2 Questions: Shockblast and Thundershred/Stormbomb

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  1. UNICRON-WMD

    UNICRON-WMD SOUL MACHINE TFW2005 Supporter

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    Hi all, have to questions for the pros around here.

    I want to remove the black emblems on Thundershred and Stormbomb's chests. I have heard you can use Rubbing Alcohol/Isopropyl Alcohol? Is this true? Wont it damage the yellow paint underneath?

    Also, I am thinking of doing a Shockblast custom to Classics Shockwave. What arms do you think I should look at for the mod and what for his gun arm? I want it as G1 as possible with a Classics update.

    Thanks for your time,
    WMD
     

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  2. Quantum25

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    This probably should be moved to the Creative General Discussion section, but to answer your question, yes Rubbing Alcohol/Isopropyl Alcohol would most likely remove the emblems from their chests. It is possible that it can damage the underlaying paint and plastic.

    However if you're worried about damaging the yellow paint, the easier route would be just to cover the emblems with Decepticon Insignias (they can be some stickers you have laying around or Reprolabels)
     
  3. Quantum25

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    As for good arms for a Shockwave custom, the ones from the Cybertron Voyager Scattorshot mold, Voyager Classics Jetfire, and the Cybertron Voyager Red Alert mold seem to work well.

    Some good ideas for Shockwave's gun hand include using the original's or his Alternator/Binaltech gun hand, or just scratch-building your own.

    Hope this helps, looking forward to how Shockwave turns out.
     
  4. Robot.MacGyver

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    The Yellow chest section on (ThunderShred)(-thanks -Nemesis Predaking) does not seem to be painted.
    It looks like a solid piece of Yellow plastic.
    A magic eraser and just plain old water should get the job done.
    No alcohol needed and I wouldn't trust it on anything 3rd party.
    The plastic they use has got to be different than the formula Hasbro has and my not do well when exposed to solvents.
    That being said, Alcohol will ruin some types of clear / transparent plastic on contact.
    Some items will literally crumble in your hands.

    Magic erasers are by far an indispensable paint removal tool, esp. for tampo-graphs.
     
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  5. Nemesis Predaking

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    Thundershred's chest is yellow plastic you'll be fine using Isopropyl Alcohol to remove the logo. (I've done it)

    Stormbomb's chest is painted yellow, you'll remove the yellow paint if you Isopropyl Alcohol on it.
     
  6. UNICRON-WMD

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    Thanks for the great reply guys. I'll see what I can do about removing the logo.

    I'll see what I can find for Shockwave. Thanks again.
     
  7. Robot.MacGyver

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    Thanks for the correction there.

    I didn't even see he mentioned Stormbomb too.

    Doh!!
     
  8. G.I.EDDIE

    G.I.EDDIE Purple treads suck!

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    i used acetone on my not-insecticons w/o problem...others warn against it...*shugs*
     
  9. blaynescott

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    For Thundershread (the woverine-esk claw guy), it's yellow cast plastic - I used Mr. Color thinner on a Q-tip and gently rubbed the area until the Thundershread logo came off. I then applied a reprolabel sticker after letting the area sit for a few hours (just in case there was thinner residue).


    For the Stormbomb logo (the one with the ninja sickles) I looked closely, and it's yellow paint - so tread carefully. I just used a good-sized Decepticon reprolabel sticker - and it completely covered the 'Stormbomb' logo without the need for any tampo-removal.

    I can post a pic of my set if you'd like.

    Hope you can get these guys looking how you want. They're really nice figures. :) 
     
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    I've used acetone on DC Direct figure stands before to remove the thickly-printed on logos - and it's very, very easy for that stuff to eat right into the plastic, depending on it's %. The kind of stuff you get at a hardware store is far too strong for something like this I'd think. Glad it worked out for you, but I'd be worried about wiping across the plastic with acetone, and finding grooves eaten into the plastic where the paper towel went across, or bits of cotton stuck in the plastic from where it melted in.
     
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    It's off to Creative GD we go!
     
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    Yikes! I don't know how you've used acetone in the past, and not had it melt the plastic. I mean, that's what it's meant to do! I use a couple of drops of acetone in the mix when I'm dyeing figures, but I'd never apply it directly.

    As for Shockblast, for a no fuss solution, apparently Classics Jetfire/Treadshot is one of the easiest choices. His entire arms can be swapped at the shoulder with almost no modification, and they're a bit streamlined looking, much like G1 Shockwave. My only problem with those arms is that they don't have a twist at the bicep, which is something I want to have in my Shockwave.

    Going with other arms gets more complicated, since Energon Shockblast is so asymmetrical that his arms are constructed differently. If you want to keep his original shoulders, it's going to be a bit tricky.

    Classics Dropshot
    is a good figure for harvesting spare parts (they used to be quite plentiful and made the rounds on clearance)... one of his pop-out cannons would make a good arm-gun for Shockblast. For something a little more impressive, you could try using part of the barrel from an Armada Megatron (or the mini-versions of him that come with both of the Energon Megatrons).

    zmog
     
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    I used Powerglides leg for my gun arm. The Knee flap looks kind of like a blast shield. But it's small enough to not draw too much attention to itself. And even though this is OLD!!!!!!!! Why screw with Acetone when the Magic Eraser does the job of removing the insignias with NO WORRIES. Just seems dumb to use anything that could potentially ruin the figure. But go ahead and be stubborn and use Acetone if you wish. But by far the smartest idea belonged to the one that said just put stickers over them.
     

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