Quoted from schwism:
Great thread. Thanks for documenting the process for all of us.
I’m about ready to start a topside teardown on mine and had a question about the order of things. Looks like I start by removing the piece with the upside down star posts, then the Steps ramp on the left. Habitrails are next, then the right ramp. Is that correct?
After that it looks straightforward but want to make sure about the ramps.
Correct on those steps to remove. It’s pretty easy tear down on this title and you can’t really do one step (no pun intended) without the other. Meaning less confusing as there’s not ramps going all over the place.
Quoted from Squeakman:
I have that same rivet press it’s a great tool. I’m curious do you have the longer dies also? I don’t and find it very hard to get into tight spaces. Also, I am curious if you have a recommendation for a soldering station or wand(reasonably priced) that is worthy of the type of restorations you do? I am starting to do swaps and find I would probably use the wand more at this point .
Yes! It is really good. Having that same issue as you, I got the long ones. Highly recommend. There’s only been a few times where I couldn’t do something.
I’m probably a bar person to answer this question. I use a Weller WES51 at a recommendation from both a family member and friend when entering the hobby. My only wand usage was a craftsman one I bought in high school. It sucked then and sucks now. I used it a few times to attach, not solder lol for a few repairs early on and that was enough.
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