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Fixing nendoroid joints preserving movement

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Hello, I’m trying to add a helpful article here; it is mostly an experiment I made with the common problem of a broken nendoroid neck joint. I should’ve written this months ago, but I got busy with other stuff, sorry '''OTL.

I hope this is helpful for whoever comes across with this, as it was for me reading other experiences. There are a lot of good advices out there (which I sort of gathered all here), including Mikatan’s blog: gscmikatan.word...

This started when I thought of making an official Ad for my L nendo, as I already had him on my trade/sale list for a while… so I thought taking him some nice ‘good-bye’ pictures first. So, when exchanging faceplates, it happened x_x … I was left with a peg stuck in the body and the ball joint stuck in the head.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8031/7966897422_15a0b43120_b.jpgThis is a pic after I loosened the ball joint part from the head, as I didn't took a picture instantly when this happened.

It was the 1st time this happened to me '''OTL. I immediately looked for recommendations, and found various: Mikatan’s blog, using a screw, using a push pin, and the hot needle (worked best for me). In my case, I wanted the neatest option as I wanted to give a try to fix the joint and keep the movement in it. So this is if you really can’t replace the joint you want to fix as I’ve read on most advices that the best is to use another spare joint. I also recommend Mikatan’s, I tried this other things because I couldn’t find all the tools recommended there, so I only used stuff I found home, also it requires time and patience, it took me a while as I only tried fixing it on little lapses of free time trough several days. So let's start:

Tools found at home: A needle, a lighter, small screwdriver, pliers, and maybe even tweezers (but they have to be thin ones).
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8316/7966908382_d9dda12a4d_b.jpg

1st – Get the peg out of the body: Loosening it first can help; you can try with the screwdriver or the tweezers as shown with the head pictures. If it is stuck really hard, you can try heating a needle with the lighter until it is hot red; I recommend holding the pin with pliers and insert it on the peg. It is important you don’t insert the needle in the middle of the peg, but on the broken side of it, this is to fix the joint with movement. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8173/7966907112_aa6ed12e64_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8322/7966905444_61b6c27fd1_b.jpgThen leave the needle cool off in the peg, and just pull back the needle on it with the pliers, depending on how deep you inserted it, it would come out easier, I had to do this a couple times as I wasn’t quick and strong enough to insert the pin and pull it off the 1st time, but it actually came out from the body.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8170/7966903592_1657bd067e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8459/7966902216_bb8abe03fa_b.jpgYou can see here that the figure's body had no damage from this.

Fixing it is mostly like the advice in Mikatan’s blog, just instead of placing a wire in the middle; it would be only on the broken side.


2nd – Get the peg out of the head: Now try loosening the joint in the head, until the ball comes out completely from it and you can see the peg. Then, you can try to loosen the peg part that is deeper in the head in the same way, at trying this, it may separate the ball joint in the 2 parts it is composed. This is ok.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8439/7966899490_76e621cd9e_b.jpg
In my case I also tried loosening this with an slim exacto knife, I don’t recommend it because it didn’t loosen it and just scratched the peg.


Now you’re left with half the ball joint in the head, you can look for any metal piece that has the ball joint’s ring diameter (or I don’t know if a wooden or plastic thing could work). In my case I found this hanger-thing in the laundry, at first sight I knew it had the ring’s diameter. Try your best to not use sharp things as you can hurt yourself or damage the figure if it is stuck really hard. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8448/7966896394_2ac580fdc9_b.jpgYou insert it in the joint, and then hold it to pull it out from the head. Use a cloth to hold both parts without any of them slipping from your hands, and do it really closely so it would come off without breaking, you have to pull very precise and straight so this doesn’t happens.

So now we have the figure without any damage, and the joint parts.

Now to fixing the joint (somehow this part was easier, maybe I’m just a very weak girl -_-‘)

1st. You have a peg with a needle, cut the needle with the pliers and mark it on the other broken part of the joint with it so it has the same trajectory (cutting the needles gives it a sharper end that makes this easier).
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8302/7966894780_68c3d92061.jpg
2nd. Heath a new needle and insert it in the joint part to make a hole. Then try to pull it out with the pliers, if it doesn’t comes out, try pulling out the needle on the peg part. It is important that you leave the needle that has a stronger hold.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8173/7966892746_94d98fea22_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8170/7966892140_dc19f7d312_b.jpg
You can see here why I don't recommend the exacto knife. The good part is that the peg kept strong, and it isn't visible when reinserted to the nendo.
3rd. Now you have a piece of the joint with a needle and the other with a hole, and the other complete piece of the joint. Check if the needle's length exceeds the hole, and if it does, you can reduce it cutting with the pliers, but don’t cut too much, also you can try to make deeper the hole on the other part.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8443/7966890910_413aa2aae4_b.jpg
4th. Dip the pin part in glue and insert on the other piece, hold them together firmly for a while depending on the glue you're using. Now you have the broken part of the joint hold together strongly by a pin and you can just put together both joint parts again while it still has movement.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8318/7966888898_0f46eb2538_b.jpg
Sanded the pegs with very fine sandpaper to avoid them to stuck more than needed.

The other broken joint
My Pastel Ink arrived like this from Mandarake (and it was supposed to be sealed... I've doubt it since the box has some small slight stains inside -_-)http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8453/7966887048_47586e7190_b.jpg
I thought I could give it a try doing the same, just instead of using one needle, I'll need 2 for each of the ring broken sides.
First I removed the joint parts from the body and head. These came out really smoothly only using the tweezers.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/7966886484_4faa8cda1d_b.jpg
But this joint was quite fragile (or defective) and it just crumbled after that. Leaving what it seemed an irrepairable mess (and it is).
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8460/7966885618_cc34e22dd0_b.jpg
Still I tried to put it all together, and as it seem that it was enough with the glue I tried leaving it like that.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8035/7966884486_254314b7fe_b.jpg
But when trying to reinsert in the nendo, the joint crumbled again in a lot more pieces. So maybe when joints break like this, it means that they could be more fragile and irrepairable.

Well, so finally, this is the end of the post, sorry it ended too long, but I tried to make it the most detailed possible. I hope it can really help those who have broken joints like the 1st case. Thanks for reading!
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Thank you! glad to know it was so useful, in fact, I did this after I couldn't find a mini-drill like the one on Mikatan's blog in any local shop x_x lagomorph (hace 2 años) #2761062You guide is better than the Mikatan guide since I didn't need to have a drill and could just use 100% household items. It worked like a charm. Used it to repair my Kokonoe Rin nendo ^_^
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abi (hace 2 años) #2759727You're welcome! It is pretty cool to still see activity on this post after 2 years! =DYou guide is better than the Mikatan guide since I didn't need to have a drill and could just use 100% household items. It worked like a charm. Used it to repair my Kokonoe Rin nendo ^_^
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lagomorph (hace 2 años) #2732020thanks for the awesome tutorial You're welcome! It is pretty cool to still see activity on this post after 2 years! =D
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thanks for the awesome tutorial
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elagabalus (hace 2 años) #2610447Thanks so much! I think that's what GSC recommends using too. I'm not sure if the break on what I need to fix is clean enough for super glue to hold it, but just knowing what other people have been using is a great help!You're welcome, it also helps applying it with a toothpick, you have to make sure it is not too much superglue because it will change the surface and make more difficult to glue again in case it didn't at the 1st attempts
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abi (hace 2 años) #2610439hi! I only used a bit of regular super glue (cyanoacrylate) in the presentation that has a little brush.Hope it helps you :)Thanks so much! I think that's what GSC recommends using too. I'm not sure if the break on what I need to fix is clean enough for super glue to hold it, but just knowing what other people have been using is a great help!
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elagabalus (hace 2 años) #2610413Hi there! This is an old post but I'm wondering if you could tell me what type of glue you used? I've looked at a lot of Nendoroid/figure joint repair tutorials and nobody says what type to use.
Thank you!
hi! I only used a bit of regular super glue (cyanoacrylate) in the presentation that has a little brush.Hope it helps you :)
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Hi there! This is an old post but I'm wondering if you could tell me what type of glue you used? I've looked at a lot of Nendoroid/figure joint repair tutorials and nobody says what type to use.

Thank you!
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YvyCriminal (hace 3 años) #2225559Hi Abi! ¿Te acuerdas de mí? Bueno, digamos que me he alejado un poco del coleccionismo, pero ya volví con algunas pequeñas adiciones a mi pequeña colección jaja. Bueno, hoy quise cambiar la cara de un Nendo y... puf, sorpresa, se rompió la junta... Y fue nada más y nada menos que mi Sakura Miku. Casi grito del coraje, pero me acordé de este tutorial y vine corriendo a leerlo. Mil gracias por ponerlo. :D Mi Miku y yo te agradecemos infinitamente. Espero que estés muy bien. Hola! claro que me acuerdo de ti :) .. Creo que muchos entendemos el sentimiento de coraje cuando pasa esto con los nendos >< , lo bueno es que se puede solucionar de diversas formas ¡Me da mucho gusto saber que esta te haya servido (= ! ... y pues creo que es saludable alejarse del coleccionismo de vez en cuando ;)
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Hi Abi! ¿Te acuerdas de mí? Bueno, digamos que me he alejado un poco del coleccionismo, pero ya volví con algunas pequeñas adiciones a mi pequeña colección jaja. Bueno, hoy quise cambiar la cara de un Nendo y... puf, sorpresa, se rompió la junta... Y fue nada más y nada menos que mi Sakura Miku. Casi grito del coraje, pero me acordé de este tutorial y vine corriendo a leerlo. Mil gracias por ponerlo. :D Mi Miku y yo te agradecemos infinitamente. Espero que estés muy bien.
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