Customs: Removing rivets?

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  1. Hotspot17

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    Does anybody on here know how to safely remove rivets and replace them? Any ideas? I need to replace the tail rotor off of a G1 Sandstorm. What's the best way to remove it without causing too much damage? Ideas?
     
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    On a normal rivet, you just drill it out with the same size bit as the origonal hole.
    With metal rivets in plastic, I would just drill for short periods so you don't melt the plastic.

    I think those are different rivets than you can buy at a hardware store??

    Hopefully someone else knows for sure.
     
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    Is it a rivet, or one of those pins with the broad flat head. If it's a pin, you can heat the head of it up, then tug tail rotor off. It will eiather take the pin with it, or slip over it, and go back to its old shape. If it just slips over it, the pin should still be hot enough that you can pull it out with a pair of pliers.

    If it's an actual rivet, you'll probably have to drill it out, or grind off one end.
     
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    I really wish more people consulted the Ultimate Kitbasher's Resource that is stickied to the top of the forum when they have simple questions like these :) 
     
  5. Hotspot17

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    Oops, sorry about that. Stilling trying to get use to tfw2005's lay out.
     
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    No, it's an actually rivet, not a pin. I"ll try the drilling method and see what happens.
     

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