Need help with special customization of figures
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Need help with special customization of figures

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Here is my project, I am converting a set TMNT action figures 22 in all into foosball players. One side TMNT, the other side villains. I don't know how to do certain things, this is how I plan on executing some of it.

First need to drill 5/8" hole through side of body just under arm, best way I found to do this is to step up the drill bits and work my way, very very slowly to 5/8". The problem im having is the arms. They are not ball type so I can't just pop them out, if I crack open the body to remove them then its almost impossible to drill the 5/8" hole without damaging the body and having to start from scratch cause its to cracked or damaged or warped from trying to keep it held together while drilling. Is there a good putty or epoxy I could fill the entire body cavity with to make it more solid and keep the two pieces together so I can drill it once hardened? I also need to fill in the area at the crotch where the legs connect cause in order for them to kick a ball they have to be a stiff solid piece and can't move, what could I use for this? Im relatively new to this whole thing so please help. Im familiar with jb weld from machine repairs and household repairs but it comes in such small amounts I would have to buy dozens of packages in order to do all 22 players, action figures. The arms and legs and head I plan to use simple holes drilled in both the main body and body part and gluing with use of a pin inserted in each end to reattach and keep them from moving so im not worried there, and I know how im going to make the legs straight so that they are more like an actual foosball player. My big problem is what to use to fill body cavity and the sockets for the legs to make sure they can't move and hopefully won't break.

Posted by keres
on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
User Comments
keres -
Sunday, June 5, 2011
One other thing I forgot to mention, It takes longer but if I step the drill up it works best, just go up 1/32" at a time all the way to 5/8", its very tedious but that way I don't have to worry about cracking the body and I don't have to waste anything epoxies filling space im just going to drill out anyway.
keres -
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I work two jobs right now so its coming painfully slow, I have been using Aves for my first test figure or prototype I guess you could call it, The body cavity minus the hole for the bar is surprisingly small, a good deal smaller than I originally thought it would be. But my first figure is coming along nicely, I did shredder first and so far am very happy with it. I m going to test the strength of the bonds this week and am nervous, I just hope it holds, if not I have a few ideas to reinforce them, we will see...
mpelichoff -
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Keres -
You tried anything out yet?
How's it coming along?
mega_star_andro -
Friday, April 15, 2011
Aves would be too expensive for this, and kind of a waste in my opinion, I think you should use a spray foam that expands and hardens, like the kind for insulation, it wouldn't take much to fill the body and shouldn't weight the figure down either, it would prob take about 4-5 lbs of sculpt to fill 22 tmnt bodies and at around $30 a pound would end up cosing $120-$150 just to fill these tiny guys, the foam is inexpensive at around $10 a 12oz can.
Darththomas -
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Epoxy Repair putty might get the job done, it's ugly and very hard to smooth and stinks like mad but if you're not going to see it, it's much cheaper than any of aves stuff, I picked some up for a pound about $1.60. It comes in a tube and looks kinda like a roll of pennies.
keres -
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Ill try that, I was looking at the aves products and it looks like it would get a bit costly, I really just need the body cavity to be solid so I can drill through it, cause once I remove all the limbs and head it tends to collapse in on itself and crack while holding it together and drilling it. Ill try the aves at just the contact points of the body and see how that holds up first then go from there if needed.
mpelichoff -
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I use aves apoxie too and I think it would work great but to fill the whole body with it would be incredibly expensive. Maybe try putting a relatively thin layer of aves coating the inside about 1/4 of an inch or a little more and then filling the rest with some cheap modeling clay from wal-mart or something (make sure it is air dry), like the kind you can buy in the big buckets.
keres -
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Ok thanks, ill look into their products.
Group customs -
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I used to use aves apoxy sculpt, and that always worked really well for me
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