There are many different
ways to split a Klicky...here is the best that we know of, expertly
explained at Sven
Central (follow the "take-apart" link).
Also see the Hand
Removal section below for the rope-yank method, which is useful for
disassembling gordos (which can be hard to take apart with the above
Hand Removal Plus
(The Rope Yank Method):
We don't have a
really good solution for hand removal. I have never done this without
getting a vertical crack on the arm. But when you need to switch hands,
what else are you going to do?
Tie a piece of nylon
rope (diameter of a spaghetti noodle, more or less*) around the wrist
as tight as you can. Then yank. It helps to tie the other end to a door
knob and then just hold on to your klicky
and pull. A piece of cloth draped properly will prevent the hand from
flying off once it finally comes free. Now you've got a nice hand and
a cracked arm.
I have tried heating arms in boiling water and then yanking, but I still
get cracks. To repair crack, a tiny bit of super glue and then weld
the crack with a wood burning tool.
Note: You can use
this rope-yank method to remove heads as well. It can result in damage,
though (bent necks and other maladies).
* You may need to
experiment with rope thickness. Too thin and it can cause breakage.
Too thick and you will have difficulty tying it around an arm or head...
Surgery came to our attention as a glue-of-the-month at www.thistothat.com.
It is a cyanoacrylate
glue (super glue). Plastic surgery is available at our local Walgreens
and we have had good results from both gel and regular.
Playmobil is made
from ABS plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). ABS plastic is a
thermoplastic, meaning it will
soften when heated and harden again when cooled. This can be used by
customizers to great advantage.
Heat Guns: Heat
guns are dangerous. They are also great for heating ABS plastic. For
example, you could heat up a sword, bend it into a different shape,
hold it until it cools down, and then you've got a new curved sword.
Wrap areas you don't want to deform with some nonflammable material.
Wood Burning Tool
(or soldering iron without solder and soldering tip): These can be used
to weld and carve. Just a light application can make a stressed mark
on abs plastic disappear (although I don't think it will help structurally.
usefulness with the possibility of discoloring your Klickies.
Very useful in many
ways. Try using the cutting disks to quickly cut and carve. Always wear
Useful in much the
same way as the dremel tool.
Epoxy Sculpting Compounds:
Sculp-Epox is a
two-part epoxy modeling compound that cures in about 4 hours (an hour
of working time). It is very strong, adheres well to ABS plastic, and
can be painted with acrylics. Use it to make one-of-a-kind pieces or
to make pieces for casting. It is not as easy to sculpt with as a high
quality polymer clay, but it is much stronger and doesn't need to be
baked. I have been working with this stuff for years and love it. It
is available from Van
Dykes. Magic Sculp is a similar product is available from Tap
Plastics and Douglas
and Sturgess, and it works just as well. Faster curing products
are available in hardware stores in the glue section.
High quality polymer
clays, such as Super Sculpy and Fimo, are easier to sculpt with than
epoxy sculpting compounds. Unfortunately, they have several drawbacks.
Because these clays must be baked in the oven for them to cure, you
shouldn't use them when sculpting directly onto ABS plastic or anything
else that will melt or deform in the oven. And because cured polymer
clays are not as strong as cured epoxy sculpting compounds, we don't
recommend them for pieces that will see a lot of use. Thus polymer clays
are most useful when sculpting items that will eventually be cast. If
you do use polymer clays for final-use items, note that Fimo comes in
many colors, so you can create items that will not need to be painted.
We do not recommend using low quality polymer clays such as regular