify the joint itself."

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    i use zapagap personally, worked when my tfcc breakaways foot broke away
     
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    glue won't hold a ball joint in place. it needs to be reinforced with threaded steel or wire.
     
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    I have to agree with F_R here. What I do is cut the head off of an extra screw from a TF I took apart so you have a threaded piece that can be threaded from both sides. Take the 2 pieces you want a drill a hole about the size of the screw on each piece. Take the screw bar and screw it in one side then take that whole piece and screw it to the other side. You can dab a bit of glue if you'd like but it's not really necessary. Check this thread, it's where I learned about the technique

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/tutorials-how-tos/264569-articulating-g1-bombshell.html

    It's the 7th picture from the top

    You get pretty a pretty darn strong connection from this method
     
  6. reptileman

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    Thank you all for your advice.It is very usefull. Thanks.

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    EDIT: I forgot to mention im going to use animated activators grimlock ball joint now.
     
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    What about a 2-part epoxy? Epoxy is generally much stronger than most CA-type glues.
     
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    nope. and I've tried the best stuff around. I guess it might depend on the stress to the ball joint's peg (and where it's attached) but, in 99% of my experiences, the peg will break right off.

    sometimes it's easier to drill through a small piece of styrene, into the back of the peg of the ball joint, then use small screws (from the other side of the styrene) fixing it to the area you want the joint to come from.

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