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Long Neck 65cm

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Long Neck 65cm

Postby K2! » Wed May 08, 2013 6:47 pm

Currently there are two versions of the new Obitsu 65cm male, the stock version (right), available from the Obitsu online shop and the Visuadoll version, (left) Takeshi Oda.
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The Visuadoll version has an odd head to neck connection involving a leather cup and a larger than normal hole in the base of the head rather than the conventional rounded hollow in the bottom of the head like all other 1/3 scale Obitsus.
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This arrangement allows Takeshi’s head to sit lower on the neck, while the stock body and head have more of a “watermelon on a fence post” look. The stock head doesn’t look properly grounded on the neck.

To remedy this, we are going to shorten the stock version’s neck. The tools required are:

1) A hobby size back saw. A simple hack saw blade can be substituted but the thinner blade of the back saw is better.

2) A sharp xacto or similar hobby knife.

3) A soft pencil for marking plastic and vinyl.

4) A measuring device, tape or ruler.

5) A small piece of fine sand paper or small file.

6) A hair dryer (optional)
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First, grasp the head from the back, just below the ears and squeeze. With a slight back and forth twisting motion, pull gently upward to remove the head and neck piece.
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With the head off, measure down from the top of the neck vinyl about 1.2cm. Make 6-8 such marks around the neck.
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With the Xacto, remove the top of the neck vinyl by cutting slowly from one mark to the next. If you are more comfortable you can connect the marks with your pencil before cutting.

Next we need to shorten the neck piece so it will fit farther down into the neck opening. Measure up from the bottom of the neck piece 1cm and with the back saw remove the lower portion of the neck piece, cutting below the 1 cm mark.
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You can rest the neck piece for cutting on a table edge as shown but place a piece of thick cardboard like the back of a pad of paper or scrap of plywood underneath so you don’t cut into the table top. If your head already has a face-up, you can use a clean piece of cloth or a paper towel to place over the head while cutting the neck piece. If you are more comfortable (and don’t mind braving reinstalling the neck piece) you can remove the neck piece before cutting. Use the hair dryer to warm the area around the neck piece for easier removal and re-insertion.

With the sand paper or file, de-bur your cut on the neck piece.

If you removed the neck piece, reassemble the head and neck piece and put the head/neck piece assembly back on the body, making sure to tuck the top of the neck vinyl into the cup/recess in the bottom of the head.
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And you’re done. Now the stock head sits more comfortably on the neck.
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Re: Long Neck 65cm

Postby cirquemom » Wed May 08, 2013 9:17 pm

Great! Yes, looks pretty straight-forward.
The length of that neck always bugged me.
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Re: Long Neck 65cm

Postby Trethowan » Fri May 10, 2013 11:03 pm

Which shop carries these dolls? I'd assumed it was Parabox's site but I didn't see them listed there yet. Would you mind sharing the URL? Thanks!

Thanks for the tutorial, the neck looks a lot better after being shortened.
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Re: Long Neck 65cm

Postby K2! » Sat May 11, 2013 12:31 am

The stock Obitsu 65cm is currently only being sold on the Obitsu Online Store. You'll need a proxy as Obitsu like many Japanese companies, doesn't ship internationally. Obitsu has been making small batches of 65cm males and they have been in and out of stock numerous times since their introduction back in August. They are currently in stock on their site for 21000yen.
http://www.obitsushop.com/SHOP/65BD-M01W-G.html

The Visuadoll 65cm, named Takeshi Oda, will be a bit tougher to find. A limited number was released in early April. Several have appeared on Mandarake.
http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/ca ... llfie.html
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Re: Long Neck 65cm

Postby Trethowan » Sat May 11, 2013 1:31 am

Aha! Thank you very much.
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Re: Long Neck 65cm

Postby Burget » Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:53 am

cirquemom wrote:Great! Yes, looks pretty straight-forward.
The length of that neck always bugged me.


Yeah, sometimes they are way too long.
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