itc128 wrote:Luckily I managed to pick up Overlord in the UK as G1 was on its last legs. My toy is in pretty good shape ... although it suffers from droopy wings!
Does anyone know of a method of correcting this? I know how to fix loose ball joints using the nail polish method .. but I am guessing that fixing my figure's problem will require a bit more brute force (a scary idea for a valuable collectible!!)
Droopy wings (and rudders)
are a very common issue with Overlord, due to the fact that the tabs in the engines, that should supply the counter-force necessary to keep up those wings, are poorly designed and crack very easily with normal use (due to that pressure from the wings when they are folded)
I had this problem with my European Overlord
: most of the tabs for the wings and rudders had cracked and one had simply broken off. Shown below are the rudders and the broken tab on the left rudder (the right one has cracked)
: this same problem also exists in the main (black)
wings, but these are less visible in the pictures (excuses for the poor lighting)
I quickly found out that glueing the tabs back on wasn't a permanent solution. So what I did first was to detach the engines, by unscrewing the two halves (be careful, because there is a weak spring in there for the ratcheting arms)
Next, I took off the wings by carefully pulling out the long pins (they seem to be relatively easy to push/pull out on most Overlords)
. Then, I added a couple of layers of tape in the slot where the wing-pins run through. You should add just enough tape so that the friction between the slot and the pin becomes enough to hold up the wing, once you've put everything together again (which is what you do next)
I guarantee that no brute force is necessary for this fix, and taking Overlord apart and putting him back together again is easy if you have had a little experience with fixing G1 TF's. The fix is also completely reversible if you want to undo it.