I am in the planning/prepping stages of modifying a figure, and I have some questions that I couldn't find already answered! I have kitbashed a couple of model cars, but nothing with moving parts like a Transformer so this should be a fun learning experience. I plan to dye the figure from blue to black, using RIT general-purpose (Not "Dye More" intended for synthetics), since I already have some on hand. I have heard mixed reports about its effectiveness on TF plastics. If the all-purpose dye does not take to the plastic well, can I just try again with the synthetics formula, or would the first failed dye somehow inhibit it? I am also planning to attach a few styrene pieces. My question is, should I dye before or after I attach the pieces? I'm worried that the dye bath might weaken or dissolve the glue between parts, but also that glue might not stick well to already-dyed pieces even with surface prep. When I dye, should I plan to remove as many pins as possible, or leave them in place? I'm not so concerned about the dye getting into every nook and cranny, as I am about the pins potentially either rusting from the watery dye bath, or else deforming from removal. Speaking of pin removal, I do not have a soldering iron to remove capped pins with. Would using a nail heated up via candle flame, then applied to the head of the pin, achieve the same effect of softening the plastic to allow for removal? (I do already have a strong magnet, luckily) I haven't decided how to handle one particular design feature, but I am leaning towards building a hinge joint. Would CA glue be the best choice for adhering the halves of the joint even if they're under the stress of moving, or would an epoxy be stronger? There are circular mold marks on the inside of the clear plastic windows of my figure. Is there a good way to get those marks out without making the plastic hazy/scratched up, or should I just learn to live with them? I think those are all the questions I have right now, but I'm sure I'll come up with some more as this project progresses. Thanks in advance for any advice you guys have!