Is your LEGO-king or crown-prince tired of wearing a big crown with a heavy neck-protector? Well, unfortunately LEGO only makes battle-crowns for the rulers of your LEGO kingdom. So, to lighten up their crowns you need to do a little modification.
I’m certainly not the first one to customize the crown this way. The main reason I’m doing this tutorial is for your safety.
Many LEGO-fans use an X-ACTO knife or other hobby-blade to modify LEGO elements. On most LEGO pieces this method works really well. However the LEGO crown is an extremely thick piece, and I believe it is made of a different type of plastic; harder than regular LEGO parts.
I personally know two people who seriously cut themselves trying to use an X-ACTO knife to modify the LEGO crown. Because it is so hard to cut thru this element, the knife can easily slip. So, please don’t hurt yourself!
You could perform the process much safer with a hobby-saw, or in my experience the safest and easiest method is a good pair of scissors!
(Please read our Tutorials Disclaimer here for your safety before attempting any of the processes described below.)
1. Carefully cut off the neck-protector all around. This is just the first part of the modification, so you don’t have to be exact. Just cut it off as nicely as you can, following the line between the crown and the neck-protector. (You may also want to snip off the nose-guard.)
2. Once the neck-protector is off you can smooth down the edge by filing or sanding it down.
3. Even though the edge with the cut is now without the chrome finish, it doesn’t need painting. The underlying plastic is a yellowish clear color, and it blends with the chrome nicely. Hardly noticeable!
Done! Our prince is quite happy with his lighter crown!