Argonauts T-800 Endoskeleton Part 1
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I found this rare kit on Ebay. It was not cheap, considering it is a kit and not a finished model. It was made back in 1991 by a Japanese company called ArgoNauts. The kit consists of vinyl/resin and diecast metal parts.
There is not much information about this kit online, but here are some resources I have found that covers building this kit.
- t-800.jp - Argonauts 1/4
- t-800.jp - Argonauts 1/4 final
- The RPF - Building the 1/4 scale argo nauts T-800 endoskeleton
The instruction manual is in Japanese, but the pictures are nice and easy to understand how everything fits together.
There is a lot of flash / excess material you have to remove from the parts, that come from the casting process.
The metal parts are very brittle, and cracks easily. I broke several parts during construction/handling that had to be reparied with epoxy glue. A future enhancement would be to re-create these parts in a harder material.
I sorted the parts into groups and placed them into plastic bags, so no part would get lost.
Some resin parts was warped due to heat (and time). I needed to heat them in warm water and try bending them back into their original shape.
The hands and feet is made of metal, and very fragile. I used epoxy glue to put them together to create a very strong bond.
I made a little "jig" to hold the parts for the feet while gluing.