Discussion on FedEx broke my blaster =( within the Prop Building Workshop forum, part of the Community category; Its a MOW resin EE-3 custom painted, and FedEx friggin
Last edited by mightytank; Jan 16, 2011 at 1:29 PM.
**** bro I feel for ya. hope it all turns out well
How well was it packaged?
I'd also wait on trying to fix it until you hear back from fedex.
What I've seen Japanese modelers do is draw a cross across on each of the two ends and where the lines intersect, drill and insert a pin in one half.
this gives an extra bit of rigidity. This won't work too well on the trigger guard, though as it's so thin.
I know this doesn't help but we have had a string of broken packages from shippers lately USPS is the worst. I didn't expect this from FE. Are they hiring gorillas these days?
I second Muad'Dib though. I have seen the technique where you make grooves like stitches on skin and fill the gouge with resin. He's right about the thinner areas. I recently had to fix my OSCS Bucket. USPS cracked it.
Ive fixed stuff similar to this situation with krazy glue....but where its broke is bad as its a high stress area. The seller should have split it in two not sent it whole.
yea the high stress area is my worry too = /. both ends of the blaster are pretty heavy, so im pretty sure any glue would break with the weight. i'm not worried about the trigger gaurd as much, i can just make a new one of those or e6000 it.
i Did not buy it directly from MOW, but it is my understanding that it did come exactly how it is (except in one piece).
It was probably packed better from MOW.
I think where it is broken you may really want to use the pin method I mentioned. Maybe a couple pins, top and bottom.
1. I took my dremel and cut a bunch of resin out of the two broken ends
2. Took a 1/8" drill bit and drilled a long bit into both ends to easily fit a 1/8" steel rod into both of the drill bit holes.
3. Mixed some JB Weld and filled in both areas, including the holes used for the drill bit, fit the steel rod into both holes and pressed it shut.
That sounds like exactly what I was thinking but I didn't know what adhesive to use. How long was the rod you used? What exactly did you trim with the dremel before drilling?
About half an inch, and the rod went into both ends about an inch.
The adhesive was JB Weld, that **** is so strong that it could glue an X-Wing to the ceiling.
You can buy it in the automotives section of Wal-Mart for about $4.
I agree. JB weld is some strong stuff. I think you could put metal dowels in like has been mentioned and it would be strong enough to troop with. The trigger guard may just have to be superglued back in place. I have been using Zap a Gap that you can get at Michaels craft stores. It is really strong.
Get some little drill bits and do the JB Weld method using Paper Clip pieces. It will work, trust me
Should hear back from fedex soon. they may want to come inspect it before they pay the claim, so i cant fix it yet. but i will definately do the jb weld / paperclip method when i can. Thanks again =)
Will any of the parts come off the main pistol body? I think i have a pistol body laying around somewhere.
nope, all 1 piece, looks like i'll be jbweld and pinning it. still waiting on fedex to find out if they want to "inspect" it.
I can make you a trigger and trigger guard, so you dont have to glue those. Better to just grind them off me thinks.
mightytank: I feel for you. I would have been furious too.
This video shows just how much care is really given by some of those baggage handlers when the items are being loaded onto a plane. This is why it's always important to reinforce the packaging when items are being shipped. (Which apparently FEDEX didn't in this case.)