Minor/Repaint: Emo Galvatron gets a Dye job.

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  1. ShadowStitch

    ShadowStitch vectoring the hate plague

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    I was somewhat intrigued by the subtle variations introduced on the Henkei version of Galvatron (minus the chrome nightmare) thanks to the Black connecting pieces, so I decided to pick up an extra and see what damage I could do with a dye job and a little paint stripping.

    Used: 1 Universe Deluxe Galvatron, Black Rit Dye, 91% Isopropyl Alcohol.

    Basically, I just took him apart, screw by screw, pin by pin, then dyed all of the orange nylon/pvc parts black. This was pretty time consuming, and runs the risk of warping some of the very small pieces. I recommend dyeing them at a very low heat temperature, since they will suck up the dye like a sponge anyways.

    Also, the left arm is actually molded in the same plastic as the rest of the purple parts, it's just painted grey for no good reason I can figure. A little alcohol bath and some scrubbing with an old toothbrush and his arm is paint-free and totally purple. This is easy enough that anyone could do it with a half hour's work.

    So on with the photos:

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    Back in Black

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    "Sweeps! Terminate him!"

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    Your bargaining posture is highly dubious.

    Here are some comparisons between the Black and Original Orange flavors:

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    Fraternal Twins

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    Brotha from Anotha Motha

    And finally, here are some pics of the original figure with the stripped arm, and the black figure with the original arm:

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    Black bot, Grey original arm.

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    Orange bot, Purple stripped arm.

    And of course, some Tank pics, but frankly there's not a lot of difference, as the only orange parts really visible are the Cannon Trigger and the connector for the Missile Rack:

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    Tank you very much.

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    No tank you.

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    Tanks for the memories.

    Of course I've done other little mods, aimed at increasing cohesion, articulation, and stability, like adding pins to the jetpack joints, adding the pimp hand articulation, securing the calf pivots with screws, using Apoxie Sculpt to seal the rotating open-ended plugs on the thighs, and of course adding glue to the loose ball joints. But that's not really important to this demonstration.

    That's pretty much it... What do you think, sirs?
     

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  2. agentgro420

    agentgro420 Le potteux

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    Way better than freaking orange/pink!!

    maybe i'll stole this idea...to finally try to dye something. thanks for the idea;) 
     
  3. plowking

    plowking I'm with ErechOveraker. Veteran

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    Agreed. WAY BETTER!!

    :thumb 
     
  4. Ramrider

    Ramrider TF Art Lad

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    Good call, sir. Makes all the difference.
     
  5. Nemesis Predaking

    Nemesis Predaking Offical Enforcer WTF@TFW Veteran

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    I 4th this, motion passed & carried.
    Awesome job.
     
  6. frenzyrumble

    frenzyrumble Banned

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    much better.
     
  7. anovasinn

    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    orange?:confused:  it looked pink on my pc which makes the change even more impressive
     
  8. Hicks_Royel

    Hicks_Royel Chicks dig the Mutt!

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    Now... what can you do about his being three sizes too small, my friend?
     
  9. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    What do I think? YOU ROCK AND SO DOES THIS.
     
  10. ALPHAMAGNUS

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    he'll have to show galvy the true meaning of Christmas!

    great job, the pinkorange , is whats keeping me from caring about this mold.
     
  11. ShadowStitch

    ShadowStitch vectoring the hate plague

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    Please do! But if you give it a try, remember, the orange parts are pretty soft, so they will absorb dye much more readily at lower temps.

    If you follow Redline's tutorial, (and I recommend you do,) try dyeing them at far lower temps than normal, less than boiling, to minimize the risk of warping. The only parts of mine that warped were the little rolly wheels, which seem to be a harder nylon than the rest of the parts. I had to trim them a little to get them back to loosely rolling circles.

    Otherwise everything was perfectly fine at way less than boiling temps. It was solid black at two soaks, and I soaked it twice more to ensure that the dye was deep enough that scraping wouldn't be an issue. You'd have to carve off a sizable amount of plastic to get at his pinky-orange candy center.

    Oh, I'm totally waiting for the day someone hits this bad boy with some hydrospan. :D 
     
  12. mattarmstrong

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    I am gonna have to do that with mine that is great
     
  13. Hicks_Royel

    Hicks_Royel Chicks dig the Mutt!

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    Heh.
     
  14. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    very nicely improved, I must say. I believe I'll end up doing all those tweaks myself.
     
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    Good job, but i kinda prefer the orange. With the black pieces, i think he's missing some color variation.

    But that's just me.
     
  16. Xhairs

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    great job . now thats how he should of been done.
     
  17. Anti Spark

    Anti Spark It'S DUB Or Nothing!

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    Cool!!!
     
  18. Dormamu

    Dormamu I am Broot.

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    So glad you did this....I've been wondering what mine would look like with that modification too.
     
  19. DoubleClouder

    DoubleClouder Autobot/Decepticon

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    What brand of dye did you use?
     
  20. ShadowStitch

    ShadowStitch vectoring the hate plague

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    It's just RIT dye and Acetone, prepared as per Redline's tutorial.
     

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