Sunday, June 1, 2014

TUTORIAL: Saving Joe's Neck

Items needed:
  • A file
  • A nylon bushing (Mine had a .312" outer diameter)
    [Hint: bring the head with you to the hardware store for best fit.]
  • Silicone adhesive sealant
  • Plastic Repair Epoxy [I used that from Ace Hardware]

A Classic Collection GI Joe body with a broken neck knob.

File the deck of the neck platform flat.
At this point, there is a hole exposing the underlying ball joint. Fill that hole with the sealant and let cure for 24 hours.*
After it has cured, roughen/sand the neck platform and bottom of the bushing in preparation for gluing. Apply a layer of epoxy across the whole top surface of the neck. Center the bushing in place and add a bead of epoxy where it meets the surface of the neck.** It sets in 10-15 minutes. (I had mine do a head stand.) It cures in 24 hours.

CC neck holes vary in diameter and HOF holes are a little large. For larger holes, augment with tape. For smaller, boil the head, but uncertain of glue strength.
The head will still stay on, for display purposes, without the barb.

SEE ALSO:

* The silicone did not inhibit the free movement of the joint and blocks the glue (next step) which would have. The silicone may fall out at a later date, but is only necessary in the short term.
** This epoxy becomes a type of resin when it cures.

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