Body swaps without dremel?
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Body swaps without dremel?

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I know you are all gonna tell me to just buy a dremel tool, but ..... I'm kinda cheap lol. That and I don't have too much time to devote to customs so its not really worth it for me to buy one. That being said I was wondering if anyone knows a way to crack open torsos without a dremel that won't cause too much damage? Any ideas would be appreciated

I cracked the MM jail cell Joker one time with an exacto knife and it worked ok until the blade literally snapped in two while I was prying. I don't recommend trying that lol

Posted by Bloodywolf
on Friday, August 19, 2011
User Comments
cogmandino -
Monday, August 22, 2011
okay that guide seemed too simple for me but it was AMAZING. Does that really work?? Cooooolio!!!
Incom -
Monday, August 22, 2011
I use an adjustable wrench / plumbers wrench like this:



You can also use a vise, but this wrench works for me.

All based on this awesome tutorial at Hisstank, I suggest you check it out:

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/g-I-joe-c ... ethod.html

To be safe, you could score the seamlines with your Exacto knife.
cogmandino -
Monday, August 22, 2011
Thanks!! Professor X must've been a changed man after that experience... HAHA )
MenByMckenn -
Monday, August 22, 2011
Hey bub, here’s that center punch I was talking about. I find it very pin point accurate and better yet it’s very quiet when the family is sleeping and I’m up thru the night working away. Go ahead now and make the jokes I know you want to about the pics. Professor X doesn’t really need those legs anyway! Should be able to find one at a large hardware store by asking for a spring loaded center punch. Hope this helped. MxM











Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Sunday, August 21, 2011
if you have a drill you can make a more precise hole and whatever size you want, depending on the bit.
also wanted to mention about the x-acto knife or any metal, if you see it bending you need eye protection and something to help it not fly and hurt anyone or thing. Trust me.
cogmandino -
Sunday, August 21, 2011
What is a center punch? Could you post a picture? Even if I have a dremel, I wanna try using something else that makes less of a hole on the figure.
MenByMckenn -
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Even though I have a dremel, lately for cracking bodies open I've been using a spring loaded center punch. It works really well because it lets me stay on the seam line and it makes only the smallest of holes when I'm ready to start cracking the body.
Bloodywolf -
Saturday, August 20, 2011
thanks guys yea I actually did make the mistake of trying to pry with the exacto. Thats when it broke. I guess Ill get another one lol
I appreciate the help. Im definitely gonna be trying these methods
pock63 -
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Before I had a dremmel tool I would crack bodies apart with a exacto knife. Just carefully and slowly cut along the mold seam of the body and then pry it apart with a flat head screwdriver. It sounds like the reason your exacto blade snapped was because you were trying to pry with it instead of cutting.
Darththomas -
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I sometimes use a very small flat headed screwdriver to force holes in mine whilst cracking, in fact I mostly use this method nowadays. If it's thin enough then a lot of pressure and a bit of turning should get you through. Then just step up the size of the driver till you've got one strong enough to pry with. Be real carefull though as I have had the driver slip and go into my hand on a couple occassions, it really hurts!!
Ole Jade Jaw -
Friday, August 19, 2011
Any drill, corded or cordless will turn the same small drill bit.
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