Trypticon needs repairs! Help needed!

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  1. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    Hi, I bought a Trypticon today, great condition, except for one thing, this:

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    The connector between his arm joint and his leg was snapped, which means that his walking action will not work on one side, it just flops around.

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    I really need to know how to disassemble his leg, basically, just completely remove it. Mainly so I can glue the joint back together.

    Any help would be much appreciated, I really want to get this guy back in tip-top condition.
     
  2. megacron

    megacron THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!

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    that's strange how much you get him for?
     
  3. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    Him + Brunt, both with Electronics in immaculate condition, for £60.
     
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    megacron THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!

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    do you mean take aaprt the leg or just take it off
     
  5. Mike

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    I smashed my junker not too long ago, let me check to see if I got that piece for ya, you can have it. I'll check when I get home :) 
     
  6. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    If you have, that'd be awesome, as in the entire leg piece? or the connector between arm + hip?

    If the latter, how the heck do I remove the arm + leg to install it?


    Take the whole leg, well, and arm, off, so I can repair or replace the green bit.
     
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    megacron THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ok you may need to take apart some of the body
     
  8. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    Thats what I was afraid of.

    Also, what adhesive/mode of repair would anyone suggest to use?
     
  9. Deszaras

    Deszaras In the next episode...

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    i've taken one apart a long time ago to repair the exact piece:

    - DO NOT LOSE YOUR SCREWS!
    - it is alot of work so be prepared to spend at least a few hours on it
    - you actually have to remove one entire side to get at the piece because they are all attached (body, arm, legs)
    - always put the screws that go with each piece and make sure you are working in a large area cause there are a lot of pieces.
    - don't force a screw to come out, work on another area then go back..
    - always make sure your screws are straight when putting them back in cause you might damage the joint that it fastens onto.
     
  10. Dirge121

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    How long roughly, also, Instructions please!
     
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    OK. I tooka Trypitcon totally apart a few weeks back (to clean him up proor to Reprolabelling him), so here's what I can remember.
    - You shouldn't have to remove any stickers to do this.
    - Remove the screws in that side of the body. They are located on the inside (the side you only see when he's not in dinosaur mode). There are 5 or 6 of these.
    - The arm is held on by one screw. The peice that is broken plugs into the back of it and is held in its hole by the main body.
    - You might be able to rotate theleg into a position where you can reach the screws without removing the leg from the body. If you can't, the dinosaur leg is (I think) held on with screws inside the upper leg. Take out the orange part on the inside of the leg, and you should be able to unscrew it. The broken piece is held onto the back of the leg by 2 screws.

    A couple of hints:
    - Not all the screws that hold Trypticon's parts together are the same length; what I do is as I take them out I lay them on a flat surface in roughly the same position they were in (top screw at the top, left at the left, and so on). If you put the screws back in the wrong holes you can end up with either stress marks on the outside of the plastic, or pieces that don't fit together properly.
    - Don't take the screws in & out more than you have to; it's easy to strip the thread in the plastic.
    - Do NOT over tighten the screws.
    - When you put the screw back in, put it in the hole, get the screwdriver on it, and turn it the wrong way a little (with NO pressure on it). When the screw finds its thread you should feel a little click. THEN you can tighten it up without it trying to cut a new thread in the plastic.
    Dismantling an entire Trypticon took me about 3 hours, so doing this shouldn't take you more than about 10-15 minutes tops.
     
  12. Dirge121

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    Awesome stuff Draven, thanks.

    Would you recommend Super-glueing the piece together, or waiting and seeing if Mike can supply me with an unbroken one?

    Also, would the walking mechanism still work if I superglued the connector back together, or would the pressure from the mechanism be too much and cause it to snap? Ideally, I'd like to still be able to use his electronics.
     
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    Well personally I'd wait and see if you can get hold of an unbroken one; it will look a lot better, and as you said it's very likely it'll snap again because of the stress of operation. Whichever way you do it, I definitely advise not dismantling him until you have the new part.
     
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    Right, thanks Draven, Ill hold on for now then.
     

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