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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Lazerface » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:55 pm

Does anyone know a good way to keep G1 Dinobot Slag's mouth from falling open?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby JohnOfTardis67 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:45 am

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Does anyone know the pinouts for the connectors of the sound box from the old Ultimate Bumblebee?

Mine died of broken legs as it could not stand up any more as the locking pin that stops the left leg collapsing when yo extend them failed and it fall off the top of a tall bookcase. So I scavanged out the battery box / sound unit and want to use this with a few switches and a better speaker to get all the sounds manually.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Lazerface » Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:41 pm

Are there any knock off parts to repair common things that break on the old G1 toys?

Specifically, I need a replacement tape deck for Soundwave, and don't want to hunt one down on ebay.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby JohnOfTardis67 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:36 pm

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Can the wheels on ROTF Leader Optimus Prime be locked in place when you have it n vehicle mode? Every time I transform it back to a truck the wheels at the back splay out and won't sit straight..

Also doing up the bonnet is a pain for me. I solved this by cutting off two of the tabs, now it's much easier and less stressful.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Lazerface » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:01 pm

The spring in my G1 Rumble doesn't hold his head up all the way. I don't see any screws holding it together. How can I go about taking it apart to replace that spring without breaking anything?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Pretender Skywarp » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:11 am

Anyone on here had any experience replacing the tyres on their figs? I'm thinking that Scalextrix or some other model company must do them but would have no idea where to seat with the sizings.

I need a front tyre for a G1 Wheeljack I'm restoring.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby bumblebee97 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:57 pm

My brother broke the right arm off of my Transformers Cybertron Series Rodimus Prime/ Hot Shot how can i fix it???
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby JohnOfTardis67 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:23 pm

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JohnOfTardis67 wrote:Can the wheels on ROTF Leader Optimus Prime be locked in place when you have it n vehicle mode? Every time I transform it back to a truck the wheels at the back splay out and won't sit straight..

Also doing up the bonnet is a pain for me. I solved this by cutting off two of the tabs, now it's much easier and less stressful.


No one know anyone that can help with these electronics?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Lazerface » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:02 pm

I have a G1 Dinobot Snarl. If I pick him up holding the top half, his waist just falls down all the way. It should be tighter, and only do this as part of his transformation.

If I take it apart is there anything I can tighten that will fix this? I considered wrapping a sticker around it, or painting with clear nail polish, but I don't want to do anything destructive.

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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Phantron » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:22 pm

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Have some problems with RotF Mindwipe and Bludgeon.

Mindwipe: The gold colored plastic around his ankles is starting to crack. Is there a way to fix it or prevent it from breaking eventually?

Bludgeon: The back or base of his hands have a small crack. Again, is there a way to fix it or prevent it from breaking?

and yes I've tried the blowdryer trick on Bludgeon and it didn't work.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Twitchythe3rd » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:19 pm

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This isn't really a major problem but it's bugging me.

DOTM Sideswipe's hood keeps falling off whenever I so much as breathe on it. I can see the connecters that hold it on are just really small and gimpy. Would a little glue on those gimpy pieces help the hood stay on?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Va'al » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:49 am

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Generations Darkmount has broken.
Only slightly, but it will not allow me to transform him back into alt modes.

The part in question is the little round joint behind the right arm, which allows the tracks to swivel into tank mode. It's a grey plastic ring, held in place by the shoulder pad/front of tank blue flap, and it just snapped due to it being quite stiff to rotate.

Is there any way of repairing it, or should I just resign and keep him in his robot mode until next December, when the world will end?

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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby AdamPrime » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:18 am

Phantron wrote:
Bludgeon: The back or base of his hands have a small crack. Again, is there a way to fix it or prevent it from breaking?

and yes I've tried the blowdryer trick on Bludgeon and it didn't work.


Just a theory:

His hands crack because of the strain caused by inserting the sword, right? Perhaps if you were to increase the aperture of his hand slightly, by a fraction of a millimetre, it would prevent breakage.
Immerse the hand in boiling water for a minute or so, then insert the sword into his hand and let it cool. Or even, use the shaft of a screwdriver or pencil that's a tiny bit bigger than the sword handle. That way, there will be less strain on his hand when he's holding the weapon.

I do this with many of my TFs and action figures to correct wonky or misshapen parts. It may work, it may not. ;)
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Stormrider » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:12 pm

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My MP10 Optimus Prime suffers from floppy ankles. Tightening the screws didn't have any affect. The ankle is loose front to back and side to side. How best to fix?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Jiah » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:51 am

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Real quick question: Does anyone know how to keep joints on Transformers strong, or how to recover those that aren't? Thanks.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby AdamPrime » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:06 pm

Depends on the type of joint.... Floppy ball joints can be restored with a bit of superglue on the ball end (I believe there's a post here somewhere detailing the technique).
Friction joints can be maintained by keeping dirt and grit out, and occasionally tightening any screws a little if needed. A plastic washer may help keep them tight and avoid wear.

Ratchet joints will either last forever or wear to nothing, depending on how much you play with the toy and how well-made they are. Again, keeping them clean will do wonders.
If your ratchets go, it may be a case of replacing the spring, or finding a new ratchet piece. The latter will be very difficult, of course.

;) Bottom line, keep them clean, avoid overtightening screws, and pray to the joint gods daily.

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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Jiah » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:11 pm

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Thanks so much!! This question was bugging me for so long. That's some good advice.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby AdamPrime » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:28 pm

No problemo! :P
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Jiah » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:48 pm

Motto: "If you can't beat 'em, you probably need a bigger gun."
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So, I have one other question. Does anyone know how to touch up scratches? I try my best to keep them from anything else that might scratch it. Does anyone know how fix these? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby AdamPrime » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:44 am

Scratches, like diamonds, are forever. I guess you could try sanding down with really, REALLY fine sandpaper (like, 1200 grit), but you'd take the gloss off the plastic real good. Alright if you're repainting, though.

Those waxy 'scratch pens' for cars and furniture may be a temporary fix... Or you could fill it with a bit of epoxy resin. Or even rub the surface down with some cellulose thinner, that might take a layer or two off and blend the scratch in. May also warp or melt the plastic, though.

I'd say it's not worth trying to remove scratches... It may only make things worse... :sad:
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby RodimusConvoy89 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:53 am

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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby SkyWarpsGhost » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:47 am

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Stress cracks on C pillar above fuel cap, on drives door beside the handle and on trunk/boot lid.
This is the 2nd Rumble I currently own, the 1st was from a collector who just had it displayed. This 2nd one however looks like its been played with. Can anyone else confirm any stress cracks appearing? The plastic looks kind of translucent, maybe not the best way to discribe it but I'm thinking it's brittle possibly because of the colour.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Lazerface » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:16 pm

Does anyone have any tips on tightening G1 Ravage's leg joints. Not the "shoulder" part, but the "elbows". Is there some sort of tool to squeeze the metal clasp together?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Turbine » Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:55 pm

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I got a G1 megatron recently and his cannon fire button is stuck. how can it be fixed?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Fires_Of_Inferno » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:48 pm

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I'm looking for replacement parts for my Laser Rods Sizzle. The parts that everyone want's to get for laser rod figures really. Need a sword and new LED setup. I got Sizzle a while ago and at first the LED worked, but now it's not doing what it should do. So I gotta replace it. Anyone here who can hook me up or who knows where I can get myself some replacements?
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