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My First Figure Support FailureMy First Figure Support Failure

I came into a room where I have figures displayed to find this;

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Holon (ITEM #4921) is one of my favorite figures because of how simple she is and because she hits some of my favorite points. I picked her up and inspected her and luckily she only had a few small scuffs and boy, she wasn't missing those tiny glasses!

I then started inspecting to see exactly what had happened and quickly found this;

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The pegs had given way. This is the first time I've experienced a failure on any of my figures. I've read plenty of articles about this particular failure but it seems to be related to those that have a real lean in their pose. She doesn't have that. She does only have one foot that is mounted to the base though.

I started thinking about how to repair her. Many people seem to try and use glue but I didn't want to try and even consider such with the pegs being so small and with the thought of trying to dig the pegs out of her feet. I then thought of something. I wear glasses. I keep a glasses repair kit in the house at all times;

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You can get these at any drug/pharmacy store for less than $2 dollars. They have small screws, a screw driver, various small pieces parts in them.

I also dug out my pin vice drill and drill bits that I use for model building;

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This is the basic of what I used from both my glasses repair kit and my pin vice drill;

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A kit of these usually runs $10 bucks or so.

I then thought about how to approach the repair. Her base is transparent and where the pegs are molded into it have depressions on the bottom side. Using these as centering locations to drill mounting holes, I chose a drill bit just big enough to fit one of the screws snugly and drilled a hole through each peg base;

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Once I finished this chore, I made a smaller diameter hole in only the front peg stuck in her foot. Just a size smaller than the screw itself. This will allow the screw to bite in with it's thread. Once done, I aligned her front peg stuck in her foot with the front peg on the base itself. The screw already pushed through so I could get proper alignment. I gently started an attempt to get the screw to bite into the peg stuck in her foot. These small screws are machine screws and not "self tapping". They don't have a pointed tip, so trying to put pressure on the figure and force it down on the screw is not advised. Gently work with it until you know it's pulling the figure toward the base.

Once the screw grabbed and I had the figure slightly snugged to the base, I then made sure the rear peg was properly aligned and then gently completed tightening the front screw. At this point, I adjusted the depth of the drill bit to a length that would not drill to deep into the rear peg of her foot and drilled through the base and into her foot. I then inserted the second screw and gently started the screw until it grabbed and I snugged it;

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In the end, she ended up standing tall again although I think I will get another kit and replace the rear screw with a slightly longer one;

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Hopefully this will provide others with an additional idea on fixing these types of breaks although the bases it can be used on are somewhat limited. It especially works best on clear/transparent. If it were opaque, I would have drilled down from the top side.
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So how is she holding up. I had my first peg fail and I need to fix it though not sure how to proceed yet.

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Tia
Il y a 5 mois
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Nicely done. A pin vise is a tool no collector should be without. Over the years, I have saved many a figure with the ones I have.
Il y a 2 ans
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Palluxz (Il y a 2 ans) #14700461Seems like ill do the trick, but at the same time looks really risky. One more turn could make it go through the base and break it or give it the shattered look. Definetly way better than using superglue do.

Yep, you just have to be real gentle. It helps being that I've been building models since a teen and been a mechanic and a factory tech since the early 90's ( combined ). Those two things have given me a feel for using tools and adjusting putting torque on the fasteners being used. These small screws aren't holding a CAT 3500 series diesel engine together, which is what I deal with every day for 8 hours, and the high torque involved there. It's just something very small made of soft materials. Once slightly snug, then you stop.
Il y a 2 ans
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kyoshinhei (Il y a 2 ans) #14709419To lower the risk of cracking the base, there's also the option of adding washers to distribute the pressure. Gotta find small ones though.

That's definently one thing that doesn't come in the repair kits. After all, glasses tend to have recessed, spot faced holes for the screws to go into and so washers are not required. I'd hate dealing with trying to get a washer on these tiny little screws anyhow.
Il y a 2 ans
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Nice clean fix, I would probably have gone for screws too but wouldn't have thought of the glasses ones. I'll keep that in mind.

Palluxz (Il y a 2 ans) #14700461Seems like ill do the trick, but at the same time looks really risky. One more turn could make it go through the base and break it or give it the shattered look. Definetly way better than using superglue do.
To lower the risk of cracking the base, there's also the option of adding washers to distribute the pressure. Gotta find small ones though.
Il y a 2 ans
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Seems like ill do the trick, but at the same time looks really risky. One more turn could make it go through the base and break it or give it the shattered look. Definetly way better than using superglue do.
Il y a 2 ans
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HobbyCentric (Il y a 2 ans) #14696201After you mentioned this, it got me thinking. Some of my 1/8th scale school girls are indeed mounted to their bases with screws. These two for example; ITEM #538, ITEM #88 I noticed Koto does it a lot.
Il y a 2 ans
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secretly-otaku (Il y a 2 ans) #14695907Ohhh, it seems like a pretty solid repair to me! I'm also facing a similar situation with my Mistral figure ITEM #61466 which has been boxed for a long time, although the part where she connects to the base is not flat like Holon's base PICTURE #342980, so she can be trickier to fix and I was thinking about using regular screws, but this repair kit for glasses seems to be a better option. Anyway, I'm not sure based on the pictures but did you use the longer screw for the front of the foot and the smaller one for the heel? If that's the case, shouldn't be the other way around?

Yes, her base does look tricky. You might have to use only the front peg only since it seems ( at least by the picture ) that it's the only one you can easily drill through.
Il y a 2 ans
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ZoidsFanatic (Il y a 2 ans) #14695960Personally when I have a broken peg I reach for the drill, glue, and paper clips. Being cheap I've found a trimmed down paper clip can hold pretty well. But great article discussing how to fix!

Thank you. Just trying to help as best I can.
Il y a 2 ans
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victorviper (Il y a 2 ans) #14692218This article might give me the incentive to try to repair my ITEM #158. The pegs in the figure were notoriously brittle and one day, the both simply snapped with no warning...

That's nice to know. She occasionally comes up on Amiami's pre-owned section and I have thought about getting her.
Il y a 2 ans
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