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Chris Moliere

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It is indeed. Also it's probably getting harder to source pins and floraliers. You can get away with repro everything on Servo except the gum dispenser.
I was considering getting ahold of the more obscure parts in order to make some casts, including the floraliers, but they're becoming so rediculously hard to find nowadays.
 

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Nos402

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I was considering getting ahold of the more obscure parts in order to make some casts, including the floraliers, but they're becoming so rediculously hard to find nowadays.
Interesting! I would have thought everything was replicable except maybe the arms! I thought those were probably the most difficult!
 

Chris Moliere

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Interesting! I would have thought everything was replicable except maybe the arms! I thought those were probably the most difficult!
It isn’t that they’re not replicable, some people have been able to do so. However, most, it not all, have stopped selling their parts, meaning that people need to source originals, which in itself is a very difficult task.
 

AnubisGuard

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Update from the Kickstarter. Looks like they're sticking with the frosted domes we've seen lately. That's probably good for replicas, should people ever make some. Don't have to worry about bubbles, scratches, or clarity.


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Nos402

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Scored me a Carousel Snack Dispenser off Ebay for way less than the last few I've bid on ended up going for so hopefully this one will be accurate enough to replace the head on my Etsy replica! Now to just source some Testors 1629 paint. Any advice on painting the cap? Do I have to prime it or sand it or will just a few coats directly on the white plastic work?

Also for cutting the globe off the base, can I use a rotary tool or should I use a regular hand saw?
 
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MisfitVortex

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Scored me a Carousel Snack Dispenser off Ebay for way less than the last few I've bid on ended up going for so hopefully this one will be accurate enough to replace the head on my Etsy replica! Now to just source some Testors 1629 paint. Any advice on painting the cap? Do I have to prime it or sand it or will just a few coats directly on the white plastic work?

Also for cutting the globe off the base, can I use a rotary tool or should I use a regular hand saw?
You definitely need to sand and prime. Also, be very careful applying the Testors paint, you need to do several VERY light coats. The paint runs incredibly easily though it is slightly easier to work with than the Crow lime gold. I just sold my last can of 1629 on Ebay, and I'm hearing most suppliers are sold out. Let us know if you find any. Removing the globe...I wouldn't use a powered rotary tool. You have to be extremely careful with this and I'd be too nervous to use a rotary tool. I'd use a coping saw or an Xacto saw. I've also heard that you can melt the glue with a blow dryer and a lot of patience, this way no cutting is required. I've never done it this way though and can't confirm it works. Good luck!
 

Nos402

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You definitely need to sand and prime. Also, be very careful applying the Testors paint, you need to do several VERY light coats. The paint runs incredibly easily though it is slightly easier to work with than the Crow lime gold. I just sold my last can of 1629 on Ebay, and I'm hearing most suppliers are sold out. Let us know if you find any. Removing the globe...I wouldn't use a powered rotary tool. You have to be extremely careful with this and I'd be too nervous to use a rotary tool. I'd use a coping saw or an Xacto saw. I've also heard that you can melt the glue with a blow dryer and a lot of patience, this way no cutting is required. I've never done it this way though and can't confirm it works. Good luck!
That reminded me that I think the coping saw I have I bought when I was reading about constructing a Servo! I do also to happen to have just bought a heat gun for something else but am still new to that world.
 

Nos402

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Snack dispenser arrived! In great shape! I tried a heat gun to loosen the adhesives to get the globe off, but had no luck and being new to heat guns, I was afraid of cranking it too high and damaging the plastic so I just sawed the globe off. Hopefully a buddy of mine can 3d print an extra lid for me (I found one on thingiverse) and hopefully the Testors 1629 I ordered from Hobbylinc actually arrives.

Question: when gluing the bottom lid to the "neck," any particular kind of glue I should use or NOT use?
 

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