Minor/Repaint: Classics Thundercracker Custom

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  1. roykop

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    I decided to pick up an extra Acid Storm I came across and customize it into a Thundercracker, seeing as how I'll never be able to pickup the BotCon one, and am undecided if the Henkei versions are worth the costs. Maybe some day when the prices drop, but for now, this guy will have to do:

    I decided to try and stick close to the Botcon design, even though I have seen many well designed variations. I am still new to customizing transformers, and while there is still much room for improvement, I think this is my best one yet. Sadly, the paint on the upper legs rub off if I try to put it in jet mode, so for now he's stuck as he is. The spray paint blue turned out OK, but my technique, and very likely my patience need a lot of work.

    Only thing missing are the reprolabels on the wings, haven't ordered them yet. Still not sure if I should put the 'con logos upright or upside down while he stands in bot mode. Suggestions?

    In addition, I'm trying to think of some other good ideas to try painting. I'm useless at bashing multiple figs together, but for straight up repaints, I'm open to ideas. Currently trying to help my roommate repaint 2.0 Prowl into Smokescreen.
     

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  2. MrMurder

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    damn dude, excellent work
     
  3. thyvipera

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    nice job
     
  4. Rod

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    what color/brand did you use?
     
  5. ad0nis01

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    it looks really good!
     
  6. autobotx23

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    Nice masking on the stripes. Nice work.
     
  7. red00wolf

    red00wolf insatiable collector

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    nice really clean,the shade of blue is awsome.
     
  8. roykop

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    Thanks everyone!

    The Spraypaint I used was Krylon Fusion for Plastic. I don't see a color name, but it's the standard blue that was available at Walmart. I also used the same brand for the white and red.

    One thing to keep in mind though, is that I dont think I applied enough layers of paint on the wings and missles, whereas the back area and some spots of the legs seem to have too much! The wings almost have a "sandy" texture to them, but look ok anyway. The silver and some of the other custom painted colors are Tamiya acrylic paints.
     
  9. Superquad7

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    This is top notch work man! Everything looks excellent! :thumb 
     
  10. solidus

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    This might help, its not a guarantee that the paint will not chip off but atleast it will prevent from easy chip. You might want to try using a clear type spray could be flat clear or shiny clear . That is what I did to my custom and its more than 3 mos but it does not chip off, I did put on a primer flat black so that the paint would stick good on the plastic.
     
  11. doomtron

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    oh that looks amazing! i was wondering what seeker i might want to do when i get acidstorm i think you just made my choice easy
     
  12. Mega-Prime 316

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    The chipping problem can be tough. I have used the Testors clear coat and lately have started using Future floor finish. Both work pretty well. :) 
     
  13. Ramrider

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    Very nice work. A brighter blue than I'd go for myself, but it still works really well, and the striping's beautifully done.

    As for the insignias, I say right way up, totally. I don't see the logic in putting them the other way - when they're mounted on the wings, they're facing upward, and as such there is no relative top and bottom, so it's not like that's really a factor. Besides, this way, you can see what side he's on when he's flying toward you at full pelt... :p 
     
  14. Lucs

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    Man that looks good for a guy that's 'still new to customizing transformers.' In regards to the Botcon or Henkai version, there's no need to pay for those guys once you've made a custom this good. It's yours and it probably feels better to make it than buy, I know that's how I felt when I made mine.

    Suggestions for other customs:
    If you like Alts paint rumble blue, it's not that hard once you take him apart and take your time letting the pieces dry.
    Acid Storm could use a more cartoon accurate paint job
    I would hold off on repainting the current Classics guys until we see what kind of crap Hasbro/Fun Publications is gonna pull for Botcon 2009
    Powerglide could use some Burgandy
    Cybertron Armorhide is an easy Huffer
    If anything I would suggest to buy doubles or triples of figures, especially when on sale, so you will have repaint fodder when you want it
     
  15. Ramrider

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    Indeed. And here's some inspiration for that (though personally I think he could at least do with a faceplate)... :p 

    Seems decent advice if you can afford it. And if you like a mould but not the character, there's always the option of making your own. That's how Coldfire came about...
     
  16. roykop

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    Gotta agree with you guys on the multiples (when I can afford it :wink: )

    Both Prowl and Sunstreaker are pretty nice for repaints, but there's just someting about that seeker mold that is a lot of fun. I suppose I could always go for Sunstorm, or just invent my own! I doubt I'll come across another cheap Ramjet to make a dirge, but i'll keep my eyes peeled.
     
  17. Ramrider

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    You probably won't - I just had to pay a hair over the odds for mine...
     
  18. NeoZeRo35

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    Very nice! I know I'll have to try this in the future. Did you take him apart before painting?
     
  19. roykop

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    I did take him apart, but only in places that had ball joints or screws. I'm not about to start trying to remove pin joints, that will guarantee I screw it up :) 
     
  20. plowking

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    Man, this came out great!!
     

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