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Post  chiprender on Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:28 am

Any advice...I don't want to damage them. Thanks! Very Happy
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Post  Admin on Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:32 am

heat the helmet.
you can use a hair dryer (don't point directly at the lenses), hot water or a microwave (short bursts)
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Post  chiprender on Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:50 am

Cool Ferg, thanks!!!
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Post  itsa_mia on Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:55 am

microwave? howd u figure that out?
hmmm wonder whatll happen if... lol!
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Post  chiprender on Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:58 am

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Post  edstuff on Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:45 am

I heard of someone using the microwave method too on a figure. I prefer hot water myself






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Post  Eric on Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:22 am

I used a safety pin and was reallllllly careful. Popped out no problem. My luck I'd put it in the microwave and come out with a puddle. affraid
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Post  Conspyre on Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:42 am

Sorry about the threadomancy, but this seemed relevant again in the wake of the Squadt Assembly opening- I'm actually having some trouble getting my lenses to stay IN the Germ mask- any tips, or should I be running some PVA glue around the edge or something?
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Post  itsa_mia on Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:19 am

my concern with using any glue would be paint removal if u want to switch again
but im sure if its just a toothpick amount in a couple spots on the edge ud be fine
i bet something like elmers white glue would be ok
id stay away from model glue or any kind that melts plastic

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Post  Conspyre on Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:42 am

Thanks for the welcome!
PVA is like Elmers or Tacky glue, its usually safe on clear plastic, but like you say, might be a pain if I ever decide to change it. I'm also a little concerned about the tampo on the lenses (GID bug) and the spray around the eye holes on the helmet. Maybe it's just a little mooshed, and a shot with a hair dryer or a quick zap will help it right itself? I need to take a look at it alongside my other Squadt, see if there is any visible shape difference.
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Post  itsa_mia on Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:48 am

oh gid bugs grats!
i wonder if its possible to take up the space with something
maybe if u cut a small circle of cloth (maybe something even thinner, paper?)
and put that in the eye, then the lens
might work?

hard to say without being hands on
sry just late nite rambling tongue
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Post  dedicatedart on Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:23 pm

Best way too remove eyes hair dryer and tweezers .
Best way too get loose eyes too stay would be heat up the head and place lens in the socket , and let the eye socket for too the lens .
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Post  Conspyre on Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:24 pm

dedicatedart wrote:Best way too remove eyes hair dryer and tweezers .
Best way too get loose eyes too stay would be heat up the head and place lens in the socket , and let the eye socket for too the lens .

First round of heating (with the microwave, can't remember where the hair dryer ended up after moving) got things pretty toasty, but the eyes are still falling out. There doesn't seem to be anything in there to actually grip the edges of the lenses, not sure if that's a manufacturing flaw or if I just need to get him hotter. Once I find the hair dryer, I can get more targeted with the heat- I didn't want to go much longer in the microwave, as the thinner inside of the helmet was getting soft.
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Post  ludok on Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:56 pm

An advice be careful with the glue.I ruined my first squadt with that and the same problem.A toothpick is not a bad idea for fix the glue.
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Post  Conspyre on Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:00 pm

ludok wrote:An advice be careful with the glue.I ruined my first squadt with that and the same problem.A toothpick is not a bad idea for fix the glue.

What kind of glue did you use? If it's white glue, you might be able to soak it in warm water to get it to let go.
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Post  itsa_mia on Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:05 pm

get him outta that microwave lol
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Post  Colossus of Destiny on Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:43 am

I read somewhere on these forums that hairgel works well. Never tried it myself, but it seems plausible - tacky enough, but not permanent or corrosive.
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Post  Admin on Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:59 am

Conspyre wrote:Sorry about the threadomancy, but this seemed relevant again in the wake of the Squadt Assembly opening- I'm actually having some trouble getting my lenses to stay IN the Germ mask- any tips, or should I be running some PVA glue around the edge or something?

glues dots (the removable kind) work real well. just rip off a tiny piece and place it near the edge of the lens in a couple of places.
museum gel also works really well.
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Post  quentdiggy on Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:49 am

Ummm... put away the power tools boys:

quentdiggy wrote:Okay so three days off work with the flu had me messing with my NKD Squadts and I have always hated trying to pick the eyes out if you want to change them. Well, just use a NERF Suction Dart, you know these?



Stick it on and pull-they come right out. I'm apparently a Goddamn genius on excedrin cold medicine.

Oh my God. Works SO good. Never will I pick again!



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Post  itsa_mia on Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:59 am

ya 'pop out' was so 2011
the new thing is keeping them in cyclops

colossus the hair gel was mine cause i didnt have any glue lol
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Post  dedicatedart on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:21 am

quentdiggy wrote:Ummm... put away the power tools boys:

quentdiggy wrote:Okay so three days off work with the flu had me messing with my NKD Squadts and I have always hated trying to pick the eyes out if you want to change them. Well, just use a NERF Suction Dart, you know these?



Stick it on and pull-they come right out. I'm apparently a Goddamn genius on excedrin cold medicine.

Oh my God. Works SO good. Never will I pick again!




Funny as hell when you pulled one out of your ass It seemed like at the show haha nice meeting you man .
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Post  Casper_NY on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:15 am

I'm curious to how the "short bursts in a microwave" method works lmao
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Post  ShelfLife on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:44 pm

Can confirm suction cups and nerf darts are solid choices...
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Post  Casper_NY on Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:03 pm

ShelfLife wrote:Can confirm suction cups and nerf darts are solid choices...

This response just made my day lmfao
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Post  JEEMAC on Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:24 am

yep, I also use the dart method as quent suggested. And if the suction is too weak, I use a folded piece of duct tape. I did use a pin when I first started popping lenses out, but ended up scratching the lens.
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