Autobot : Bumblebee

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  1. frenzyrumble

    frenzyrumble Banned

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    Autobot : Bumblebee (alt mode pics added 4/1)

    Here's a recent custom of mine, an oldie, but goodie (one of my favorite TFTM figures)

    I removed all factory paints, and cleaned him all nice and good. Removed the stiff plain hands and added new articulated hands from a gundam. I have some stuff called "Plasticote" which is a paint on rubber for tool handles, which came in hand to get the ball joints on the gundam hands big enough and tight enough inside their sockets of the forearms.

    Another cool addition to this guy was the request to make interchangeable faces. The back 3/4 of the head remains permanent on the ball joint, and the 2 faces were hollowed out. On the back of each face is a thin small magnet. They can quickly be swapped out.

    The racing stripes were painted using some nice Tamiya lining tape. He was primed with Krylon Fusion yellow mixed with a drop of red. I base coated him in Testor's "Amber Yellow" metallic through the air brush, then clear coated him in an iridescent yellow gloss lacquer. The faces were a challenge yet, I am quite please how detailed they came out, this is an EXCELLENT figure to paint.

    On a final note, I will be adding Alt mode pics later this week, once the clear coat is cured.

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  2. deliciouspeter

    deliciouspeter Back in Black TFW2005 Supporter

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    Such a great figure. Beautiful work.
     
  3. thyvipera

    thyvipera ThyVipera

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    that's a beautiful yellow. excellent job, looks factory.

    those changeable faces are too cool. awesome custom.
     
  4. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    Nice!
     
  5. Rijie78

    Rijie78 Vinyl junkie.

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    Great paintjob, extra points for adding articulated hands :) 
     
  6. Lbsammills51

    Lbsammills51 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome...I love how the blue eyes glow a bit.
     
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    looks awesome
     
  8. Autobot Burnout

    Autobot Burnout SANTARN IS COMING AGAIN TFW2005 Supporter

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    THIS is Premium Series Bumblebee! Excelent work!
     
  9. frenzyrumble

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    Thanks!

    Thanks, the yellow matches the factory Ultimate BB's paint, however mine is more metallic, shiny, and lacquer.

    Thanks Solrac

    Thank you. Articulated hands are a must have when so simple to swap in.

    I blended several hues of light blue to white (center) to give it that appearance. I wish I could LED his eyes, eh, maybe the ROTF one I got planned.

    Nope, entirely repainted.
     
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    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    Great repaint of a great toy of a great character. Great job, F_R!
     
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    Wonderful job... too late for a suggestion of adding the ears on the normal mode or hollowing out the the tracks for the face mask on the battle mode?
     
  12. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Man f_r, that's awesome as hell. Your painting is one of the few on these boards that have inspired me to paint some of my figures. I think that iwhen the preveiw BB for RoTF comes out I'll be using him to make up a nice parts bot to make my custom BB better! Thanks so much for posting! Also, what do you mean by primed him with fusion yellow with a touch of red?? How did you add the touch of red???? Did you spray them into smaller jars and mix from there?? That would be mssy I think. Thanks again!
     
  13. frenzyrumble

    frenzyrumble Banned

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    Thanks Split

    Should the "normal mode" have the ears? I maybe should have payed closer attentions, thanks for the tip.

    I've been spraying my fusion into it's cap, then pouring into my air brush (top gravity feed) while in the cap, I added a drop of red to give it the orange hue. Thanks for the compliment, glad I can help.
     
  14. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    I'm assuming that u added fusion red to the yellow, thanks for the info! I may need to try this some time. Maybe for my next repaint of the figure.
     
  15. Satomiblood

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    Loving the alternate heads.
     
  16. nellie131

    nellie131 Well-Known Member

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    what size hands are they mike?for one of my next customs im doing a deluxe size TF and need some in scale are they 1/144 scale?
     
  17. frenzyrumble

    frenzyrumble Banned

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    You know, I am not really sure. I think they are 1/144, usually the 1/100s have art. thumbs, right?
     
  18. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    that is really sweet. I love the gun.
     
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    nellie131 Well-Known Member

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    i think so as 1/100 hands look more alternator sized when i looked at one of my gundams, oh and meant to say last post great work as usual!
     
  20. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    actually the 1/100 scale gundam ussualy have articulates harnds such as the ones that youve been using f_r. its the Mast grade models that have the ball jointed thumbs.
     
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