How do you hammer out pins

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  1. blur3479

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    I'm a young collector and that being said I don't know how to do some things to customize my figures ergo why I'm asking this how do you hammer out pins
     
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    I've only knocked out one pin, and that was on the 2007 Voyager Optimus Prime. First I gently tapped the pin out with a hammer and small nail. Once it was out far enough, I pulled it out with pliers. It worked, but I damaged some plastic in the process.

    Since then, I haven't had the need or desire to knock out any pins. My advice would be to avoid it unless absolutely necessary. If you have to do it, be extremely gentle when tapping the pin out. It might also be a good idea to get a spare version of the figure you're working on in case things don't go well.
     
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    Thanks it's united megatron the wings are a bit distracting
     
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    With a hammer, duh.

    Really though, if you're not planning on doing much more customizing, then just use a small enough nail to hammer out the pin (remember to check which side to hammer from). If you do plan on hammering plenty of pins out, then it'd be best to buy a pin punch set from any store with a decent hardware section. Otherwise you'll be wasting a lot of nails.
     
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    ^^ this....
     
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    AUTOMATIC pin punch.
     
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    i've used small screwdrivers and any makeshift hammer, wrenches are usually what i reach for.
     
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    Any links to cheap automatic pin punchers?
     
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    I got one on amazon for about $15 last year. It is the size of pen. It works ok, but it is kind of dangerous in the wrong hands.
     
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    I bought mine at a local hardware store for under $15. My main advice is to just not buy a plastic one. I had one, and it eventually broke due to the fact it was comprised out of plastic and not metal. It was the difference of $9 and $12, and the extra $4 or so would have saved me the $13 or so it cost to replace it. Lowe's would have one I'm sure.

    They do have a lot of torque for something like this. Using one of these things hurts if it's not on the figure. I wished I didn't know that :lol 
     
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    ok im kinda confused whats an automatic pin punch and how is different from a pin punch?
     
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    An automatic pin punch has a spring loaded system that is torqued enough to provide a bounce to a pin punch enough to punch out pins. A pin punch without this feature requires the use of a hammer or another external force for the sole pushing action.

    In short, an automatic pin punch does some of the work itself whereas a pin punch does not.

    (also attached are the two different examples we're speaking of here)
     

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    thats what i was assuming it did but i wanted to be sure, i may have to pick one of these up cause sometimes the hammer method just doesnt workout
     
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    It's also considered a good thing to have in a car. It's one of the only things small enough and uses enough force that it will break a window should a car go off the road into a lake. Might sound funny but it happens.
     
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    I have a keychain token that has one in a compound of other tools for just such an occasion. It's totally different than the tools I've shown in my previous post.
     

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