Customs: Need opinion on joint replacements

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  1. laugin

    laugin New Member

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    Hello

    Please help if you can

    I got this AOE Optimus Prime with its arms missing. It's got these gear looking joints. I was wondering if there is a way to add some ball joints glued on top of these so I can add some customized arms. Any ideas?
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  2. Yaujta

    Yaujta De-Headmasterizator TFW2005 Supporter

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    It would probably be easier to just replace the joints entirely rather than gluing new ones to what's there.
     
  3. laugin

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    Those joints are pretty tight on there I dont think I can get them out.
     
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    Just looked at my copies. There is a flat head pin holding the joint to the truck wall.
    That would need heated up with a soldering iron just enough to soften the plastic to be able to pull the joint off.
     
  5. laugin

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    oh ok I see then which type of ball joints should I try afterwards

    Thanks for your help
     
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    You may want to try cannibalizing another figure for the joints as the size and measurements will need to be very precise. The Evasion mold leaves little wiggle room.
     
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    As Yaujta said, better to remove the joint and replace it completely. Gluing a new one wont hold if you try to articulate it without adding skeletal impants, and even then it wont be a lasting solution.
     
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    But I think there is no other option other than gluing if the joint is unable to pull out.
     
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    You can add a screw or a pin into the ball joint and have it as a skeleton of sorts that will keep the glued sections joined and help reduce breakage. It wont become invurnerable mind you but it works.

    I did that into a G1 junker onslaught that had a broken T section joint and it holds firm. Different from a ball joint, however the theory is the same. You just find a very slim screw or pin and use a micro drill to open the hole. You glue the drilled section in place and then press the screw/drill in and you are set to go.
     

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    So I tried the other ways it hasnt worked out yet

    Hey Pilot funny that I actually have the same Onslaught situation.

    Your idea is brilliant, but sounds very hard. I need to look for tools first
     
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    All credit goes to my Dad. A 62 year old dude that can fix even a spaceship if you give him the right tools.

    It actually is simple as hell, you just need to measure the T section body (not the head) and find the actual sized drill with a matching screw. Thats the only difficult part. The rest is really as simple as gluing and drilling and screwing (those three last words sounded...weird).
     
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    That is a good idea but think it requires more time.
     
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    Took me an hour or so on onslaught due to the size of the section I wanted to drill since I had to be extra carefull, depending on the size of other objects it might be faster. The problem is to find the right screw and drill combo and I admit, thats a pain in the rear.
     
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    Anyway, it is a good option. :) 
     
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    Hope it helps good luck and post pics when its ready pl0x :cool: 
     

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