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mechanical waving santa blow mold repair help

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Hey guys I scored a mechanical waving empire blow mold santa. When I got him home I took him apart and noticed his arm looked damaged under the fabric sleeve. According to the original directions he's supposed to have a hinge screwed from the body to the arm. It appears that the plastic where the hinge is supposed to be is broken/gone. I have no way of mounting a bracket. Any ideas on how I could brace/support his arm? Maybe zip ties? Also how close or flush should the arm be to the body? Because there is no bracket his arm droops when he turns ...he looks jacked up when he's waving. 

 

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I found this video on youtube. Helps to see the intended motion of his arm.

 

Since the blowmold has pieces missing, a portion of the 'collector' value from a blowmold purist perspective is diminished. At this point, the goal is just to get this blowmold working.

With that being said, if it were me id go to the hardware store and buy a gate or door hinge and fasten it together using screws and gorilla tape.

First determine which hinge fits best to the body and arm, still allowing for the desired movement, and considering how the sleeve will hide the hinge.

Then put a couple of layers of black gorilla tape over each area where you will drill screw holes. The gorilla tape should help to prevent the screw holes from cracking between them.

A hinge with the holes spread out from eachother is better, to spread out the stress on the plastic.

Attach the hinge. Avoid over tightening the nuts. Maybe use nylock washers. Dont want to stress the already fragine plastic area.

Paint the hinge red?

 

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On 12/9/2017 at 2:54 PM, markcid121479 said:

It appears that the plastic where the hinge is supposed to be is broken/gone. I have no way of mounting a bracket. Any ideas on how I could brace/support his arm? Maybe zip ties? Also how close or flush should the arm be to the body?

 

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I'm assuming that the 2 pictures I left above show the area with the missing plastic.  I think you could cut a plastic band (out of a plastic bottle) that would fit on the inside of the arm (going about halfway around) and cover (on the inside) the area of missing plastic.  That piece could be glued in place.  Then you could cut a piece to replace the missing plastic and glue it to the band to fill the area where the missing plastic goes.  Heck you might get lucky and find the broken piece down in the bottom of the Santa (on the inside obviously).  If the missing piece is not inside you may need to paint the filler piece red if it is not covered by the fabric.  I'd paint it before you glue it in place.  Only paint the outside not the inside surface so that it doesn't interfere with the gluing process.

Once all that is glued in place and has had sufficient time to cure you would have a place to mount the hinge.

TED

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2 hours ago, TED said:

 That piece could be glued in place.  Then you could cut a piece to replace the missing plastic and glue it to the band to fill the area where the missing plastic goes.  Heck you might get lucky and find the broken piece down in the bottom of the Santa (on the inside obviously).Only paint the outside not the inside surface so that it doesn't interfere with the gluing process.

Once all that is glued in place and has had sufficient time to cure you would have a place to mount the hinge.

TED

Ted mentions using 'glue'. Ill use this as my spring board to ask...what glue do you guys use to do blowmold repairs? Im not aware of anything that sticks all that well to a blowmold, which holds up to the rigors of cold, and minor flexing, and sunlight...etc. I imagine whatever a person uses, requires any paint to be removed beforehand. 

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Since it will all be covered with the material, what about using a piece of metal (like erector set) and bolt it on either side of the missing piece and reattach the hinge to that....

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