Minor/Repaint: Don't Tread On My Sky: Titans Return Voyager Flywheels

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  1. Seeaich

    Seeaich Inaction Master

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    Thanks to a discount TR Megs from fellow fan @privatespoon I had the means for a bold experiment in dyeing. Though the Box Sets are consigned to the Never-Have-Been I was almost certain I could see in Blitzwing how the rumoured Flywheels supposedly of them would have been iterated, no longer a dead concept after exposure to Racing Red Rit Dyemore, some Mr. Hobby Aqueous Hobby Colour Metal Black, and the ever handy Toyhax spares...
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  2. warhawk

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    WOW, that paintjob looks factory!
     
  3. Seeaich

    Seeaich Inaction Master

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    Some of it is, I ran the risk of not stripping off Megs, and luckily they survived the ordeal! ;) 
     
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    Looks great! I'd like to see how it'd look with the headmaster helmet painted in the steel grey you put on the forearms.
     
  5. Seeaich

    Seeaich Inaction Master

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    Unfortunately, I'd only be able to paint the front faceplate as the jet cockpit is so tight on the arm sides, and I prefer his head having a well-unified deco so rather the metal black with patches of tan I stuck with stock deco.
     
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    Very hot! (Cool didn't seem like the right word since he's red)

    Did you have to disassemble him for the dye?
     
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  7. Seeaich

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    I did not but luckily the only places you can really tell aren't very visible (around the axis of the chest/jet nosecone) so a more confident disassembler might want to at least separate him into core components, whereas I just had him in something of an exploded out mid-transformation like this...
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    Also I did not do the dye on a stove top (because I am a wuss and didn't want to risk melting bits of him on a pan side or bottom - or get dye all over where we prepare food), instead I boiled a kettle, bunged the whole bottle of dye over the jet-ish Megs with unfurled arms n' cockpit you see there in a container deep enough to totally cover him and poured the almost-but-not-totally boiled water over it and stirred.
    That wasn't enough though, so I snagged an old defunct electric kettle we had stored away and re-almost-boiled the re-applied the dye hot again another 3 times over the course of the next day (fairly regularly over 7-or-8 hours or so). Which I did outside way away from anything else I might stain by accident.

    Main Caveats: It has partially broken the flip-up shoulder gimmick as the button does not release them immediately but they can still be flipped up manually with the catch pressed and they still clip back down too so I can live with that. The cumulative heat also shifted some of the tolerances, his arm/tread mounting pylons tab in super tight now as do the leg panels, and his knees, chest rotation & wing hinges were all loosened some his knees worst of all but a bit of clear nail polish on the latter two and Future polish on the former sorted that out.
    When it comes to the legs I had the panels open for dyeing, I don't know if having them shut might have been better or worse because of the tightening, or if that might have deformed the panels due to stress? Basically this fella was made as much by Luck as Judgement!
     
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  8. Sidewings

    Sidewings Victim Of Boredom

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    For a while I thought that you used M. Bison Megatron for it. Excellent dye job.
     
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  9. Seeaich

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    Oh, yeah! There IS a more expensive but easier way to do it! :lol 
     
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    MyTea Boc Beardy Boyo!

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    Awesome dude
     
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    Very cool indeed
     
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    Nice paint job! I love the choice of red.
     
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  13. Datstro

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    Great job man!
    I've been meaning to experiment with the dyes and you've just reinvigorated my interest with this awesome looking custom.
    A dye success and I like it!
    Good stuff!
     
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    jame5y Till All Are One..In the UK Thread

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    Not enough love for this! Fantastic job dude!
     
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  15. Seeaich

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    Thank you all, gents, you are far too kind! It's more much luck of the dye.
    if you fancy a go at dyeing yourself, @Datstro, I recommend trying the old electric kettle method described above WITH an extra caveat, don't go to full boil with the dye in the kettle! I accidentally did with a smaller amount for a smaller item (Dyeing a spare Sixshot helmet red for Quickswitch) and it boiled over & foamed out of the kettle (luckily I was still doing it outdoors and had heavy rubber gloves on, plus ironically the kettle clicked off just as I went to hit the switch). So I strenuously restate DO NOT FULLY BOIL IT, especially at lower volumes of dye for small items I'd advise timing the kettle's boil cycle with plain water of the same volume of dye you want to make so you know when to hit the switch.
    Also as stated some mechanisms may be vulnerable to heat damage and tolerances may shift on some plastics so some post-dye snagging may be necessary.
    I'd still recommend the electric kettle outdoors pouring into a container method over doing it on a stove top in a pan you have to regulate the heat of while keeping the figure away from hot, melty pan surfaces.
     
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    Very impressive, I destroyed several Hotrods a few years back trying to dye one. It's really not as easy as it sounds! Yours turned out beautiful kudos.
     
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    Hicks_Royel Possibly a manchildren...maybe?

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    Rit Dyemore is some impressive stuff. Seeing your effort here gives me confidence my own project will be all right.

    Nice work.
     
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  18. Datstro

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    Thanks buddy.
    Great advice!
    Will give it a shot soon :) 
     
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    That really makes me want to see what a coral dye would do to Wreck Gar. HMMMMMM
     
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