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    Question regarding resin heads

    Hi,
    I am thinking about experimenting with casting some resin heads. I haven't tried it yet, but would like to see if I can figure it out. I have a question, however, of those of you who may already be experienced in this area.

    Can a resin head be softened like a typical plastic toy part can by placing it in really hot/boiling water? The reason I ask is, if I were to cast a Mego-style head, I would want to be able to soften the neck plug in order to attach the head to a body.

    Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can provide.
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    It actually can be softened with heat, but doing so will cause the resin to crumble. Not exactly useful.

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    Neck plugs need to be sanded down to fit the opening on the body. Heat doesn't help resin heads. Heating the plastic body can make it more malleable, which helps to some extent, but if the neck isn't trimmed to fit, it will put too much pressure and split the shoulder seams.

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    Sounds good. Thanks for the input.
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    Or use a type S body for resin heads. You can take apart the chest and put the neck in.
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    Using a Type S body is best bet like Tbolt said. I've boiled resin pieces before to get them soft enough to fit together, never affected the resin afterwards.
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    ^^ I'll echo that and add the only time I've seen/experienced plastic resin degradation from hot water is when the resin itself is not properly cured, making it unstable in a variety of ways. Otherwise a good quality plastic can take lots of thermal shift.

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    Thanks, everyone. I usually use Type S bodies for my customs so that is not too much of an issue. However, for one in particular I am using a traditional CTVT muscle body much like the vintage Mego Hulk body and thus am unable to open it up like I would a Type S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheVintageToyKid View Post
    Thanks, everyone. I usually use Type S bodies for my customs so that is not too much of an issue. However, for one in particular I am using a traditional CTVT muscle body much like the vintage Mego Hulk body and thus am unable to open it up like I would a Type S.
    Are you dremel handy? I will try to explain this but you can cut the neck plug so it's flat like a key either front to back or side to side and then you can slot the neck hole at the opposite spot. then just put the flattened plug into the slot and turn.
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    Thanks, Thunderbolt. I don't own a Dremel, but I should probably invest in one some day considering how much I have delved into the customizing side of things. It's an incredible hobby. I enjoy it so much. I think it really helps, though, to have a community like this one where we can share our thoughts and ideas.
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