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Old 08-30-2010, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Modern Figure Knee and Lower Leg Swap Tutorial

A friend and fellow tanker who is new to customizing asked me how to swap the knees on modern figures. He couldn’t seem to find a tutorial for it online. So I checked the Joe Customizing Wikki and realized it wasn’t in there either. Most of us know how to do this, but for someone new to customizing a guide can be a big help. So here is my tutorial for swapping knee joints and lower legs on modern Joe figures. Mods may want to add this to the customizing tutorial index.

Tools needed:



1) The legs you will be working with
2) A cup of very hot water (hot tap water microwaved for a minute and a half)
3) A pair of needle nosed pliers (to prevent the pliers teeth from damaging the legs I have wrapped them in masking tape)
4) A small tipped flat head screwdriver. I use a 2.0mm as anything smaller is more likely to cut or gash the figure parts.


Examine the legs:



You will notice that the pins that hold the lower legs to the knee and the holes they go in are 2 different sizes. On either leg the smaller hole is to the outside of the leg. Keep this in mind as you’re working.


Let’s do this!

Step 1: Drop one set of legs in the hot water for 30 seconds to a minute. Don’t leave dark colors in hot water for too long or they will haze.

Step 2: Remove the legs from the water, insert the screwdriver between the lower leg and the knee on the outside (small hole) of the leg and pry the leg piece out and over the edge of the pin.





It should look like this:




Step 3: Use the tip of the screwdriver to push the pin out of the large hole




Parts after separating:



Step 4: Slide the lower leg onto the knee joint you want it on and place the pin small side first into the large hole.




Step 5: Push the pin into the hole as far as you can by hand, then use the pliers to squeeze the parts together and over the lock slots of the pin.




Finished!

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Old 08-30-2010, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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awsome thanks this really helps
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Old 08-30-2010, 04:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you very much for the nice instructions and pics.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Gene I am new to doing Joe customs as well, and I was wondering how to seperate, it means you can swap out the knee part completely so you can add other knee parts.
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks man, I'd been wondering how to do this.
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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inspired

I saw your Crocmaster on facebook and really inspired me to go and repaint mine. It really is a cool looking character and the store just didnt paint it like it deserves to be
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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OK this would have been so VERY helpful 2 days ago...not that i did anything 2 days ago that i screwed up...no no...i'm not an idiot...i completely avoided doing anything...but now that i have the knowledge i'm no longer ignorant...thanks now i've got to go and take care of my lower leg issue on my "duke elimination force"
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OK this would have been so VERY helpful 2 days ago...not that i did anything 2 days ago that i screwed up...no no...i'm not an idiot...i completely avoided doing anything...but now that i have the knowledge i'm no longer ignorant...thanks now i've got to go and take care of my lower leg issue on my "duke elimination force"
let me guess, you projected the shoulder swivel tutorial concept to the knees, cut the tiny pin and then tried to re-glue it?
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Cool! If you have a foot swapping tutorial, I could go for that.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Awesome! Thanks. A large portion of my Joes will now have mismatched thighs and calves.
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