Customs: To sand down or drill out?

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  1. Houndvoice

    Houndvoice Well-Known Member

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    Hi and thanks for reading this thread!

    I'm completely new to modding transformers, but I now want to exchange the legs of one one of my movie figures with those from another movie figure. They're not the same figure.

    Basically the figure I'm modding has larger hip balljoints than the one donating the legs, so I figure I have to do one of the following:

    1. sand down the hip ball joints to fit the holes in the new legs
    2. drill out the holes in the new legs to accomodate the larger hip joints.

    I'm leaning towards the first option, since if/when I fail miserably I can still put the legs back on the original figure.
    Aaaand, I'm not even sure it's possible to drill out a bigger hole for a balljoint since it needs to be a 'pressure-fit'..?

    Sorry if this is a big fuzz over nothing, but since I'm clueless and there are so many excellent radicons at TFW2005 I thought better safe than sorry...:thumbs2: 
     
  2. big hank

    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    Sand down. It's incremental and you can check for proper fitting along the way. Drill too much and you'll have loose joints and poseability will suffer. I definitely recommend sanding down, I am doing the same procedure on a figure as well and use hobby files.:thumbs2: 
     
  3. aurascope

    aurascope Kitbash Resource Indexer

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    I strongly advise you just simply buy the correct sized ball-joint sockets.
    and super-glue the sockets for the legs. All ball-joints come in standard
    diameters, even those made by hasbro.
    Sanding ball-joints are more trouble than they are worth.
    also, how do you ensure after sanding down, you still have a perfect sphere?
    your search begins below!


    ball joint PVC Figure Store
     
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    mx-01 archon Well-Known Member

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    Option C would be to transplant the balljoints themselves.
     
  5. Houndvoice

    Houndvoice Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to all for replying, I'm really glad I didn't go ahead before consulting the expertise!!! :thumbs2: 
    The ball joints look to be 4mm to me, so I'll have a search for those, and try a transplant.
     

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