Customs: How do you un-glue plastic?

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  1. Cheebs

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    Here's the deal: I want to dissasemble the head dress on Transmetal II Megatron. You know, the red plastic bit hanging off of the robot head that contains the visor and the dragon tail...

    Anyway, I removed all three screws and the two halves are still stuck together. It appears the plastic halves are glued as well. Any good ideas on how to separate the glue without dammaging the plastic?
     
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    use nail polish remover watered down a bit or alcohol
     
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    Rock on. I'll give it a try.
     
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    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    ahh!!!! wait! I don't know if you've used the nail polish remover yet, but be VERY careful with that stuff. it contains acetone which can eat through plastic. I was going to suggest one other thing: a heat gun/hair dryer. get the area nice and hot, and that should start to melt the glue.

    ps, where are you in delaware? I was born in wilmington. ;) 
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up. I probably won't try this operation 'til over the weekend. I'm getting ready to make a TMII Megatron gallery and I've decided the official dragon transformation is just...stupid. The robot head easily fits into the back of the dragon belly. This effectively hides the robot head while also lining up the curve of the tail with the curve of the dragon back... It looks 100X better. The only problem is the rubber tail is now upside-down...so I want to flip it.

    BTW, I'm in Wilmington myself.
     

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