Check your MP-05, several are already rusting!

Transformers News: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting!

Monday, August 27th, 2007 10:34PM CDT

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It has come to our attention from several Seibertron.com members that MP-05 may have a rust problem.

It appears that on some MP-05's, the diecast in the feet is wearing and becoming rusty, even in normal dry conditions.

Some members have also posted some suggestions on how to combat this "Cosmic Rust" and save Megatron from degrading ankels on down.

Some of the ways to save your Megatron are:
WD-40 for protection
Vinegar for rust removal
Clearcoat for protection

So make sure to check your MP-05 and let us know exactly how widespread a problem this is!
Credit(s): 0ctane
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Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310109)
Posted by Blozor on August 27th, 2007 @ 10:43pm CDT
Uh-oh. Mine has some pitting / spotting too. I never really looked at the feet in the past few months. Crap.

What really worries me is that his spine is also metal and really rather narrow.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310119)
Posted by Fussion on August 27th, 2007 @ 10:49pm CDT
*Stupid question time*

These are from china, and could have been shipped (on a boat).
Could "Sea air" accelerate rusting from the salt in the air?
I have bought a few things from California and the sea air seems to have an effect... Any thoughts?
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310121)
Posted by SpacerAM2 on August 27th, 2007 @ 10:50pm CDT
Octane I feel your pain. Broke two small brittle plastic tabs by transforming him a couple of times. Broke it in less of a week. Mp 6 Megatron is cheaply done. You can't transform him much. Only display him for a little while but not the whole day or it will get cosmic rust later. I wish the Chinese bootleggers made some replacement parts for him.
But seriously this collector's toy is a bad investment. It's overpriced and it's junk. Just had to say it. I've been frustrated since I've bought it on early April. Several months ago.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310127)
Posted by skywarp-2 on August 27th, 2007 @ 10:54pm CDT
Well since it's late and I am bored and the fact there are only 2 pages thus far, I read through all the ideas... and yeah WD-40 is your best rust remover... the clear coat is a real critical choice, the best clear coat to buy in the Hobby world or any market for that matter is the Tamiya Flat clear coat..

Let me give you an example of how powerful this stuff is.....

Once apon a time there were only soft vinyl static Guyver model kits, and not the fine quality toys we have today, a young amatuer hobbyist with a little professional help succeeded in painting a Guyver 1 limited figure that was authentically MAX Factory....the Model came out wonderfully.. all that was left was to let it dry overnight and clean and paint a clear coat over the painted work of art..

The next day to the hobbyists horror the model was still sticky to the touch.. 3 days past and no change, to his dismay the amatuer hobbyist called the professional who preceded to explain that TESTORS ENAMEL paints are in no way suitable for Vinyl!!!! Acrylics is what is used for that
type of material..with a whole in his heart he asked if there was anything that he could do..???

The Professional replied, Yes!! let me tell you of a Product called Tamiya Clear coat....this should fix the problem, he said... and with heavy coats of clear coat and a days worth of drying..the model was finally "almost" entirely sticky free..!!!

I asked the Professional what would have happened over time had I left it without the clear coat?? he said he was amazed that it hadn't melted or degraded in some way.. that was 7 years ago, I still have that model, and I think that the only reason it is still in perfect condition is because it's held together completely by Tamiya Clear Coat...Now I freaking Swear by that stuff!!!
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310134)
Posted by Collector Maximus on August 27th, 2007 @ 10:58pm CDT
Damn!
Just when you thought it was so great to have an MP Megatron...
I blame Hasbro.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310140)
Posted by skywarp-2 on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:02pm CDT
In fact I think I am gonna stop by the parents house, open my boxed Megatron and paint some clear coat on the feet just in case...I don't want it to rust down the road...might as well save me some WD-40 work..
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310152)
Posted by chrisjbrandon on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:09pm CDT
Damn mine is two... :?
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310165)
Posted by NightFall on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:16pm CDT
I just went to check mines, and yes a bit rusty, kinda pisses me off, but I'll try the vinegar.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310166)
Posted by metalformer on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:16pm CDT
MP Megatron + (Cosmic)Rust ? :shock: Too much of a coincidence! :CON: Sorry I can't contribute with tips since I don't have one :sad: and therefore have not such an ordeal.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310167)
Posted by Seibertron on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:18pm CDT
0ctane wrote:Image


ACK! Mine is doing the exact same thing. I just treated his metal parts with some WD-40. It seemed to clean up easy enough. I just transformed the legs on the one I keep in gun mode that I haven't handled since I removed it from the package ... same exact damn thing. That's most frustrating! Definitely something to keep our optics on.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310183)
Posted by 009* on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:33pm CDT
I haven't noticed anything on mine yet, but should I soak the parts in vinegar/wd 40 or just wipe them down?

Also, I thought the parts were made out of zinc. The MP-1 manual states that's what Prime's made of.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310184)
Posted by gogleman374 on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:33pm CDT
Phew, my MP Megs feet are safe. But I will use those steps to try and protect him.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310196)
Posted by ScottyP on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:39pm CDT
Mine looks fine...

and I'm in humidity city...
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310211)
Posted by Basketball Jones on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:47pm CDT
The ultimate G1 homage- the figure rusts in a fashion identical to the original.

Zinc readily oxidizes- uncoated zinc would be a poor choice for die-cast metal, despite its low melting point.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310218)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:52pm CDT
sadly, mine is showing signs of yellowing already =\
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310219)
Posted by 009* on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:54pm CDT
Basketball Jones wrote:Zinc readily oxidizes- uncoated zinc would be a poor choice for die-cast metal, despite its low melting point.


:-(

Also, soak the parts or just wipe them down?

I do have some vinegar, but it's all diluted for use in food. Is that good enough to use or do I need to get something stronger or just get the wd 40?
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310246)
Posted by TheMuffin on August 28th, 2007 @ 12:11am CDT
I'm trying to understand why they don't just use aluminum. Yeah you'd probably be better off machining the pieces instead of trying to cast them but still, it would not be "rusting" as badly as these are. Not to mention that you could get a chunk of aluminum the size of his foot for like 10 cents.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310247)
Posted by Brazilian on August 28th, 2007 @ 12:12am CDT
Hey, I am one more victim! Dry place and feet rusted.
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310258)
Posted by zmanH2 on August 28th, 2007 @ 12:17am CDT
+1

Mine's untouched.....box to display shelf only :-(
Re: Check your MP-05, several are already rusting! (310268)
Posted by Sportimus Prime on August 28th, 2007 @ 12:24am CDT
I was serious about going to a gun store for rust removal. Or go online and...

Get this:

http://www.opticsplanet.net/hoppe-quick ... -1215.html

Or this:

http://www.birchwoodcasey.com/sport/blu ... prodcat=55

And make sure to get this:

http://www.wilsoncombat.com/a_cleaning_cloth.asp

Your own fingerprints and body oil causes oxidation. This will help prevent rusting after handling.

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