Nomura Robby Space Patrol/Moon Patrol Replacement Battery Cover
This listing is for a metal replacement battery cover door that fits the Nomura battery operated Robby Space Patrol, the Moon Car – Moon Patrol Space Division #3 and the Moon Space Ship. This replacement door is a hand worked, three piece reproduction of the original cover and each one is fitted to a toy to ensure proper fit and function. The bottom of the toy needs to be accessible in order to properly attach the cover. The hinges come pre-bent for proper insertion and care must be taken when installing. The reason so many of these toys end up with missing covers is primarily due to the fragile design of the hinges. Once the hinges are inserted into the ‘L’ slots (working from the inside of the toy), the hinge pins that are bent at 90 degrees are straightened with a plier to form a ‘T’ shape, effectively locking the door in place. I use a duck bill plier to flatten the hinge completely. Looking at the final pictures, I’m showing views (from the inside) of the door installed and closed. You can see the back side of the battery box. You’ll see the two legs of the hinge sticking straight up. If you flatten them out the door hinges will be locked in place.
If you are uncomfortable opening up the toy, the door hinges can be carefully inserted into the ‘L’ shaped slots and then closed and latched but please note that this should only be done if you don’t intend to insert the batteries. The cover, when inserted this way is only being supported by one half of each hinge. The battery weight will put too much pressure on the hinge and could break the pins. As you can see in the pictures, I’ve inserted a door into the bottom of one of my toys to test the fit of the door when the latch is engaged. Each door I make is tested in this fashion to guarantee an excellent fit for your toy. Other parts are available for this toy and will be listed soon.