A number of weeks in the past chances are you’ll bear in mind I picked up each a technology I AND technology II Ninjago spinner in my LEGO Finds. The seemingly divine intervention was likelihood to crack open some ratty spinners and see what made them tick.
The technology I spinner is a straightforward begin. There are three tiny screws on the underside. This permits the highest piece to return off in addition to reveals a chunky drop-solid steel piece. It even has an element quantity on it. I am not a scrapper and solely a good tinkerer so I am undecided what sort of steel it’s. It is not magnetic however it’s a lot heavier than I’d count on for aluminum. The floor is considerably uninteresting, however then once more it is for weight, not present. The interwebs recommend it might be zinc. At below $1/lb, this 1oz weight could be value about 6c. No level shopping for out the whole world inventory of Ninjago Spinners for scrapping. It would not actually style like a zinc pill although. Stainless?
The central fig stand was a bit of more durable to determine. It has a compression clip that goes via a gap within the backside portion. I chewed the tabs up a bit of bit earlier than I attempted pulling from the highest facet. A very good stable pliers grip on the upright portion, a bit of twist, and *BAM* my elbow hits the wall. The stand has no half quantity on it however the ring does.
Piece of cake, let’s deal with the second spinner. The design of this one is completely different. Where the gen. I has a tapered backside, that is flat with a protrusion solely on the pivot level. The attachment technique can also be completely different. Instead of mechanical fastening, it is designed to depend on snaps. Ugh, easy methods to pry that aside?
The fig stand can come out very first thing. That provides a bit of extra of a sturdy central portion to leverage towards. Oh look, this one has an element quantity on it! Same design and every thing. I am going to assume it is the identical half as the primary one.
At first I attempted pushing via the underside holes to launch the stress on the snaps. This did not work very nicely. After that I gently pried a flathead jeweler’s screwdriver between the 2 shells and s-l-o-w-l-y used some leverage. There was some plastic cracking however the snap launched quickly sufficient. The different two have been no simpler.
Once these are aside, you may get the steel weight out. This one is a distinct design however has no half quantity in it, only a mildew place stamp. The ring is a barely completely different design from gen. I however nonetheless noticeable. The little nubs on the ends are too small to slot in a minifig arm, however too huge for use in any of the anticipated mini-pin locations.
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