Lockdown hand repair problems.

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Dirge121, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    Starting this thread because I feel I'm the only idiot on the internet who can't do this.

    I've been told that in order to fix his wierd wrists, I need to remove some of the hand with a dremel (don't have an exacto knife).
    I know where to remove the part.

    Problem is, how do I remove it?

    Most tutorials just breeze over the fact that a lot of plastic is blocking the piece you need to remove.

    After looking at my dremel I have determined that it would be absolutely impossible to remove the piece of the hand without destroying the arm completely.

    So my question is this.
    How are people doing it?
    Am I missing something that would allow me to remove the hand so the bit I need to cut isnt blocked from view on all sides?

    Am I just being stupid here, or is this a really complex mod, that most people tend to explain in about 2 lines?

    And help would be great, at this point it seems snapping the hand off, then cutting it and supergluing it back is my only option.
     
  2. Trailbreaker77

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    Yes, more detail please I will be getting lockdown later today.
     
  3. Optimus Layne

    Optimus Layne Autobot Commander

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  4. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    Yeah, Jin's was the first I found.
    Sadly, like I say, there is no way I can get a dremel in there. Not without shredding half the plastic around it.
     
  5. Optimus Layne

    Optimus Layne Autobot Commander

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    try it with the hand open as much as possible and shave it off little by little
     
  6. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    Thats the thing, you bit you need to remove, doesnt ever get clear of the black plastic forming the underside of his arm.
    I can't find any way to get at it with a dremel.
     
  7. Optimus Layne

    Optimus Layne Autobot Commander

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    just pull off his hand and snap it back on after you cut it ,with some force done right it should pull off
     
  8. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    EDIT: Nevermind. I did it.
    Using a combo of circular saw and drill bit.
    Not particularly neat, but its all hidden anyway.

    I tried it on the arm that would use the hook as a practise, and it worked.
    I now have a lockdown with two fully fuctional hands. Yay!
     
  9. DWN013

    DWN013 Holy crap in a pita!

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    My advice would be to go out and buy an exacto knife. Doesn't have to be name brand, the one I got was only a few dollars and the quality isn't noticeably low or anything. Its the only way I was able to mod my lockdown. Although it took me a while to get the left hand satisfactory so I was like "screw it, I'll just leave the hook on the right all the time".

    EDIT: One of us should of posted faster.
     
  10. Cyberwolf1980

    Cyberwolf1980 Deceptus Templar C-Dub TFW2005 Supporter

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    I just did my Lockdowns left hand using the blade in my box cutter and it worked like a charm. Unless you're looking closely you won't notice
     
  11. shortround

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    u gust pull on the hand and it comes off
     
  12. zeroXII

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    I actually just used a penknife. It took a while, but not too long.
     
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    I used my dremel with a large spherical engraving bit, and just bore through the part of his hand that contacts the black plastic in the arm piece, so now when the hand pivots back, the cutout fits right over the black plastic bit. It was easy enough, but the friction from the dremel began to melt the plastic shavings in the newly created hole, so I had to break them up and dig them out with a small screwdriver.
     
  14. shadow panther

    shadow panther Mechanically Insane

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    i used a small flathead screwdriver heated it up until it was glowing red hot and cut through the plastic like butter
     
  15. Predaking

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    I really hate doing anything to my toys. Is the problem very noticeable that something has to be done about it?
     
  16. kaizer3000

    kaizer3000 I..AM...A MACHINE!!

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    thats the similar method i used, only i used a very small screwdriver to "drill" a hole in the hands (i have no confidence in "cutting" with hot flat head screwdriver...one stupid mistake and may make the hole too big or may injure myself)

    as i "drill" hole, i try make it wider n wider while testing the arm movements...took me around 20 mins to get done...the hard part was doing on the 1st hand (took me around 15 mins!!!)...on the 2nd hand was easier coz i already know what need to be done and how big the hole should be (took me 5 mins)
     

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