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I have (or rather my daughter has) a Fabuland umbrella which has been snapped off where it meets the base (probably over 30 years ago when her mum was a child).

I've seen Can I repair a broken LEGO brick with glue?, but in the best case the joint could only be as strong as the original plastic, and this is a weak spot where small hands are likely to use the pole as a lever (the base is an unusual design of slots, just visible in the BrickLink picture, and is a rather tight fit). So I thought I'd reinforce it, perhaps by gluing something like Brick, Round 2 x 2 with Axle Hole as the axle hole will also take a normal flagpole (3.18mm), but the umbrella pole is a little larger. Replacements are several pounds, and some of those are even broken in the same way.

Is there a slightly larger standard I don't know about - or would I be reduce to getting out the drill to make a reinforced version?

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One option might be to make yourself an ABS slurry by dissolving a sacrificial part of the desired color in Acetone:

ABS slurry in jar

This should be able to bond chemically with the ABS parts for a strong connection, and you'll have extra plastic material to work with, so you should even be able to make it stronger than the original design by building up the area slightly if desired.

You might want to practice on some other broken parts first to make sure that this works the way you expect.

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  • Very interesting. I definitely want to build it up with something, so maybe I'll have to try sculpting with the slurry – Chris H Mar 4 at 7:47
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    In the end I used a fake Lego brick (a good colour match) dissolved in lab-grade acetone, and so far haven't reinforced the join. It seems reasonably strong, but the process of dissolving the brick seems to have affected the colour, so the join is much paler, and I couldn't get a good enough slurry. – Chris H Apr 14 at 12:41
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    @ChrisH Great job! I'm glad this worked for you. – jncraton Apr 14 at 14:27

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