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    Default C64 Case Clip repair

    So I picked up a nice early C64 breadbin earlier this week. Unfortunately, while functionally perfect, the case clips at the back were all broken, so the case was flapping about by the front screws.

    That's no good, I thought, and went looking for a solution.

    A quick Google returned a potential solution in a product called Polymorph

    Plyable in hot water, it sets when cool to the consistency of nylon plastic. I picked some up on the way home and got to work!

    First the granules are mixed in hot water:
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    Once mixed, the Polymorph can be removed and moulded to the desired shape. I put the two case halves together (minus the motherboard and keyboard for ease of access. A top tip here is to smear the areas of the case to be molded lightly with Vaseline, as we don't want the Polymorph to stick just yet. Here's one clip part way through molding.
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    Give things about 20 minutes to cool off in place, the Polymorph will have turned completely white. It's important to not remove them too soon as doing so risks distortion in the finished clip if they haven't completely cured.

    Then, thanks to the Vaseline, we can simply pop them out. Make sure you keep track of which clip goes where as each clip will be moulded perfectly to its case counterpart:
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    Trim them to size:
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    Clean both them and the case to remove all traces of the aforementioned vaseline, then glue them in place with liberal amounts of superglue and allow to set:
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    Here's a close up view of one of the clips, as you can see it's a very good fit!
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    And finally a shot of the completed patient
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    Hope this helps people!

    B

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    Good work B!!!

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    Looks good. I am hoping to do something similar on my Amiga(s)!

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    Very cool B, a really excellent job. Where would you obtain some of this Polymorph? Is it the sort of tackle you can buy readily?

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    Cheers all I picked this up at my local Maplins, €11 for a 150g packet which I reckon would do about 10 C64's.

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    Brilliant repair work, this.

    Polymorph is one of the brand names under which "Friendly Plastic" (as I believe it's known in North America) is sold, correct? I heard of the stuff a while ago, whilst reading some handicrafting-related articles, and saw a mention that the low melting point can pose an issue when it's used in warm environments. I don't imagine that a C64 would run warm enough to melt clips made from Polymorph, but I'd be very interested in how it holds up over time, and on hot days, etcetera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balford View Post
    Cheers all I picked this up at my local Maplins, €11 for a 150g packet which I reckon would do about 10 C64's.

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    100g for about 3.15 posted via ebay (buy it now)

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100g-Polym...item43c7ee3294

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrappysphinx View Post
    100g for about 3.15 posted via ebay (buy it now)

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100g-Polym...item43c7ee3294
    Damn it that means I have to be patient and wait for it through the post

    Ah, top man, cheers. I probably should have been less of a lazy sod and looked myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrappysphinx View Post
    100g for about 3.15 posted via ebay (buy it now)

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100g-Polym...item43c7ee3294
    Yes, but postage would have been more to Ireland, plus I'm an impatient bugger, and it would have meant you good folks wouldn't have had this thread till this time next week

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