I had an hour this morning, not really enough time to pull out the paints and get anything done. So, I decided to prep one of the other models for this project.
I have a metal Mule that I need to assemble, but that is easy. I also have a 2nd hand Merc Jack kit. One of the high school kids had the kit and assembled it using as much glue as he could. The unused weapons have a ton of glue on them too. Then the it was made into Rocinante when that upgrade kit came out.
I got the kit, knowing that the left are was broken at the elbow. I figured pinning that would be easy. It seemed to have all the other parts. Guess what, I was wrong! The left hand that goes with the Rover Cannon and Nomad Buckler is missing.
First thing was to remove the arms. I already showed you how to do that in update 4, so I won’t repeat that. The arm connections had glue globs around them. I have to use knife & file to clean those up.
Once the arms had been removed, I needed to remove Rocinante’s armor from the right arm and repair the left one.
The armor on the right are was attached by a huge glue glob. It is pretty to see that mess. I scratch around the edge with knife and pick, but it wasn’t going to budge. The other end had a gap and I used cutters to pry in that area and to my surprise, it popped apart.
I never expected that, but some times you get lucky. Prying things apart is hard to do with plastics. It is really easy to damage the parts.
I have started to slowly remove the glue, but I have not finished it yet. You get the idea.
Once the holes had been drilled, it was just a matter of fitting the parts together and gluing them. I have to admit, the cylinder that is the connection between the arm and shoulder is really beat up. It was that way when I got it. I may putting it a little to smooth out the rough spots. Maybe call it battle damage.
So, there is still more work to be done. I need to get a plastic left hand or find a metal arm and cut the hand off. I know the metal one sounds like more work, but it is easier that tracking down a plastic hand. Unless one of you has a spare hand?
Honestly, I didn’t do all of this in an hour. I got out of work early, so I have another hour to work on this stuff.
Rocinante’s parts are packed away with Damiano, that many steel heads is for another day. Well, I did just get the parts to fix Stannis Brocker and I traded for a beat up Steelhead Cav unit and ordered the parts to complete them too… Shrug, I just keep going…
Heck, it took almost as long to write this as it did to make the repairs.
Till next time,
Just do it…..