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Repairing Crushed Big Box Games with the "Retro Hot Plate"

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17th February 2022 20 min

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Squashed, flattened, broken or torn cardboard game boxes can be heart breaking and I appear to own more than most. Often they are included with a donated system, languishing at the bottom of a box. So I thought I'd try to make good some of the examples I have by coming up with a technique to straighten them out. I'm sure we can refine this further in time but I'm pretty happy with the results so far, it just needs a name!

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00:00 Intro

01:24 Testing out some techniques to repair boxes

04:44 Who are

05:04 A device to repair squashed big box games

10:15 Repairing Lotus 2 squashed game box

13:34 Fixing lots of squashed big box games

16:26 Conclusion on fixing squashed cardboard boxes

19:07 A 60 second game restoration

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Sheet of metal - Mine is 300x300x5mm

The magnets I bought are no longer listed on Amazon, they were described as "Neodymium Magnet Pins 36mm, N52". If you find a suitable alternative please let me know and I'll add the link here.

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