I have a nice postwar Lionel F-3 A unit that has a horn that is bent above horizontal (see image). Would appreciate recommendations on how to fix this without risking damage to the plastic shell. Thanks, Tom
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I’d go with the latter of what Rick said....he’s right on the money....best to get the horn out of there before attempting a repair....I’ve tried the cheat method with disastrous results many many moons ago.....even if you accidentally break one of fold overs, a tiny drop of epoxy would hold it forever....
Thanks all for your suggestions based on personal experience. I will first try using my thumb and fingers; and if it doesn't want to bend I might try some needle-nose pliers after applying electrical tape to the tips of the pliers to avoid scratching the metal. Tom
I used needle-nose pliers to bend two horns back into place. I first covered the plier jaws with electrical tape so I would be less likely to scratch the horn assembly. I applied a small amount of torque and the metal slowly bent back to a more normal position. The amount of force needed was below any concern over damaging the plastic. I purchased the F-3 set on eBay and they arrived today. I've attached before and after pictures for the two bent horns. Tom
That’s great Tom!..what a pretty set of Southerns.....I’m sure glad it worked out like Chuck suggested, ...I would have been puckered up on a nice set of 2356’s like that...Santa Fe’s, sure....but those you don’t see all the time,....and they look like a premium set....great job!,..chalk another one up for Chuck!..