The Metroplex Debarcle

I`m currently restoring my first Transformers g1 toy, which happened to be Metroplex. He`s big but not huge and the yellowing and sticker degradation was terrible as well as the joints. He was certainly well loved in his prime.

The whitening effect!

Hydrogen Peroxide is an amazing chemical. Among its uses is restoring yellowed or discoloured plastic to its original colour with the use of uv rays. For he last few days i`ve been slowly putting in pieces of discoloured plastic from metroplex into a glass bottle of hydrogen peroxide to bake in the sun for about 2 days each. I check every couple of hours to make sure that all parts are submerged giving the bottle a bit of a shake up. You can see what it does in the below photos.

The whitening problem!

So, now im up to cleaning Metroplex`s legs and certain parts of his body that contains metal and chrome plastic and i`m concerned of what will happen to those particular parts in the bath. What do I do? well i asked at a couple of forums in regards to the metal rods and the chrome plastic wheels just to get some feedback on whether it would have any effect or not. I got some responses from a few good guys and the main consensus was that the rods would be ok as long as they were dried right but no one had any idea about the chrome plastic. The suggested a junker part to see what would happen. So I did, I found a Optimus prime front grill that was broken and chucked it in with the rest of the plastic. Time will tell.

Before

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What the juice?

Well now i know that chrome plated plastic does not like hydrogen peroxide. (Man I should’ve listened more in chemistry at school). All the chrome has been demolished by the bath and now i have a nice blue plastic prime grill. Lucky it was already broken. Good news is though now i know what i can use to strip my chrome plastic bits to either re-chrome them or repaint them. There has to be a positive side to it all.

The Good Guys At OZformers

Its great to be able to be involved a community of helpful individuals who genuinely want to see what you’ve done. My problem was that i didn’t take before photos until i started to bath Metroplex and really only got his bottom half. I realised this and started to take photos of other restorations i`m currently doing while i wait for this one to clean itself. Mainly another two Metroplexes. I think i have a problem with the idea of owning only one item. I had this same problem with amiibo collecting buying two of each so that i could open one and keep the other. But another time for that. Oh well such is life.

Just some shots from the Metroplexs I`m currently restoring.

 

Comparison shots of bathed part compared to original

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eBay Photos

He was well loved with part of the description saying that blu tack was used to keep his antenna up. Boy was there some blu tack in his shoulder

Finished clean and put back together waiting for his new stickers. Comparing to his brother who is on the list to be done. Still not 100% happy about his helipad as it still seems yellow. Maybe ill give it another bath before sticker time. He was also given a buff using meguires scratch x2 before putting back together. I found it to give him a nice almost mirror like reflection on all parts except those damn white feet

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Scorponok Lives!!!!!!!

What a day. I’m currently trying to get a complete scorponok g1 toy together. I was lucky enough to buy a body off a seller on eBay for a cheap price including postage. Now the hunt was on for all the bit and pieces. WOW, is all i can say for the cost on eBay and as i don’t have a large community of local options it was going to have to be that. I worked out it was going to cost me at least another $300+ to get all of his parts. Lord Zarak was going to be the thorn in my side as i was not going to fork out over $100 for a small piece of plastic so i could have a head.

Here comes the money.

And then comes one seller who decides that he is going to part out his almost complete scorponok on ebay. I somehow ended up finding one of his auctions during my nightly hour search on ebay. It was lucky for me as he had just put them up with 5 days left and starting price for all was 1 cent us. Postage was again going to be the killer as each item had $17 postage attached, so i enquired if he combined and Yes he did. Once finding this out i put on a small bid as to ensure that I didn’t start a bidding war and have to pay more that i could afford. I then added snipes to each of his auctions with a little more money. Then I waited and watched to see what would happen.

Each day passed and no one was bidding. I thought that this would be a steal and then two days out it started on the more scarce items. Scorponok`s helmet, gun,and one radar dish, lord zarak and 2 double cannons. Damn, this was not going my way. So with about 12 hours left before all the auctions started to end and before i was just about to go to sleep as it was 3am my time, I decided that it was all or nothing within reason. I knew what i could sort of spend and made a hunch that combined postage would be just that, one price for all bits. My final snipe prices were entered and i went to sleep.

I woke up 6 hours later and checked my mail to see if i had been outbid on more items, luckily enough no. so off to work i went and decided not to check my phone until after auctions ends, otherwise i would continue to go beyond my limit.

Time to find out

350pm i finally check ebay to see how i went.

Body

scorponok body = win 1 cent

Gun

Scorponok gun = win $25 AU

Shield

Shield = win $15 AU

Fasttrack

Fast track = win $11 AU

Dual-Cannons

Dual cannons = win x2 $24

Claw

claw = win 1 cent

Side-Gun

side gun = win 1 cent

Fasttrack-Gun

fasttrack gun = win $23 AU

antenna 1 = win 1 cent

antenna 2 = win 1 cent

Antenna-3

Antenna 3 = win 1 cent

Antenna-4

Antenna 4 = win $11 AU

Scorponok-Helmet

Scorponok Helmet = win $30 AU

Scorponok-Ramps

Ramps x2 = win $30 AU

Leg-Guards

Leg Guards = win 1 cent (yippee)

Lord-Zarak

Lord Zarak = loss went for $44 US

So not too bad 1 loss and 15 wins. I was most happy about some of the 1 centers as those bloody antenna would go for $30 and the leg guards, WOW. Must’ve been my day.

Whats Next?

So with all that won and paid for my hunt is now only down to two items. Lord Zarak and the elevator. The elevator i’ll prob get for about $30 but Zarak will be a long war. In the meantime i might just buy a KO Zarak from a online friend for a lot cheaper than they selling on eBay. Just so i can have 1 complete Scorponok.

So now i’ll have two scorponok bodies and 1 lot of bits.

Until next time.

karmacows out.