Minor/Repaint: Salvaging a broken galvatron fix

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  1. nemisispringer

    nemisispringer Well-Known Member

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    So I tried the kingdom galvatron shoulder fix but the pins on my copy weren't going anywhere at all even after copious amounts of boiling water .

    received_1202628576878957.jpeg The pry tools were cheap and quite soft but even so the pins sailed clear through the shoulder plastic upon prying.
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    My next issue was I then didn't have enough clearance with the pins in the way to get the arms off and there wasn't enough room to pry them out. My solution? Nail them further in using a pin press then slide off as the fix suggested.
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    Thought I could then remove the pins but no luck and when reattached the shoulders were loose and wouldn't pin back under pressure. The solution? Careful thread a junior hacksaw blade through the back of the shoulder and slowly saw it off.
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    Thought I could finally pull the pin at this point but don't have a soldering iron readily available and still wasn't coming. Stripped around the pin and attempted again but no luck. Luckily the exposed pin now meant the back of the shoulder would now push back on past the pin head.

    Thickened the shoulder joint with clear nail polish and reattached the arm, job done salvage complete IMG_20210811_150042.jpg
     
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  2. ziltama

    ziltama Mods, molds, and casts. Also full of hot gas.

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    Yeah, this is one of the reasons why I didn't advocate for the various shoulder fixes. Good job trying to fix.
     
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  3. lastmaximal

    lastmaximal Hellspark

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    Wow, and I thought my failed fix where I broke the post on the wrong end (where it's cast attached to the front of the shoulder, rather than popping the pin free) was bad. This break is pretty dire, and you did an amazing job saving it. Looks like the hot water softened the lip around the rivet head, creating the opposite result than you wanted (the lip holding the rivet until the ridged end popped free).

    There's a potentially pricey learning curve, but you definitely had the skill to make the most of this.
     
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  4. NemesisNerd

    NemesisNerd Well-Known Member

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    Wow! I guess I got lucky with my pry tools and heat gun. I had no issues. Just had to use some patience.
     
  5. kalron

    kalron Technician/Sculptor

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    Great info here, good to see success out of failure.

    I just opened mine and it's wrong. I was thinking of using a soldering iron to heat the pin first before trying to pry. I'm also ok with just swiveling the shoulders to the right position. Maybe one day I'll get brave enough.
     
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  6. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    I think this looks great! You saved it & made it look good. Nice job!

    I planned to do mine weeks back & actually started it, but I double checked the articulation/transformation to see it wasn't necessarily needed. If you fix the shoulders the way they're meant to be, the treads tab into the back of the now reversed shoulder.

    It's legit to what they intended & designed, but if you plan to pose using the bicep swivel, you'd need to untab the treads again. I left mine & picked up the arm filler 3D printed parts, which came with 2 round dots to pop into the pin holes. Works great & I can remove if I want later.
     
  7. maxxzander

    maxxzander Well-Known Member

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    This is a job for skilled person.... idiots like me are better off with the "front pin showing easy fix mode" now all I have to do is to cover up the pin hole..anyway u did a great job! Salute to u!
     
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