Discussion in 'Creative General Discussion' started by Alpha, Oct 24, 2006.
Like the title says, how do you knock pins out? An example would be the ransack strut swap.
Get a watch pin remover, something like this.
Does Wal-Mart or some store like that have them?
That wrist-band pin remover is one way, but the way grandpa taught me back in my farming days was to use something like this set of punches and a small jeweler's hammer, and if you feel you need it, something to clamp it solidly to a table with.
I know my set of punches has been invaluable when it comes to breaking apart toys for repairs or painting. Those wrist-band pin removers are OK, but eventually you'll find something that won't fit in it and then you'll have to break out the punches anyway.
That's a neat tool, but there's another way that a lot of folks do this that's worth trying. Check out this link from the Exhaustive Kitbasher's Guide at the top of this forum.
I should have looked there.
The article doesn't mention it but a pin punch really is the best tool to use.
Go to any hardware store and ask for a 1/16" pin punch. It's the only size you need and it can be purchased seperately or in a set.
The one I got cost about $3 and looks like this:
It's a life saver as well as a finger saver!
The only thing that's bad about it is that it's hard to use in tight areas. Such as the pins on Alt Primes hood.
Lobo, I figure here is as good a place as any to ask - if Transtopia goes down in earnest, can you send me those pics for the pin how-to? I'll rehost them on my imageshack account and, with RL's permission, we could put them in the Exhaustive Kitbasher's guide here.
hey I have no problems with that if that were to happen. I love that place though, so I hope it stays!
Actually, I did that for Transtopia so as far as I'm concerned it belongs to TFM.
Good news is that as part of the merge, it'll be reposted at Seibertron. Along with some new articles that I have in mind.
Hello, I'm attempting my first kitbash and trying to remove pins from Classics Megatron. I've got the exact Dasco Pro tool in your picture. I've been tapping for a half hour now and am not seeing any obvious movement. How long does it usually take you to remove a pin? Thanks in advance.
all I can say is "hit it harder!"
and yes, I'm serious as I can be. sometimes you have to knock the shit outta something before it finally budges.
Another useful tip from grandpa: Penetrating oil can be your friend. So long as you've got something to clean it up with before you put crap back together.
Penetrating oil in grandpa's world is WD-40 to us commoners.
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