Loading
mMmOishimMmOishi6 anno/i fa
1/21/14

I received my very first figure today, Motoko Kusanagi! After watching Ghost in the Shell, I really liked her personality, looks, and of course badassery so I just had to pick up a figure of her to start off my collection. I went with Alphamax's version since I thought they did her face the best, and I like her outfit to be somewhat sexy and not just her full-on Section 9 bodysuit. I also enjoyed the 2nd season the most which the figure is based from.

After receiving my order, which had been advertised as unopened, I was shocked to find her hand chopped off.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2014/01/21/905523.jpeg

I read that this was common with coldcast figures, and I happened to be one of those unlucky recipients. Despite all the well packaged foam padding, the hand managed to somehow come loose and wedge itself underneath the base. I had no idea where it was at first glance.

Planning for repair

To repair this, I plan on using epoxy, specifically 3M DP460. I build and fly composite based model airplanes as a hobby, and I know from working with this stuff previously that it's extremely strong and bonds well with metal. It comes in a 2-part tube that is designed to work with an applicator gun, but they are quite expensive so I will just be pushing the syringes by hand. Only a tiny amount is needed, and the hour-long set time gives me enough time to thoroughly mix and set the hand in place. Also, the off white color of the epoxy should be nearly invisible if there isn't much excess epoxy oozing out.

I have yet to order the epoxy, so I will be updating this as I go along. Until next time, stay warm!

1/29/14

Update! I repaired the hand two days ago. Here's the epoxy that I used.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2014/01/29/912669.jpeg

To mix this stuff, I used a plastic card. A small piece of cardboard will work just as well as long as the epoxy isn't going to soak through.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2014/01/29/912670.jpeg

After mixing the epoxy for a few minutes, I put a tiny dab on the top of the arm, underneath the hand, and around the wire. I then pushed the hand onto the arm and taped in place with a piece of clear tape.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2014/01/29/912671.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2014/01/29/912672.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2014/01/29/912673.jpeg

After gluing the piece back together, I keep the leftover epoxy on the card to cure as a reference so I know whether I mixed it properly. The first time I repaired this, I actually messed this up.

On the DP460 packaging, it says to squeeze out a bit of the initial epoxy to ensure the correct ratio is mixed. I didn't do that and once the epoxy set after 24 hours it was still very rubbery and easily peelable. So yesterday, I had to yank the hand out again, clean up the rubbery epoxy, and redo the whole process again. This time, I made sure the 1:2 ratio was squeezed out better and I mixed for a good 10 minutes. This time, the epoxy hardened to a rock which is the ideal result. The only minor gripe I have is that I accidentally peeled off two tiny dots of paint when removing the tape--I should have been way more slow and careful with it. I will probably go over it with some Mr. Hobby Topcoat to help conceal it.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2014/01/29/912674.jpeg

Positioning the hand was a bit frustrating, but for my first figure I am quite pleased.
5,089 visite • 0 preferito6 commenti

Commenti6

gamergibbons6 anno/i fa#1944664That was very nice of them to do so, it's good business practice. Keep us posted on the repair status!

Posted an update! I probably could've kept the figure in slightly better condition had I been more careful, but at least the hand is now back in place.
6 anno/i fa
Ugh, so I used some citrus cleaner (which I think is alcohol free, not sure what else is in there) on a tiny spot and now a bit of her left boob is shiny D: Why am I such n00b at this?

I was thinking a very light coat of some clear coat would help conceal this shiny spot, but dunno if it's worth it. I looked at Mr. Top Coat, Mr. Super Clear, and there's just too many options (semi-gloss vs. matte). I have no idea what kind of paint is on this either, so I don't know how to proceed. Anyone have any tips?
6 anno/i fa
mMmOishi6 anno/i fa#1944589I attempted to return the figure for a full refund, but the seller ended up giving me a full refund while telling me to keep the broken figure so I obliged. I'm kind of surprised...

That was very nice of them to do so, it's good business practice. Keep us posted on the repair status!
6 anno/i fa
gamergibbons6 anno/i fa#1943809Good luck on the repair! My first figure was the Gutto-Kurro Motoko Kusinagi and she's one of my favorite figures! Super poseable and comes with several accessories : 3.
Honestly though, if the figure came broken, you need to contact the company you brought it from because it wasn't listed as having the hand removed. Coincidently, I had a 2011 Racing Miku with the same issue, only in the hair. Fortunately, the store owner (since I brought it locally) was nice enough to exchange her for the 2012, so you never know!


I attempted to return the figure for a full refund, but the seller ended up giving me a full refund while telling me to keep the broken figure so I obliged. I'm kind of surprised...
6 anno/i fa
Ruttsu as Ruttsu
Epoxy is an excellent option, you have already pin it, right? if for some reason epoxy isn't available, a small drop of CA glue should be enough.
6 anno/i fa
Good luck on the repair! My first figure was the Gutto-Kurro Motoko Kusinagi and she's one of my favorite figures! Super poseable and comes with several accessories : 3.

Honestly though, if the figure came broken, you need to contact the company you brought it from because it wasn't listed as having the hand removed. Coincidently, I had a 2011 Racing Miku with the same issue, only in the hair. Fortunately, the store owner (since I brought it locally) was nice enough to exchange her for the 2012, so you never know!
6 anno/i fa
Europe's friend for everything manga, anime and related merchandise!

About this blog

 
Welcome to my blog!

Club Correlati1