WARBOT DEFENDER! i need help!

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  1. drpepper

    drpepper Commander of the Fizzy Po

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    Hi all.

    ive got a warbot defender which ive had for about 6 months now, but the legs have been insanely loose on the ratchet knee joint since day one.
    now im no kit basher, but i need a quick fix for this because i spent £80 on a figure that i cant display cos it wont stand up.

    any help is appreciated

    thanks guys!
     

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    Robot.MacGyver Improvisational Engineer

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    Take apart, crazy glue affected areas, let dry, and re assemble.
    Good to do a few layers.
    Should tighten things up a little.
    It will wear off eventually, but it works.
     
  3. drpepper

    drpepper Commander of the Fizzy Po

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    thanks buddy.
    any hints as to how to disassemble? i can only see the one screw on the inner thigh and it doesnt seem to be connected to the knee =s
     
  4. Thinktank

    Thinktank Well-Known Member

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    Defender uses these "Spring pins" in various joints including the knees.
    It is a massive pain inthe skidplate to get his knee pins out.

    You will need to remove the shin/tail part and then drive the pin
    out with a pin punch or small screw driver. Then you cut a
    shimm out of card or thin plastic (clear blister card plastic is good)
    and punch a hole in it with the removed pid for a perfect fit.
    Reassemble with the shim in the joint and it will tighten the
    tollerences in the knee so it is nice and tight.

    There is an easy/lazy way of fixing this issue. Take some thread or
    high test fishing line and get it around the pin on one side and tie it
    with a surgeons' knot and seal it with some Elmer's.
    After it dries cut off the excees thread. This second method will
    need to be repeated periodically as the thread wears down.
     
  5. drpepper

    drpepper Commander of the Fizzy Po

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    getting the pins out wont be a problem, i have a pin punch at work. but im confuzed as to what you mean by Shimm? im sorry to be a pain in the backside, but this is my first Mod and i havnt exactly chose an easy one. i really appreciate the help =)
     
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    Thinktank Well-Known Member

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    No problem sir, Warbot is not a cheap to replace fellow
    so I understand your caution.

    A shim is a "spacer" of thin material used to add
    friction and or take up depth to provide a tight fit.

    Would you like to know more?!:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shim_(spacer)
     
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    drpepper Commander of the Fizzy Po

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    Ah ok, im with you! thanks for all your help thinktank. =) so all i need to do is pin punch the spring bar in the knee, and install a make shift spacer? sounds simpler than i thought =)

    ...and there are the famous last words wherein i break my expensive toy...=S hahahah

    heres hoping!

    once again, thank you for all your help guys. ill post the outcome when i do it =)
     
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    Thinktank Well-Known Member

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    Glad to help.

    Pro-tip:
    The spring pins may have some compression tension, so you
    may wish to re-pin them with more conventional pins.
    As it may fight you during reassembly.
     
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    drpepper Commander of the Fizzy Po

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    yeah, ive encounted that before. im a watch/shoe repairer by trade so ive got loads of spring pins in stock =)
     
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    beigoma Autobot TFW2005 Supporter

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    Here's a tip that I learned the hard way while trying to remove paint.

    Try it first on a toy you don't care about! You've probably got a "least favorite transformer" lying about. Take his pins out and put them back in to see what happens. :) 
     
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    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    This so reminds me of the best Dutch filmmaker of all times!!!

    PAUL VERHOEVEN and his StarShip Troopers!!! :bowdown: 
     
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    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Discussion threads go in Creative GD, so here we are!

    I hope you can get your help!
     
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    drpepper Commander of the Fizzy Po

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    not a bad idea, however i cant think off the top of my head of any figures that use spring bars...a lot of my figures are ball jointed or ratcheted...(unless im being dense and they're very well hidden)
     

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