Minor/Repaint: Need your help: Galvatron Titans Return M'fr Defect

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  1. RaccoonimusPrime

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    Guys, there is so much creativity and know-how in this forum I'm hoping you can help me. Got a Galvatron Titans Return only to discover that one of his feet was put on backwards. Check out the image below - the foot on the left of the picture.

    I'm not an expert at taking these guys apart and making mods. Can these legs be disassembled so I can flip the foot around properly?
     

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  2. Jhund

    Jhund Screws>Pins

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    Looks like a pin joint holding it , mind taking a shot of the interior to show how it's held together ? If it's a pint joint, you have to hammer it out or use a soldering kit. There some tutorials on YouTube on removing and refitting pinjoints
     
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  3. RaccoonimusPrime

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    Yes pretty sure it is a pin joint, the leg looks like it's one plastic mold. I'll get a pic of it if it would help - what do you mean by hammering it out, if I have an electronics tool kit would I probably have what I need?
     
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    You should check this out and there's some other videos regarding this.
     
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  5. RaccoonimusPrime

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    Legend. I will check this out this afternoon and report back.
     
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    Yeah you need to pop a pin. You can see which side has the grooved end by looking at it from underneath. It's actually not too difficult to get out. Just use something to push it out, like a small flathead screwdriver, and maybe something to tap it out. When done you can push it back in with a pair of pliers
     
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    When removing pins, pliers are your best friend.
     
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  8. RaccoonimusPrime

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    You guys were all totally right. I am too new to the forum to post a link, but the YouTube video that showed me exactly what I needed to see was the one from anovasinn titled "How to remove pins from your transformers,pin removal tutorial".

    I used an electronics screwdriver with a flat head, and hammered it with a screwdriver until the pin moved. Then used pliers to pull it out. Flipped the foot. Then tapped the pin back into place, again using the screwdriver-as-hammer technique. I fully expected damage but it looks good as new. For the record, I guessed wrong the first time around about which end of the pin was the textured end, so I had a false start and needed to push it back through.

    In the spirit of 'pics or it didn't happen' here are some shots of repaired Galvatron. THANK YOU!

    (Sidebar - I really like this Galvatron remake, and adore the mods you guys have done that I've seen in these forums. I'm old enough to have had a G1 Galvatron as a kid and grew up on the movie. The designers incorporated the movie Galvatron look, key elements from the G1 toy, and a head that is obviously an homage to Megatron. This was a labor of love for someone, even if my model's foot was installed backwards) :) 

    GalvatronFixedFoot.jpg

    GalvatronBackFoot.jpg
     
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  9. POSSESSED_DIGIT

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    Cool. Glad it worked out for you!
     
  10. RaccoonimusPrime

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    One curious question. How could I have known which end of the pin was the grooved end? See pic of the underside above. You mentioned you can tell somehow, so is there a subtle indicator I missed?
     
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    Sometimes the pin pushes a bit of plastic as it goes into the piece, so the end with a tiny amount of plastic over the end is the smooth end that should be driven back out to pop the pin.
    Sometimes there are other tells, like obvious snip-off marks or even visible kerf marks.
    A good example are the pins holding the cockpit section. The clear part shows the pins quite easily (on the left side):

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    Another easily seen spot is the pin that holds the section to the body:

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  12. RaccoonimusPrime

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    Great info. Maybe there should be a tutorials section on the site.
     
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    Good on you for fixing it over returning it. A lot of people would just go straight back to the store, even with such a simple fix.

    Every collector should know how to pop a pin.
     
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    I'm glad that worked out for you! You've taken your first step into a larger world.