Customs: Considering a Repaint

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  1. Tigertrack

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    I was looking at my G1 Scorponok figure the other day. I love it, absolutely awesome! But the only thing I don't like, is his purple/green Joker paint-scheme. So, last night I was thinking about doing a repaint on him.
    What colors would suit Scorponok? Want something similar so he's recognizable, but something darker and more menacing!
    Any suggestions, thoughts?
    Has anybody taken apart Scorponok? How much work is involved?
     
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    black/gold/red if you want to try black zarack
    or black/red/silver and go with a g1 version of bw scorponok
     
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    Looking at this big guy here, where would you put the colors?
    I was thinking of black for most of him, gun-metal for his legs and claws. Add a few flat-aluminum, flat-black accents here and there. [​IMG]
    I tried looking up TFWiki for him but didn't see any G1 versions.
     
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    Paint him in black and white and call him Venom ^_^.
    lol
     
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    Nah, don't want to change the name. I like Scorponok. I just don't like the Joker paint scheme.
     
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    When I repaint, should I put the original stickers back on, or leave em off? I was thinking about getting a set from Reprolabels for the project. But not sure if the stock stickers will look good on the repaint. It should at least have the Decepticon symbol for sure.
     
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    You could paint him in movie colors
     
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    Maybe....................
     
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    So check this out. Last night, I had an idea. I was thinking of painting the main body, legs, and forearms flat black. Scorpion's legs, tail, and claws gun-metal. His helmet, chest-plate, feet, chromed thing, guns, big gun, flat-aluminum. His stinger, and antennas on his helmet flat-red. The piece that clips onto his massive gun semi-gloss-black, and Lord Zarak possibly black? Then refit it with Reprolabels.
    Then, I was thinking about drilling holes into each of the gun-barrels to give them more depth and realism. Finally, giving the thrusters on his sides some orange LED's to simulate the glow of his turbines.
    What do you think?

    Oh yea, and I'd cover it all with dull clear coat.
     
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    Do you have any experience repainting figures?
     
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    Not figures, but die-cast cars. I took apart a blue Honda Insight model from Ebbro and repainted it to match my real car. Came out pretty darn nice. I do have a lot of experience in building/painting model cars as well.
    So this will be my first figure.
     
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    I don't know. I would buy another G1 Scorponok body to work on first. I know it's expensive, but if you screw up on your only one....
     
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    Yea that is true. I'd probably have to find a junker.
     
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    Got a question in terms of LED's. I want to put LED's inside the thrusters. There are what look like three jet-exhausts on either side of Scorponok, right above his scorpion legs.
    I want to put orange LEDS in there to simulate the turbines glow as I mentioned above. Question is, there will be six LEDS total, what will be the best battery to use and where's the best battery location? I was kind of thinking of a 9V inside his chest. But I don't know electronics that well and don't know if 9v will be enough to light up the 6 LEDS nice and bright.
    Any tips?
     
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    I decided to start on a simple piece of Scorponok. I didn't like how the only chromed parts were these leg-guards? [​IMG]
    So, I washed them completely with Simple Green and let them dry.
    Then, I use this special black Primer which I've done before with several model cars. This is great stuff as a base coat. Goes on easy, dries relatively quick.
    [​IMG]
    Then, I'll follow it with this Tamiya Silver Leaf TS-30. This gives a nice aluminum look to parts. Great for painting on engine pieces. [​IMG]

    Now, I was going to send these parts off to ChromeTech USA to get them re-chromed. However, I didn't want to pay the expenses for shipping, waiting for god knows how long it takes them to chrome, and ship back. Plus, since these are the ONLY CHROMED accessories on Scorponok, I think it looks ridiculous. Secondly, if I'm going to go ahead with this complete repaint of Scorponok, then the chrome will just look out of place.
    So, this is my method of restoring these parts for a better finish.
     
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    Got the primer laid down. This is probably how the body, legs, and forearms will appear. I wonder if I should bother with the insides of these parts. Won't ever see them when their on the figure, so is it worth it?

    [​IMG]
     

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