Minor/Repaint: MP-44 General Fix Thread

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by BrutiKing, Sep 3, 2019.

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Which knee on your MP-44 broke?

  1. None

    59.5%
  2. Right Knee

    7.1%
  3. Left Knee

    15.5%
  4. Both

    17.9%
  1. JonnyHanukkah

    JonnyHanukkah Well-Known Member

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    I am contacting amazon Japan now but they want me to pay for the return shipping, which is ridiculous
     
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  2. BrutiKing

    BrutiKing Apparently Ratchet Now.

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    They do reimburse you. 12000 yen goes back to your original payment method, and the rest by gift card.
     
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  3. MoonStreakr

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    I completed the knee fix successfully thanks to the tutorials in this thread. Thank you to all who contributed!

    For those yet to perform the fix:

    After remove not the lower legs, both knees shot the springs and ratchets across the room. Be sure to remove them manually before they go flying.
    (This is the ratchet piece that stays attached to the upper leg after you remove the lower leg. It has a charged spring right behind it waiting to fly off. Also this is the whole reason for the problem; see below). I found reassembly to be far and away the most difficult part. Getting everything lined up in the lower knee is a pain.

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    I believe the other half of the ratchet that's up against the spring is the cause of the failure. It was pointed out that it's on the post too tightly and this is correct. It's not rebounding with the ratchet teeth properly, and that's what is causing the other piece to fail.

    I shaved off the edge of the post and twirled my exacto knife around inside the gear to take a very tiny amount of plastic off. I'm pretty sure this is crucial.

    Fianlly, use Crazy Glue brand. Gorilla glue sucks
     
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  4. g0tht3ch

    g0tht3ch Well-Known Member

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    It's the screw on the centre of the lower ratchet, visible when you take the leg apart per the fix instructions.

    Tightening a bit more pushes the pieces together but don't over do it as it can strip the plastic inside the screw channel.
     
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  5. BrutiKing

    BrutiKing Apparently Ratchet Now.

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    Huh. Did gorilla glue not work for you? It was quite successful for several other people.
     
  6. Jarrod

    Jarrod Semi-retired Builder

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    Yep, if the inner ratchet piece is also too snug, it could definitely cause damage too. If it doesn't move up and down the shaft properly, to move out of the way to allow the other half of the ratchet to rotate, that could also mean you'd damage the housing.

    Sounds like tolerance between copies will vary (for example, on mine, that inner ratchet moves fine, but yours does not), but once again that shaft being too tight is the culprit!
     
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  7. God Orion

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    Can you point me where you can buy this sort of metal rod?
     
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    Jarrod Semi-retired Builder

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  9. God Orion

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    Thank you! Found some from my local DIY store. Haven’t tried it yet. But so far it seems the knees are fixed. Tried several poses and yes, it seems the worries are over! I did not bother too much as it could handle a pose no problemo but as I started the fix, I had to finish it. Followed every steps that @BrutiKing took the time to explain and followed @Jarrod ’s few maintenance steps. They were very accurate and are very helpful. I could feel all the resistance when trying the parts and now it’s all good. I love this figure soooo much I can’t explain.
     
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    « Thank you everybody! »

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  11. BrutiKing

    BrutiKing Apparently Ratchet Now.

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  12. GX9901DoubleX

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    Awesome that it worked out for you. This fix certainly skyrocketed my enjoyment of MP-44.
     
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    Can't tell enough how you and @Jarrod have been helpful with that!

    Well, it wasn't an issue at first as my MP44 could hold a pose without a problem but seeing I have started fixing it, I wanted to achieve it and be happy that it's done! And honestly, transformed it twice and posed it a bit with my wife to take some nice pictures and it seems to work without even worrying which knee I should bend first. If that breaks, I will use the rod method to make it last. Couldn't be more happy to find him and I must admit it even more awesome to know his knees problems belong to the past!
     
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  14. RichP

    RichP KO BG Superior OG BG Inferior

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    any advice on fixing the stand? It keeps collapsing when I attach Prime to it. the locking mechanism doesn't work
     
  15. BrutiKing

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    I believe the fix is to disassemble the stand and sand down the teeth and the notches where they fit in. Slightly sand and test until you feel it is right. Like MP-36's stand though, it's not the most stable thing ever.
     
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  16. RichP

    RichP KO BG Superior OG BG Inferior

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    really appreciate the help, but i keep thinking you're avatar is kylo ren cosplaying as OP.
     
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  17. BrutiKing

    BrutiKing Apparently Ratchet Now.

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    Lol. Let's make that happen. Check in a bit and we'll see.
     
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    RichP KO BG Superior OG BG Inferior

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    haha oh man... what has started... I don't know if the forum is ready, but they better be.
     
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  19. BrutiKing

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    Here we go :p 
     
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  20. Robotmonkeys

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    So these are my copy’s shoulders:
    Left:
    4B9D99D1-6E47-4658-8D33-04852B4955F1.jpeg Right: 655C68C6-C5C6-4C41-9973-3B4B0E9778F0.jpeg as you can see, where the shoulder attaches to the ratcheted joint does not sit flush. You can even see the teeth of the ratchet. 4FC402D4-D84C-44B9-9074-90594C166369.jpeg While it doesn’t affect bot mode, this does affect truck mode ever so slightly. It creates a gap on the roof and I feel like the side truck panel doesn’t tab as well as it was intended.

    @BrutiKing @Jarrod
    Any ideas of what’s causing this? Probable easy fix?
    Thanks fellas!
     
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