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Old 31-07-2022, 07:07 PM
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Default Juliet leg disaster and (hopefully) recovery

Poor Juliet's left leg has "come" off. It is removeable but the joining stud has sheared off.
This thread will hopefully document her recovery to full health.

This is what the top of the legs look like!


The stud is still (just about) ok on the right leg.
The studs had a drilled indentation which acts as a registration hole. This is a weak point and of course it is where the stud sheared off.



The stud on the right leg is bending slightly at the same point.

Juliet's hip joints are very tight and it takes quite a bit of leverage on her lower leg to move the hip joints.
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Old 31-07-2022, 07:11 PM
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eek!

Hope it all goes well. What's the plan?
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Old 31-07-2022, 07:14 PM
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Looking up Juliet's legs towards her naughty bits we have.



This is a section of hexagonal bar, welded to the thigh leg tube, with a hole down the middle to take the stud.

Each face is drilled and tapped for grub screws to hold the leg in place by gripping the stud.

I removed the grub screw holding the broken part of the stud but it fell into the thigh tube. Juliet rattles a bit now

The hole is just over 10mm in diameter with nothing much for some distance 50mm? up the tube.
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Old 31-07-2022, 07:24 PM
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Here is the plan...

I have ordered a 10mm dia stainless steel (SS) rod with the hope of cutting to to a reasonable length (75mm or longer).
The face of the broken stud on the lower leg needs grinding flat (with mega care and protection to the silicone) then, drill a small pilot hole followed by a 10mm dia hole.
Push and epoxy weld the half the SS of rod into the drilled hole. When fully cured mate it with the thigh section add some grub screws and see how it feels.
I probably need to file some small flats on the SS rod to stop the lower leg twisting.

Spot welding would be more reliable but i would fear for the silicone with the heat that involves.

I will document progress for those who are interested.
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Old 31-07-2022, 08:48 PM
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A better view of the stud assembly


Need it cut/grind that level with the part it is welded to then drill out a hole for the SS rod

Failing that, send it off to the repair shop and let Dominic have his way with her - could get good ratings ?
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Good luck with the repair on Juliet. She deserves it. This is not the first post I've come across concerning this problem with this type of doll.
Just as a thought for when she's fixed. Is it possible to manually position the hips first before you attach the legs for posing, or play? I ask as I can see this being an ongoing scenario with detachable legs.
If this is not possible, and guessing you are mechanically minded, then maybe you could make a steel sleeve bar. That way, you could insert this lever over the upper thigh connector which will allow you to preposition the angle you desire, before you attach the legs.
So over time the hips will free up enough that you won't have to use it, or put unecessary strain on the leg joints. Hope this helps for when you've fixed her.
Maybe the manufacturers of this type of doll should include one such sleeve bar. It would have to be around twelve to fifteen inches long, and the strength of a car wheel brace. In fact very similar to one.
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Good luck with the repair, hope all goes well for Juliet. I'll be watching with interest.
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Good luck with this - hope it works out.
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...should include one such sleeve bar....
...and maybe spot weld it to one end or the other.

Looks like good progress is being made.
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Oh wow. that's not good from such a manufacturer

Good luck with the repair.

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