Customs: Kabya Kit Builders?

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  1. Tigertrack

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    Any Kabya kit builders out there? I recently purchased a rare Kabya WST Scorponok kit on ebay. I hope to get it soon and have questions.
    Are these easy kits to build? I've been building model cars on and off most of my life and fairly descent at it. By no means am I a professional, but I've never built nor seen one of these kits.
    I've heard some people have had good luck painting them, and some people have had bad luck painting them. Is this because of the type of plastic used, or wrong paint, or their particular skill level?
    When I get mine, I hope to paint it cartoon accurate. Or at least look like the original full size one.
     
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    Should be a piece of cake for you.
    If its the original kit (white, blue, grey), I wouldn't try to paint them, mainly because they were never intended to be painted. Paint just doesn't adhere well to the plastic without lots of prep work to maintain the details and prevent flaking.
     
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    I'm not sure what version it is yet as I don't have it on hand.
    Yes it should be a piece of cake, but as you said getting the paint to stay put.
    Will report when I get it. Will also post the build as well.

    I wonder what kind of plastic it is that doesn't allow the paint to stick to it. It doesn't sound like regular modeling plastic.
     
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    I haven't seen it on ebay recently.
    If its from UK from a so called "specialist", its probably the crappy recast.
    From which then there's a LOT more prep work to be done than the original. Like trimming excess flash, getting parts to fit. The originals are very easy to build and require zero glue, parts snapped in place etc. I m a bit of a kabaya enthusiast, and bought most of the recasts when they first came out.
    Never really dove into the specifics for the original, but the recasts are supposedly from recycled plastic(definitely not regular modelling plastic). You could always test your applications on the spruces first and see where to go from there.
     
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    Yep that's where I bought it from. If it weren't for the fact that it was a WST-sized Scorponok, I wouldn't have bought it. But needed it to go along with the much nicer KO WST Fortress Maximus.
     
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    The "WST" term gets thrown around way too much and is just what those sellers use for marketing.
    The kits came out long before the WST line. They were pretty much like the actual G1 toys in that they ignore any scale. More of a coincident than anything else if any figure "scale" correctly with any actual toy.
    There's also a kabaya fort max, and its the same height as this scorp cos they were from the same release.
     
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    Well the Fort Max I got is the regular one that you see sealed on a card. Nothing like the cheap-looking Scorponok.
     
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    I have a bunch of those recasts as well. I've never seen the real deal, but the plastic that these new ones are made out are like the plastic that the caps of soda bottles are made out of. Or an even better comparison is the stuff that saline soultion (for you contacts wearers) comes in. It's really hard to get any paint to stick. It's very slick and gives a bit, so even if you could get the paint to stick, you flex it at all and it'll flake off.
    i bought every different one of these I could find, and my long term goal was to recast them and fix some of the major flaws. I don't know how your's look, but mine are pretty rough.

    Randy!
     
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    i have found where unpaintable plastic is concerned,if you use super glue to it before painting,the paint will adhere to the glue coated surface.just be sure to use a glue with brush applicator,and wait for it to dry completely
     
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    Yup...that should do it! Brilliant idea!

    I wonder if the Future-treatment might work as well....
     

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