Repairing Camel for "Camel Up!"




"Camel Up!" is a fun board game that involves strategy, betting, and luck. The key element is a race track with stackable camels that compete. My friend, Josh, received a set with a one orange camel that was shorter on one leg than the others...and as such, wouldn't stack! The horror! So I borrowed two for a week and did a little prosthetic camel leg repair. You can, too!

Step 1: What You'll Need

Two Camels (the bad one, and a good one)

Two part Epoxy

Masking Tape

Paper clip

Wire Snips

Sand Paper

Colored Paint

Step 2: Lengthen the Bad Leg

On the shorter side of the camel, drill a hole slightly larger than a paper clip. Then cut a short portion of the paper clip, add some mixed epoxy, and insert into the drilled hole.

Step 3: Mask the Good Camel

While the epoxy sets on the Bad Camel, tape off the Good Camel with masking tape. Make sure to take your time and cover all the curves and humps well. On the opposite side of the intended repair (in this case, the left side of the Good Camel--the right side is the side we'll repair), fold the tape over. This is important, as when combined with the next step, it will form a barrier to prevent epoxy from seeping out and ruining the Good & Bad Camel.

Then flip the Good Camel over and place a piece of masking tape along the opposite side (left side). The sticky side will be up.

Step 4: Create a Camel Mold

Add the Bad Camel (with paper clip peg-leg) directly on top of the Good Camel to make a mold. The Bad Camel will stick to the masking tape, creating a small void. Push the Bad Camel firmly onto the sticky masking tape, as well as against the Good Camel.

Step 5: Add the Epoxy

Mix together some more epoxy, and using the rest of the paper clip from earlier, use it to add the epoxy to the camels. Push the paper clip into the glue to remove any air bubbles.

Let it dry for a day. The epoxy will set quicker than this, but you want it to be nice and firm.

After a day, remove the tape, gently sand the new camel let, then coat with the appropriate color of spray paint. The new camel leg should fit perfectly into all other camels, and you'll be back at it.

Step 6: Start Stacking!

Now you'll have a recuperated camel that can act as top, middle, or bottom camel, whereas before, orange on bottom wouldn't work at all.

I totally failed to snap any pics of the final side...or the painting (I get excited at the end of a project and sort of lose focus in the rush to finish)...but I'll remember that for future projects. Let's just say that Josh, the friend with the game, is very particular about his gaming pieces, and he was thrilled to have a fully functioning game piece.



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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for sharing, what a great first Instructable! Do you have any more pictures of the final steps? I've never heard of Camel Up, looks cute!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I forget to take pics when I paint...I usually have messy fingers and I'm usually paranoid that I'll get paint on my phone/camera.


    4 years ago

    Neat! That looks cool, never heard of the game, but its a must try! Thanks!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It's a fun game, perfect for large groups (6 players, I think). Lots of energy!


    4 years ago

    I love the idea of using epoxy as a filler for things like this!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It is perfect for stuff like this. Not any real stress on the joint, dries fast, sands well and takes paint well.