In an ideal world we’d build our models with no problems whatsoever. Perfect nub removal, perfect fit, perfect paint job, perfect finish. Sadly, we do not live in an ideal world. We live in this one. And in this world, shit happens. Screwing up nub removal happens. Bad fit happens. Broken pegs happen. Mistakes happen.
And while mistakes suck, they are also a great learning experience. Having to fix something you did wrong will teach you much more than doing something right 10 times.
Broken pegs became a pretty hot topic after the release of MG Freedom 2.0 due to its infamous hip joints. And while I managed to complete Freedom 2.0 without a broken hip joint, the curse caught up with me during my custom Barbatos build.
Fixing broken pegs
My first thought? “Cool, now I can learn how to fix it!”. As always, let’s start with materials we’ll need:
- A broken peg (obviously).
- Wire cutters (never use your plastic nippers with brass rods and other metal elements)
- Pin vise (don’t use Dremel for this)
- Flat file (optional, but useful)
- Brass rods
- Plastic cement
- CA glue
- (Optional) 2-part epoxy glue.
Pegs are usually load-bearing parts. If we simply try to glue them back together, they’ll most likely snap right off next time we handle the kit. For a proper fix, we’ll have to reinforce the part with brass rod.
This method should work for most pegs, including ball joints. If you’re having trouble, feel free to ask a question in the comments or on my Facebook page.