Normally something exploding would be a bad thing, but when a toy has a neat ‘magic trick’ style effect of blowing up that won’t work, it’s a real downer.
This vintage brief case when opened the wrong way is supposed to make a outside panel pop off flying through the air, leaving the stunned victim a view of a burnt out and destroyed secret mission briefcase.
Restoring this item was a challenge as originally the plan was to re-attach the broken piece. After trying multiple methods (shown in the video), a solution to fabricate the functionality of the original design by using a 2 part epoxy putty. I was actually surprised by how well it worked, and by it’s holding power and strength.