Broken DDS Shoulder?
As may of you that are in the hobby knows… VOLKSs DDS and DD3 bodies have a very bad issue with cracking. Specially the shoulder and elbow. Even thou VOLKS has revised the upper torso part DDS-BF-01 (for DDS & DD3) with a shoulder flange and shoulder connection ring that is twice as thick as the earlier releases (DDS bodies that came with Marisa & Reimu); I have heard of the same cracking issue still.
Even thou the revised DDS-BF-01 is still expected to crack, it is still sold out everywhere… Everyone who’s got a DDS or DD3 is looking for this part to replace the broken shoulder(s) of their girls. So today, I’ve decided to do a quick fix on this part…
It required a very small zip tie and a small drill bit that is just a tad bigger than the zip tie. First you drill a hole right below the ring… and here is what it looks like from the front.
From the back , you will notice the hole drilled is a bit lower than the ring.. take a hobby knife and trim until the hole is up to the bottom the of the ring..
now take your zip tie and thread it through the hole from front to back, than around the ring from top..
tighten the zip tie so it is snug around the ring.. at this point you can put the arm part in the ring to test and see if it is tight enough.. the zip tie can be tighten a bit more if the ring appears to be loose still…
Trim away the access zip tie..
NOTE: You may also use superglue to glue the cracked areas back up or if the ring was cracked in pieces… and then apply this quick fix.
by all means, this was just my attempt to do a quick fix on this, but it does not solves the problem 100%. Until a better designed replacement comes out, we’re all stuck with this for now. I will make an attempt to recast the revised shoulder parts in a more ductile material to hopefully fix this problem once and for all.