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Hello All,

This is my first post, but hopefully not my last...

First, let me say this site is amazing! A real trove of useful information, tidbits and wonderful modeling examples. You all are really into it and that's just awesome. It's a privilege being a part of this community.

Now, about my dilemma. I recently purchased a Blitzway Tony "Tiny" Montana and the figure looks BOSS. Totally on point and really, really close to the production prototype stills. Great. Here's the problem though - the chair. It looks pretty much spot-on (a few minor scale quibbles aside, it's top-notch), BUT one of the armrests is warped/bent beyond good taste.

The chair materials, according to Blitzway's site, are ABS+PVC. The armrests each connect at two points to the rest of chair. I believe the armrests can actually be disassembled from the chair, but I am not 100% sure of that.

HOW DO I BEND THIS BACK INTO SHAPE? A blowdryer? But will that mar the paint job? I am really at a loss and don't want to commit to something that could be utterly disastrous.

I have received this so far from the company in question, Blitzway...

>Sorry about late reply.
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>If it is slightly bent, I thinks it is ok.
>Please send us the picture of it.
>We will try to find a way to fix it.
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>Thanks
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>Won Choi
>President, Blitzway
>www.blitzway.com
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>[email protected]
>Tel 82 70 4045 7692
>Fax 82 2 745 7692
>Mobile 82 10 3223 3852

I sent them a picture and am awaiting there response. Best case scenario they send me a new chair, but I suspect that this will fall under the category of "slightly bent" by Blitzway. I hope not!

Thanks so much in advance everybody!

d_b
 

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I would try dipping in hot water first as it would be less likely to damage the paint. If that doesnt soften the plastic enough to bend it back into shape, increase the heat to boiling water. With most Pvc plastics a short soak should be enough to soften them. If you can remove the arm it would help as you would only have to get that bit hot. Be careful if you do decide to use a blow dryer, as it would be easy to get the surface and therefore the paint too hot, Good Luck.
 

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UPDATE: I contacted BLITZWAY and they are nice enough to send me a replacement chair free of charge -or- at the very most a nominal fee for a cross-ship.

I don't work for BLITZWAY in any way, shape or form, but they were incredibly punctual and helpful. Customer Service Grade: A. Also, just an FYI, not sure what body-type they use, but the joints actually seem to click and lock. This style of body feels very sturdy to me, but i'm sort of new to the hobby.

does anybody know the style of body in question? i'm not sure how proprietary these armatures are.

thanks for all your suggestions and help, btw. very much appreciated.
 
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